Looking for a New Job? We’re Hiring!

July 10th, 2008 by Jennifer

Answer Indiana/ American Inbound is an inbound call center CURRENTLY looking for new employees to work in-house. I must say, I like working here and love the group of people with whom I work! Above all, we are not telemarketers. We actually help people which makes this quite a rewarding job.

If you are interested in an operator position (full or part time, day or evening), come down to 1111 North Walnut in Bloomington, Indiana between 9am and 4pm to fill out an application. Questions about where we’re located? Call us at 812-322-6445.

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August 19: Indiana Do Not Call List Deadline

July 10th, 2008 by Jennifer

I just wanted to give everyone fair warning that the next registration deadline for the state of Indiana’s Telephone Privacy List will be August 19. That’s a little over a month away!

 By registering on or before this date, you can ensure that your registration will take effect on October 1, 2008. Registering after this date will mean that your registration will not take effect until January 1st, 2009-the next quarterly update.

There is no need to reregister for the Indiana Telephone Privacy List once you have registered UNLESS you change the way your telephone is billed or get a new number. Keep in mind this list is for residential telephones only (no business or cell phone numbers).

To register yourself online or verify that you are registered, CLICK HERE.

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Using SMS to Prevent Crime

July 5th, 2008 by Jennifer

Answering services often use SMS to get emergency messages to service technicians and doctors. Now, police departments have found a new use for this technological convenience. Following in Boston’s and Cincinnati’s footsteps, Louisville is encouraging people, young people in particular, to text message anonymously the police about crimes. Among the crimes that have already been reported to the police sergeant are school vandalism and illegal dumping in the forest.

 For more on this new use of SMS texting, click here.

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How much are operators paid in the United States?

June 30th, 2008 by Jennifer

Dear Fellow Operator, 
The other day I was investigating how much answering service employers typically pay their dutiful operators. What I found was quite surprising! According to the United States Department of Labor, operators in the 10th percentile make $7.97 on average. Those in the 90th percentile make a whopping $16.40 an hour! What does an operator make on average? $11.28. Want a high paying operator job? I’d recommend moving to Washington D.C., Hawaii, Alaska, New York, and Connecticut–they have the highest paid operators in the country!
<3Jennifer

For more statistics on operator pay as well as the ones listed above, see the United States Department of Labor Statistics website.

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The Price of Contact

June 25th, 2008 by Jennifer

A recent study, the Trends in Global Contact Center Outsourcing Pricing and Attrition Report, has found that the cost of providing call centers varies nationally. Among the most expensive places to run a call center (and, in turn, hire a call center) are France, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. Among the cheapest-Columbia, India, and the Phillipines. The United States stands somewhere in the middle.

To read the blogpost about the report, Click here!

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Aloha from El Paso…May I take your McOrder?

June 23rd, 2008 by Jennifer

Although many different types of businesses can benefit from using inbound call centers, I was very surprised when I came across an article on the El Paso Times website. According to the article, even McDonald’s is using call centers…and not for what you might think! In order to improve order accuracy, 31 out of 50 McDonald’s in Hawaii use a call center to take drive through orders. One of the most difficult parts for the call center is understanding native Hawaians’ pidgin language. This just goes to show that the role of call centers is ever-evolving!

To read the full article, click here!

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Hiring a New Operator: The Importance of Verbal Communication Skills

June 21st, 2008 by Jennifer

By testing the verbal communication skills of prospective employees, you can save your company time and money.  As Banks & Dean (a company that offers solutions for hiring in call centers) points out, many call center hirers are unaware that verbal communication skills can be tested ahead of time. Additionally they say that a new system, Interactive Voice Technology (IVR), allows employers to test phone and communication skills before hiring.

For a wonderful guide to hiring in call centers from Banks&Dean, CLICK HERE.

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Answering from Home: A Growing Trend

June 18th, 2008 by Jennifer

Having trouble staffing your call center? It may be adventageous to your answering service to hire operators who work from home. Not only can you find more people willing to do the job (many people would love to work from home), but also you will be able to cut down on absences. During busy times, a shift manager can call a remote operator and ask if they can go into rotation and take calls.

Afraid that operators who work from home will not do their job properly because they’re unsupervised? Don’t worry. Virtual supervision is available. With call recording technology, every call an operator takes can be recorded and heard by call center management.

Click Here to read an article about at home call center operators

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Training a Call Center Shift Manager

June 14th, 2008 by Jennifer

If you’re in need of a new shift manager but are not sure whether an operator is cut out for the job, try promoting a senior operator to “second in command” says Donna Fluss of DMG consulting. How do you know whether an operator is ready to take on such responsibilities? Look for a senior operator who:

  1.  has good knowledge of your call center’s procedures
  2.  is responsible and punctual
  3.  is self-motivated worker with good habits
  4. has excellent customer service skills and the ability to deal with angry or upset callers

The “second in command” position is a good way to test whether these skills are present in your senior operator before you take the big plunge!

More information on training call center managers

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Cell Phones: The Tracking Collar of Man

June 13th, 2008 by Jennifer

Scientists in Europe and the United States have found a new way to track humans comparable to the way they track animals and their movements in the wild! By looking at which towers carry an individual’s cell phone calls, scientists are able to look at the traveling habits of homo sapiens. Not surprisingly, we are a fairly boring species. The research suggests that most humans do not often roam far from home. We go to work, to the same stores, and back home again a majority of the time.

 To read more about the European research, Click Here.

To read more about Boston scientists’ research, Click Here.

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