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Old 07-12-2007, 07:20 PM   #1
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for all us unemployed ppl: CV resume thingy thread

what's the difference between a client and a customer? in UK english?

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Old 07-12-2007, 07:26 PM   #2
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I think one serves a client through providing a service (consulting, design, medical advice, etc), but one provides a product to a customer (retail sales). There are grey areas/overlap.
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:37 PM   #3
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cool, thank you

so when i speak of people that i deliver IT-services to (implementing applications, etc), those should be referred to as clients?

right?
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:41 PM   #4
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I would say they're a client unless you are also providing something like software, in which case I would say customer even if you're also training them to use it. Keep in mind that I'm American, however. As far as I know there's no difference across the pond with those particular words, but....

Ask Craig, maybe?
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:44 PM   #5
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oh poop.. haha


here in the NLs only lawyers and psychiatrists or psychiatric therapists have clients.. the rest are customers.. much easier!
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and how do you call the company that gives you an assignment when you're needed as consultant?


someone translated it as "initiator" but that looks kind of weird..
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:51 PM   #7
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They could be a client as well. What context are you using it in?
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:54 PM   #8
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i'm describing my previous job--

point-of-contact between customer/client and IT suppliers to guide them through the IT-change process.
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^Yeah, probably "client". Now that I think about it, there's something about the duration of the job involved, too. If it's a longstanding business relationship where you provide some kind of service multiple times, you're likely to say you have "clients".
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:57 PM   #10
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Client in that context.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:06 PM   #11
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:25 PM   #12
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and how do you call the company that gives you an assignment when you're needed as consultant?


someone translated it as "initiator" but that looks kind of weird..
are you saying this company matched you as a consultant to another company's need? agency, maybe?
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Old 07-13-2007, 01:13 AM   #13
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You could always call them consumers or users, or possibly end-users if I am getting the context correct.
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Old 07-13-2007, 02:03 AM   #14
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and how do you call the company that gives you an assignment when you're needed as consultant?


someone translated it as "initiator" but that looks kind of weird..
another vote for "client."

I'm a contractor. when I'm employed, I have "clients," and I subcontract out to "vendors."

"vendors" includes graphic designers and photographers.
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:06 PM   #15
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client.

A customer stands in line at the store to buy something.
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