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Interact with customers to provide information in response to inquiries about products and services and to handle and resolve complaints.

    Work Activities
    • Confer with customers by telephone or in person to provide information about products or services, take or enter orders, cancel accounts, or obtain details of complaints.
    • Check to ensure that appropriate changes were made to resolve customers' problems.
    • Keep records of customer interactions or transactions, recording details of inquiries, complaints, or comments, as well as actions taken.
    • Refer unresolved customer grievances to designated departments for further investigation.
    • Determine charges for services requested, collect deposits or payments, or arrange for billing.
    • Resolve customers' service or billing complaints by performing activities such as exchanging merchandise, refunding money, or adjusting bills.
    • Complete contract forms, prepare change of address records, or issue service discontinuance orders, using computers.
    • Contact customers to respond to inquiries or to notify them of claim investigation results or any planned adjustments.
    • Solicit sales of new or additional services or products.
    • Order tests that could determine the causes of product malfunctions.
    • Obtain and examine all relevant information to assess validity of complaints and to determine possible causes, such as extreme weather conditions that could increase utility bills.
    • Review claims adjustments with dealers, examining parts claimed to be defective, and approving or disapproving dealers' claims.
    • Review insurance policy terms to determine whether a particular loss is covered by insurance.
    • Compare disputed merchandise with original requisitions and information from invoices and prepare invoices for returned goods.
    • Recommend improvements in products, packaging, shipping, service, or billing methods and procedures to prevent future problems.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Speech Clarity

      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $34,730/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.70/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 90,390
    • Yearly Projected Openings 11,760
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Standalone telephone caller identification
    • Special purpose telephones
    • Phone headsets
    • Digital telephones
    • Autodialers
    Technology
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Customer relationship management CRM software
    • Accounting software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.