Sales Representative

Sales representatives introduce the public or buyers to products or services and try to create an interest, which would lead to the placement of orders for the products or the utilisation of the company's services.


Sales representatives use samples and brochures to introduce the wares and services, explain their use and benefits, and answer questions with regard to the product and service on offer. They do not merely act as vendors, but are in fact companies’ ambassadors. It is their job to explain the sales policies, attitudes, aims and intentions of the firm.


Sales representatives are also liaison officers between a firm and it’s clients. A client can be anyone from an attorney to a mechanic. Sales representatives need to visit clients regularly to maintain a good rapport and positive attitude. It is therefore expected in some organisations that sales representatives will travel extensively. Companies usually provide sales representatives with vehicles or transport allowances to cover travelling expenses. Some reps may visit clients on foot or make use of public transport within the perimeters of large cities.


Employment


  • retail stores

  • manufacturing firms

  • large and small businesses

  • wholesalers of such items as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, clothing, cleaning agents, kitchenware and foodstuffs


Getting Started


  • volunteer to help out at church and community functions, such as jumble sales

  • try to get vacation work as a shop assistant

  • speak to a sales representative about the work


Programmes

Boland TVET College, Boston City Campus and Business College, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Capricorn TVET College, Central Johannesburg TVET College, Central University of Technology, Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , Durban University of Technology , Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Ekurhuleni East TVET College, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Flavius Mareka TVET College, Gert Sibande TVET College, Goldfields TVET College, Ingwe TVET College, King Hintsa TVET College, King Sabata TVET College, Letaba TVET College, Majuba TVET College, Maluti TVET College, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Mopani South East TVET College, Motheo TVET College, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Northern Cape Urban TVET College, Northlink College, Port Elizabeth TVET College, Sedibeng TVET College, Sekhukhune TVET College, South Cape TVET College, South West Gauteng TVET College, Thekwini TVET College, Tshwane North TVET College, Tshwane South TVET College, Tshwane University of Technology, Umgungundlovu TVET College, University of Fort Hare, University of Johannesburg, Vaal University of Technology, Vuselela TVET College, Waterberg TVET College, Western TVET College


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