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The Sales and Retail Industry employs a large amount of people in the UK.

Sales jobs can be found across many different industries including insurance, finance, manufacturing, retail, agricultural, pharmaceuticals and many more. You could be selling loans, credit cards, houses, cars, insurance, industrial equipment, lawn mowers to name a few.

Selling can be split into the following categories:

  • Retail - Sale of goods to the public in relatively small quantities
  • Telesales - A service that sells products or services directly to customers by telephone.
  • Business to Business - Sales made between two businesses such as a manufacturer and a wholesaler or wholesaler and a retailer.
  • Export Sales - Selling goods and services that are to be shipped out of the country

A sales career can offer high rewards but can be very challenging, often working under pressure to meet targets. It is also very competitive, many companies will offer a basic salary plus commission which could be based on meeting the set targets.

If you are confident, optimistic, you have empathy with others, you love speaking to people and you want an exciting, dynamic career with the potential for high earnings, a career in sales could be for you.

Have a look at the different sectors below to see what options are out there for you.

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Wood Worker RPA 210372
Closing Date:
6th February 2019
Salary:
8.01 per hour
Location:
RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk
Part Time 20 hours per week. DESCRIPTION: You will provide guidance and assist customers of varying levels of knowledge with a range of projects in the wood crafts center. You will also instruct patrons in various wood crafting machine operations and sells v...
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Level 2 Animal Grooming Apprentice : Pets at Home Ltd
Closing Date:
19th March 2019
Salary:
£144.30 p/w
Location:
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
You will work alongside the Salon team to provide a high standard of pet care and customer service. Following Pets at Home’s in house training program you will develop the skills to groom a variety of breeds. You will start with preparing dogs for their groom;...
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Volunteer Scheme
Location:
Banham, Norfolk
Our wonderful team of Volunteers are invaluable in helping us continue to grow and develop as a charity.
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Ticket Office/Front of House
Closing Date:
29th March 2019
Location:
Norwich, Norfolk
Welcoming everyone in with a big smile!
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Retail
Closing Date:
29th March 2019
Location:
Norwich, Norfolk
Come and help sell weird and wonderful goodies in the Bizarre Bazaar.
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