Category: Administrative Career Planning

  • How to Become a Receptionist

    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 […]

  • How to Become a General Office Clerk

    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 […]

  • How to Become a Secretary or Administrative Assistant

    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 […]

  • Does Formal Education Really Impact Earning Potential?

    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 […]

  • What to Expect if Hired as an Office Clerk

    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, […]

  • Job Outlook for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

    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 […]

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

    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, […]

  • Writing a Cover Letter that Works

    Writing a Cover Letter that Works

    Your cover letter is your opportunity to make a good first impression with the Federal hiring manager. It provides you with the chance to convince the hiring manager to read your résumé and it lets you explain how your experiences tie into the job to which you are applying. Make sure that you have carefully […]

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

    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 […]