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How do I Become a Collection Supervisor?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 22 August 2018
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There are two main routes you can take to become a collection supervisor. The one you choose will depend on your experience level, educational background, and personal preference. It is important to consider why you want to enter this field and then determine the attributes you have that will be beneficial to employers.

One way to become a collection supervisor is to begin working in a lower level position and move your way up. You may start working with a particular company as a collections agent. Once you’ve shown upper management that you are hard-working and good at your job, it is possible that you will be given the opportunity for promotion. This option can take several years to accomplish, but many employers are beginning to value hard work and talent more than years of experience. Do your very best work and express your desires for career advancement.

To further your advancement goals within a company, you may consider taking classes or completing coursework sponsored by the organization. This will not only enhance your skills on the job, but will send a clear message to management that you care about the work and want to do well. Most employers will appreciate the initiative and will keep you in mind when a collection supervisor position comes available.

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Sometimes it is possible to gain experience at one company and then become a collection supervisor at another within the same industry. If you have proven that you have the experience and talent required to handle the job, then you may consider applying for a collection supervisor position at any company that is hiring.

Another, and sometimes faster, way to become a collection supervisor is to obtain a four-year college degree with this goal in mind. Study courses in management or business and be sure to keep your grades up. You may also find an internship while you’re still in school to provide real world experience. This will make you more attractive to employers upon graduation.

Although you may have to enter a position lower than collection supervisor even with a college degree, you will probably enter the field in a better position than someone with less of an educational background. You may also receive higher pay. This is especially true if you maintained excellent grades and attended a well-known institution.

To gain employment at a particular company, you should be proactive. Stop by their offices and speak with a supervisor. Tell them about your goals of working for them and discuss your background, talents and education if applicable. If there are no positions available at that time, leave your information with them and check back frequently.

If you do not have a specific company in mind when you begin job hunting, you may try posting your resume on an online job board, attending job fairs, and networking with current or past co-workers. Colleges also feature job boards and counseling to help students find employment after graduation. The most important thing is to get your name out there so that as many potential employers hear about you as possible.

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