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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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Farmfoods Retail Apprenticeship : Farm Foods
Closing Date:
30th November 2018
Salary:
£210.00 p/w
Location:
Thetford, Norfolk
Retail Apprentices are hard-working and friendly people. You are responsible for the efficiency of your shop and as a member of our team you’ll do a bit of everything. From serving customers on the till to keeping shelves and freezers full, you are a friendly...
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Part time staff vacancies - Bury St Edmunds
Location:
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Part time staff vacancies - Starlings Toymaster
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Apprentice Customer Assistant : CC Betts & Son
Closing Date:
17th November 2018
Salary:
£148.00 p/w
Location:
Beccles, Suffolk
Do you want to work for a busy builders merchants helping all types of customers? Are you dynamic, driven and self motivated? If yes then working for C C Betts and Son Ltd could be perfect for you.
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Customer Service Apprentice : Siterite Solutions Ltd
Closing Date:
19th November 2018
Salary:
£150.00 p/w
Location:
Woodbridge, Suffolk
Are you a driven and motivated individual looking to start your career in a small successful yet friendly recruitment agency? If so this vacancy at Siterite, located in Little Bealings could be the perfect role for you! Apply today and we will be in contact!
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Citroën After Sales Adviser Apprenticeship : Desira Group Plc
Closing Date:
7th December 2018
Salary:
£148.00 p/w
Location:
Diss, Norfolk
This exciting apprenticeship programme is ideal for someone who enjoys engaging with people, a challenging and varied working environment, and who wants to develop a long term career with an ambitious automotive brand.
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Christmas Store Associates
Closing Date:
30th November 2018
Salary:
To be confirmed
Location:
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
TK Maxx are looking for enthusiastic temporary Store Associates to join them for a festive adventure. A role filled with fun, learning opportunities and Santa hats Apply in store or collect an application form from the Careers Advice team in the Gateway at We...
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