A Customer Service Representative is a job that requires the ability to handle multiple tasks. They usually take incoming telephone calls and information over the telephone, but some Customer Service Representatives also make outbound calls to their customers. In most instances it is required to have a High school diploma, and in most cases an Associate degree in Arts or Business is highly desirable. In today's fast pace technology industry its required that most Customer Service Representatives have knowledge or experience in some computer base systems such as Microsoft Word, Excel, or Power point. Also being a certified typist is highly desirable because most of the time you will be inputting data into a data base system, and the company you work for want someone with typing experience and speed. There usually is a minimum typing speed word per minutes test that most Customer Service Representatives must take and pass. Customer Service Representatives work for many different companies from insurance companies, manufacturing corporations, cable corporations, rental industries, beverage industries, and many more companies. Also it is common that the majority of Customer Service Representatives work in call centers, and their co-workers are usually trained in the same programs as they are. They usually are seated in a cubicle, and a typical work hours could varies some ranging from Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm. However if you are working in a call center, they usually are opened 24 hours 7 days a week. In this case, you can work either first shift usually 7am to 3pm, second shift 3pm to 11pm, or third shift 11p to 7am. Customer Service Representatives also no longer have to be confined to a building, because a lot are now being offered the opportunity to work from home.
Customer Service Representative (CSR) Tasks
- Builds and maintain business relationship with clients by providing prompt and accurate service so as to promote customer loyalty.
- First point of customer contact for general inquiries like pricing, products, scheduling etc.
- Ensures delivery of excellent customer service through fast and accurate processing of orders, communication, and coordinating with other departments to resolve inquires.