Accounts receivable clerks are responsible for recovering loans or fees due to their place of work. To do this, they make collection calls or send out reminder emails or letters. Their work is vital, as their efforts will directly affect the cash-flow of their business, and also set the expected standards of operation of their debtors and customers.
Unlike other accounting positons, accounting clerks need to have a higher level of interpersonal skills and be able to work with and around people that owe the business money. In some cases, this might require patience and persuasion, whereas other cases might take force or threat of legal action. Accounts receivable positions are usually repetitive, so those in this position should be able to do similar work and activities for lengthy periods.
The minimum requirement to get an accounts receivable position is to have completed a secondary education. However, most employers will want their candidates to have achieved a degree or completed a tertiary education in business or accounting.