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Computer / Software Sales Assistant

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€18k > 30
Computer/Software Sales Assistant
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 30
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

While the majority of those employed in this occupation are employed in the wholesale and retail sector, demand, and indeed shortages, primarily relates to those employed in the IT sector, with language skills a key factor.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

-2%
Occupational Category

Business Sales Executives

Also included in this category:

Sales agents; sales consultants; sales executives; technical representatives.

Number Employed:

22,300

Part time workers: 6%
Male / Female: 70 / 30%
Non-Nationals: 23%
With Third Level: 60%
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Computer/software sales assistants work in stores selling computers and computer-related goods. They help customers choose the products that best meet their needs.


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Computer/software sales assistants help customers choose those products which would best meet their needs and perform all the tasks necessary to complete the sale.  
 
Many customers will not have a detailed knowledge of computers, so the assistant may need to spend a while talking to them to find out their needs. Customers will expect in-depth information and informed advice. In many cases, the customer will also want the assistant to demonstrate the hardware or software concerned.  
 
When a sale has been made, assistants take the payment and record the sale on an electronic cash register.  
 
As well as their direct selling responsibilities, computer/software sales assistants are generally expected to perform a range of other duties. These may include setting up display machines and dealing with customer complaints and returned goods.  
 
Many computer/software stores also have associated mail order and Internet operations. In such cases, assistants' responsibilities may also include taking telephone orders and enquiries, answering letters and emails, processing orders, and general post room duties.


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As a computer/software sales assistant, you will need an interest in computers and a good knowledge of the products on sale.  
 
A willingness to learn and develop your knowledge is also important as the technology and computer industry is constantly changing and improving.  
 
You will be the first (perhaps only) person potential customers meet, so you will need to be clean and tidy in appearance, and friendly and polite. Good communication skills are essential, both when listening to customers to try to understand their needs and when explaining sometimes complex technical matters to them. You will need to remain calm and courteous at all times.  
 
You must enjoy working in a close-knit team and be prepared to be adaptable.  
 
Finally, physical fitness/stamina is important, as computer/software sales assistants are on their feet for most of the day. They may also be required to carry heavy boxes containing computers and other equipment to and from the stockroom and to customers' cars.


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...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Computers & ICT
Sales, Retail & Purchasing

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