The computer and internet has not only helped people in providing a good source of information and a platform for interacting with each other. Throughout the years, it has also become one of the means people go to when it comes to finding work and a stable income. There are a lot of online jobs available today; from writing articles for websites and translating pieces of information from one language to another to clicking and watching advertisements for a few cents, people have bitten to the alluring scent of paid online work. It only stands to reason because who wouldn’t want a paid service done in the comforts of the four corners of a room called home?
But throughout the years, there have emerged newer ways of utilizing natural human skills online. Almost everything has gone “digital” or “virtual” these days. One guaranteed way of earning online while making use of innate abilities, as a matter of fact, is by providing real-time customer support through chatting with customers online. This has become so since more and more people tend to spend their time busily browsing the web and surfing for stuff online. Because of this, companies have decided to provide service to their customers whose presence is more apparent in the online world.
So what is this job called and how can anybody land a job like this?
A person attending to customer’s needs online is called a chat agent. Basically, s/he provides reliable information about the company and the products and services it offers to the customer. A chat agent can either be home-based or office-based. But because of the technological nature of the job, many companies tend to hire people from all over the world and have them attend online. This is because the work only needed to be done through the World Wide Web and there is no need for a stationary office anymore. By doing so, the company benefits with the money they will be able to save from building an unnecessary work office. Moreover, hiring people online increases the probability of hiring more capable and outstanding people since there is a wider range of choices.
So how does one become a chat agent? Basically, anybody who can use the computer and has a strong sense of learning skills can become one. It does not matter whatever educational attainment s/he has achieved, as long as s/he is able to comprehend instructions, s/he can land this job. Of course, additional knowledge about the company, the language it uses, and other computer skills is a plus. But as long as s/he can pick up the ropes of the job easily, it should not be that hard anymore.
Most companies also prefer those who have professional experience about the job. A past work relating to customer support and service is an advantage, but not really necessary. Most companies offer training, anyway, so that chat agent aspirants will not be at a complete loss about the field.
Lastly and more importantly, a chat representative aspirant should also be able to construct good and proper sentences. S/he must be able to express her/himself clearly and in a way that a customer will understand. It is better if s/he can translate complex jargons to layman’s terms. All in all, s/he must possess good communication skills and should be open to criticisms and critical opinions.
Having the qualifications for being a chat agent is not really that complicated. But it must be remembered that what’s really tough is keeping the job. So once an opportunity arises, it is advisable to not take it for granted and treat it like any other professional work.