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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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Customer Service Shop Apprentice
Closing Date:
1st September 2019
Salary:
£4.00/h starting wage, increasing with experience.
Location:
Bowthorpe, Norwich, Norfolk
We are looking for a friendly, hard-working and enthusiastic Customer Service Apprentice to join the team. Working in our new board games shop, the successful candidate with have a passion for playing and selling top-quality board games, collectables and merch...
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Current Apprenticeship Vacancies
Location:
Ipswich (Area)
With apprenticeships rising in popularity, now is the time for you to secure one from a diverse range of industries which will stand you in good stead for your future career.
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Drive Vauxhall Vacancies
Closing Date:
2nd August 2019
Salary:
TBC
Location:
Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill, Suffolk
Motor vehicle technician – Bury Aftersales administrator/ customer advisor – Bury Trainee sales executive / internet specialist – Haverhill Vacancies in the above roles are currently available if interested in applying please contact Sarah Ferrari at Drive V...
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Sales Assistant - ROYS
Salary:
£5.70 - £8.21 p/h
Location:
Thetford, Norfolk
You will be required to offer our customers the highest level of customer service and ideally have had experience of working in a similar environment.
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Sales Assistant - Jollyes Petfood Superstores
Salary:
£5.72-8.21 p/h
Location:
Thetford, Norfolk
At Jollyes we understand the importance of having a strong team to deliver an unrivalled customer experience and to promote the brand.
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Product Support Engineer
Salary:
£23,000 to £27,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Location:
Diss, Norfolk
In this role, you would be responsible for providing product support to all departments within the business. This includes help and guidance with standard products for Installation and Assembly operatives. The position will work closely with Design Engineers...
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