What does a Telemarketer do?

A Telemarketer works as a sales representative that uses the telephone to communicate with potential customers. A Telemarketer uses a prepared sales script and contacts customers over the phone to offer a product or service. They have a detailed understanding of the product being offered and can answer potential questions and information about pricing and shipping options. A Telemarketer usually works from a call center and is generally found in an open floor office with a team of other representatives.

Though not always necessary, a high school diploma or equivalent is generally preferred. Excellent customer service skills are essential to succeed in this position. Additionally, a Telemarketer will need to meet monthly sales goals, so personal drive to perform well is an important part of the position as well.

What responsibilities are common for Telemarketer jobs?
  • Work with team members on the call floor to meet sales and performance goals
  • Maintain detailed records of outgoing and ingoing calls as well as follow up information and outcomes
  • Meet or exceed projected weekly and monthly sales goals
  • Intercept and respond to customer complaints or concerns with products and seek to resolve the problem while adhering to company policy
  • Accurately document the customer's personal information including phone number, address and other order information
  • Persuasively engage the customer in conversation to explain how the item will add value to their lives and meet their needs
  • Ask relevant leading questions to understand the customer's needs and recommend the best product or service for their purposes
  • Follow prepared sales script to provide accurate information about a products price, features and benefits
What are the typical qualifications for Telemarketer jobs?
  • 1-3 years of previous experience in customer service or telemarketing preferred
  • Able to accept constructive criticism and continually improve sales techniques
  • Experience handling and processing payment information over the phone is advantageous
  • Ability to promote a product or service using persuasive language and techniques
  • Fluency in English is essential, bilingual is preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Professional experience using online forms to enter payment and personal information
  • Speed and accuracy in typing
  • Experience in a position where meeting sales goals was important indication of performance
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Telemarketer make near United States?

$50,437 /yr
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