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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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Business Sales Trainee (Apprentice)
Closing Date:
28th November 2019
Salary:
£202.00 p/w
Location:
Ipswich, Suffolk
Provide assistance to the mortgage sales department; in particular with administrational support to the Business Development Managers and Mortgage Consultants. The role is also responsible for broker registrations. A good UK geographical knowledge is beneficia...
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Part time Crew Members/ Full Time Delivery/Maintenance Person
Salary:
£6.00 - £8.31 depending on age
Location:
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
McDonalds In Bury St Edmunds are recruiting for a the following Crew Members full time and part time - weekends and evening staff salary offered is £6.00 per hour for 16-17 year old, £6.85 per hour for 18-20 year old and £8.31 per hour for 21 plus. Full trai...
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Retail Travel Sales Consultant
Closing Date:
21st November 2019
Salary:
Competitive
Location:
Norwich, Norfolk
Fred Olsen Travel was established in 1988 with family values at its heart and knowledgeable staff across the board. As one of the UK’s most established travel companies, Fred. Olsen Travel provides outstanding customer service, choice and value for money throu...
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Cinema Host : Odeon
Salary:
up to £8.21 per hour
Location:
Norwich, Norfolk
Are you a film fanatic looking to kick start your career and be our next leading star?Then look no further than our Cinema Host role here at our cinema here in Norwich.
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Temporary Sales Assistant : Paperchase
Salary:
Excellent Salary and Benefits
Location:
Norwich, Norfolk
Our stores are at the heart of our business - our sales assistants are responsible for delivering the exceptional customer service that we’re known for. If you’re passionate about our products and want to work in a fast paced, fun environment then we’d like to...
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Level 2 Animal Grooming Apprentice (Ipswich, Martlesham) : Pets at Home Ltd
Closing Date:
6th January 2020
Salary:
£152.10 p/w
Location:
Ipswich, 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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