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Order Clerks

Receive and process incoming orders for materials, merchandise, classified ads, or services such as repairs, installations, or rental of facilities. Generally receives orders via mail, phone, fax, or other electronic means. Duties include informing customers of receipt, prices, shipping dates, and delays; preparing contracts; and handling complaints.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Verify customer and order information for correctness, checking it against previously obtained information as necessary.
    • Receive and respond to customer complaints.
    • Review orders for completeness according to reporting procedures and forward incomplete orders for further processing.
    • Inform customers by mail or telephone of order information, such as unit prices, shipping dates, and any anticipated delays.
    • Obtain customers' names, addresses, and billing information, product numbers, and specifications of items to be purchased, and enter this information on order forms.
    • Prepare invoices, shipping documents, and contracts.
    • Recommend merchandise or services that will meet customers' needs.
    • Confer with production, sales, shipping, warehouse, or common carrier personnel to expedite or trace shipments.
    • Compute total charges for merchandise or services and shipping charges.
    • Direct specified departments or units to prepare and ship orders to designated locations.
    • Inspect outgoing work for compliance with customers' specifications.
    • Check inventory records to determine availability of requested merchandise.
    • Collect payment for merchandise, record transactions, and send items, such as checks or money orders for further processing.
    • File copies of orders received, or post orders on records.
    • Attempt to sell additional merchandise or services to prospective or current customers by telephone or through visits.
    • Adjust inventory records to reflect product movement.
    • Notify departments when supplies of specific items are low, or when orders would deplete available supplies.
    • Recommend type of packing or labeling needed on order.
    • Calculate and compile order-related statistics, and prepare reports for management.

    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.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • 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.

    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.

    • 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.

    • English Language

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

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 35230/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 16.94/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 8,400
    • Yearly Projected Openings 920

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Persistence
    • Initiative
    • Concern for Others

    Tools

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