by Arthur Kevin Rabago

Some job seekers think that they meet the minimum requirements for the job. The reality is – They may need some improvement in some areas. In this installment, we will analyze a typical call center job ad and discuss what call centers are looking for in candidates. Let’s look at a typical ad:

Call Center Agent

Excellent command of the English language
Aggressive or strong personality
Strong tolerance to stress and pressure
Flexible in terms of work schedule

Now, let us discuss what kind of message the call centers want to convey in the ad:

1) “Excellent command of the English language” – Call centers are not just looking for candidates who can speak and write English. They are looking for people who have great verbal and written english communication skills. Job seekers must have excellent grammar, great voice quality, impeccable spelling skills, as well as the ability to convey their thoughts articulately (both verbally, and in writing).

Knowing how to speak in English is not enough. Candidates must show language mastery.

2) “Aggressive or strong personality”  – Call centers are all about KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and KRAs (Key Result Areas). Your targets may be based on sales, average call handling time, accuracy of information among other things. Successful call center professionals have that go-getter attitude. They walk the extra mile and have a “never say die” attitude when it comes to accomplishing their tasks.

Aggressive call center professionals push themselves to the limit. They exert their best effort all the time.

3) “Strong tolerance to stress and pressure” – A call center career is not for the faint of heart. There will be instances in the day when they encounter rude and unreasonable callers. If one wants to be a great call center professional, he or she must have a strong tolerance to stress, maintain their cool and composure amidst a pressure, and to meet their targets in spite of these obstacles.

4) “Flexible in terms of work schedule” – Working in a call center is not a bed of roses. Not everyone is cut-out to become one. It might even require work during weekends or holidays, and on shifting schedules. Believe it or not: Some people prefer this setup. As long as the candidate is open minded, and can adapt quickly to flexible work schedules, then there is a bright future ahead of him or her in this field.

Sometimes, it pays to do research, and read between the lines when looking at the job ads. They will help you find the best match for your skills and preferences, ensuring a successful career in the call center industry.