What does a Customer Relations do?

Customer service representatives (CSRs) are the front-line support within organizations that sell products and services to consumers and businesses. In consumer sales focused companies, customer service reps provide phone-based support to customers to help resolve product issues, answer account and billing questions, and in some cases, make new sales. In services-focused companies whose sales are business-to-business in nature, a CSR will usually solve specific product quality or integration issues. In such cases, a rep will work closely with an account manager or sales representative.

The skills needed to be a successful customer service representative include: strong communication skills, customer service system experience, and time management and interpersonal skills.

  • Respond to customer inquiries and requests via telephone, email, and chat in a timely fashion
  • Document all inquires, requests, resolutions, and follow-up tasks
  • Escalate inquires and requests as necessary to the appropriate department or person following outlined guidelines
  • Display a courteous and empathetic attitude to all customers
  • Perform research to answer customer inquiries and requests
  • Grow existing customer accounts through exceptional customer service and effective sales techniques
  • Meet quantitative performance metrics as outlined
  • Keep customer accounts current by updating databases during calls
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • 1 year of customer service experience
  • Experience working with inbound and outbound calls, customer retention, and inside sales preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Comfortable working in a high volume role
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and manage time efficiently
  • Basic computer skills in various software and web-based applications
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Customer Relations Salaries

Average Base Pay

$37,825 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$26K
Median: $38K
$54K
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Customer Relations Career Path

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Customer Relations
$37,825/yr
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Read what Customer Relations professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Axess LawAxess Law
Customer Service Representative
Jun 12, 2020

“Katherine is the best manager I ever had and Lena is so Cool and Awesome!”

Sending Love Roses
Customer Service Representative
Oct 5, 2020

“This was the best job I ever had the owners were super supportive and encouraging and help me grow”

TescoTesco
Customer Service
Jul 21, 2021

“the hourly pay at tesco is good and the way the look after colleges is great.”

Look Optometry + Eyewear
Customer Service Representative
Dec 10, 2020

“Dr.Saggu was really nice and wonderful to work with provided many opportunities to learn from.”

SYKESSYKES
Customer Support Agent
Sep 3, 2021

“I liked the people I trained with and the on the job training was excellent as well.”

PureB2BPureB2B
Customer Experience Manager
Feb 11, 2020

“It made my first day very easy and not scary because I already met my team.”

GameStopGameStop
Customer Service Representative
Sep 11, 2019

“The store manager was great I have to say and really down to earth and fun.”

Blue (CA)
Customer Service
Aug 17, 2021

“Pay wasn't great and the hours weren't great but it was also my first real job.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a customer relations

When working as a customer relations, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Customer Service, Excellent Communication, VERBAL Communication, Microsoft Office Suite, and MS OUTLOOK.

The most similar professions to customer relations are:
  • Call Center Representative
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Accountant
  • Executive Assistant

The most common qualifications to become a customer relations include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.