The basic function of a customer service agent is to provide a friendly service to internal and external customers.
The position could also involve processing customer’s orders, making bookings, liaising with other departments and administration. These responsibilities differ according to the industry the agent works in.
The ideal customer service agent is people oriented, highly motivated with a positive and friendly attitude.
Possible requirements for the position:
Excellent communication skills
Possess basic computer skills
Able to work under time constraints
Ability to speak a foreign language
High School Graduate or Equivalent
Minimum of two years Customer service experience or the equivalent experience. Sometimes companies employ customer service agents without experience as trainees.
Customer Service Agents and Representatives (CSR) interact with customers and provide information about products or services as well as handling and resolving customer complaints. They communicate in a variety of ways – by telephone; by e-mail, fax, regular mail; or in person.
Many Customer Service Agents work in call centers. They usually have their own cubicle, computer and telephone. Hours can be long and the agent may work shifts.
In 2006, average hourly earnings for customer service agents were $13.62. The lowest earnings were less than $8.71 and the highest more than $22.11.