How to Become a Receptionist

Although hiring requirements vary by industry and employer, receptionists typically need a high school diploma or equivalent and good communication skills. Education Receptionists typically need a high school diploma or equivalent, and employers may prefer to hire candidates who have experience with certain computer software. Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet applications may be particularly… Continue reading How to Become a Receptionist

How to Become a General Office Clerk

General office clerks typically need a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their skills on the job. Education General office clerks usually need a high school diploma or equivalent. Courses in using computer applications, such as word processing and spreadsheet software, may be helpful for those who aren’t already familiar with them. Training General… Continue reading How to Become a General Office Clerk

How to Become a Secretary or Administrative Assistant

High school graduates who have experience using computer software applications, such as word processing and spreadsheet programs, usually qualify for entry-level positions. Although most secretaries learn their job in several weeks, many legal and medical secretaries require additional training to learn industry-specific terminology. Executive secretaries usually need several years of related work experience. Education High… Continue reading How to Become a Secretary or Administrative Assistant

Does Formal Education Really Impact Earning Potential?

Everyone is told that their level of formal education will greatly determine their earning potential. But is there data to support the concept of ‘learning more-earning more’? And is it possible that the guy who went to work after high school is making as much as the one who completed a four year degree? The… Continue reading Does Formal Education Really Impact Earning Potential?

What to Expect if Hired as an Office Clerk

General office clerks perform a variety of clerical tasks, including answering telephones, typing documents, and filing records. Duties General office clerks typically do the following: Answer and transfer telephone calls or take messages Sort and deliver incoming mail and send outgoing mail Schedule appointments and receive customers or visitors Provide general information to staff, clients,… Continue reading What to Expect if Hired as an Office Clerk

Job Outlook for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

What Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Do Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and administrative duties. They organize files, prepare documents, schedule appointments, and support other staff. Duties Secretaries and administrative assistants typically do the following: Answer telephones and take messages or transfer calls Schedule appointments and update event calendars Arrange staff meetings Handle incoming… Continue reading Job Outlook for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

Has the required skill level of part-time jobs changed over time?

Multiple studies exist that trace the increase in part-time employment in the United States. Some studies attempt to measure the pay gap between full-time and part-time workers, but little research exists that addresses the type of work performed by part-time workers and how the skills required in the job may have changed over time.1 For example,… Continue reading Has the required skill level of part-time jobs changed over time?

What is the Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) Act?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. This fact sheet provides general information about which employers are covered by the FMLA, when employees are eligible and entitled to take FMLA leave, and what rules apply when employees take… Continue reading What is the Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) Act?