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Receptionist Jobs

If you are seeking a position in an office environment, receptionist jobs can be an excellent avenue to explore. Receptionists are needed for businesses in nearly every industry imaginable. As of 2016, there are over 1 million people working as receptionists in the United States, earning an average salary of $13.65 per hour.

What Does a Receptionist Do?

Receptionists are typically responsible for various administrative tasks. These include:

  • Handling phone calls
  • Greeting and directing visitors
  • Booking appointments and meetings
  • General office upkeep
  • Data entry
  • Interoffice communications

Receptionists must have a thorough knowledge of the business they are working for, the people who work there and the industry they are in. Depending on the industry and company, receptionists often have additional tasks unique to their job role.

Finding and Applying for Receptionist Jobs

Receptionist jobs are readily available, and the job is expected to continue growing in the coming years.

When applying for an office receptionist position, you should be sure to highlight any relevant experience to the position and the industry. While specific skills and experience needed can vary by industry, there are a few general qualities employers like to see in a candidate.

  • Good communication skills: As a receptionist, you'll be communicating with many people both within the company as well as with customers, visitors and vendors. Employers want someone who can communicate clearly both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience with common computer software: Employers will train you on any company-specific programs, but it is a good idea to have a working knowledge of commonly used software.
  • Customer service savvy: Front office assistants and medical office assistants are often the first employees that clients meet, so great customer service skills are highly valued.
  • High school diploma: A degree usually isn't necessary to secure a receptionist job, but it can be helpful.

Taking on a job as a receptionist can be an extremely rewarding career path. As a receptionist, you'll have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on your employer's business. With so many businesses that require receptionist services, you have a great shot at finding a position within an industry that suits your skills and interests.

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