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Telesales executive Telesales agent, sales adviser

Telesales executives sell products and services to customers and find leads for senior sales staff.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 30 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements. A good standard of general education is important but employers will also want you to have an outgoing and confident personality.

Previous experience in customer service, sales or marketing will be helpful though not essential.

You could get into this career through an apprenticeship.

The Institute of Sales Management (ISM) is the industry body offering qualifications to help you progress in your career.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication skills to build trust with customers quickly
  • sales and negotiation skills
  • IT skills
  • a well organised approach
  • determination and a focus

3. What you'll do

You’ll be:  

  • contacting customers and businesses
  • promoting products, services and special deals
  • following up sales leads and taking orders
  • updating customer records on computer systems
  • advising customers about delivery times
  • setting up appointments for senior sales staff
  • providing after-sales service

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000 to £35,000 (managers)

Some companies offer a basic salary with extra bonuses and commission linked to sales targets.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week on shifts between 8am and 10pm, Monday to Saturday.

You’ll be based in an office or call centre and spend most of your time using a computer. Some companies offer homeworking.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a team leader, senior salesperson or sales manager. 

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Last updated: 05 May 2017