How to Get a Job in an Office

You’ve been working for a few years and you are ready to take the next step in your career.  You would like to find an office job, but you don’t know where to start.  Here are some tips that will help make you a competitive candidate for an entry-level office position:

Improve Your Computer Skills

Almost all office jobs require computer skills.  When you enhance your computer skills, you become a stronger candidate and you open yourself up to more positions.  In particular, becoming competent in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook will make your resume more attractive to potential employers.

Customize Your Resume

When you apply for any job, it is a good idea to customize your resume for the particular position.  This allows you to show the employer that you are the perfect fit for the job.  Use the requirements and responsibilities in the job description as a guide when you are customizing your resume.

Try Temporary Work

When looking for a different type of job, it is often easier to get temporary work than it is to get a full time position.  Most temporary agencies have a lot of office positions available.  Sign up with a temp agency, and after a few placements you will have some solid office experience to put on your resume.

Volunteer

Volunteering is another way to get your foot in the door.  Through volunteer work, you can get the opportunity to develop skills that will make you a competitive candidate for an office position.  Make a list of the required skills for your target position and find a volunteer job that would allow you to focus on those skills.  Since you won’t be getting paid, it is important that your volunteer work contributes to your career.

Find a Job with Administrative Responsibilities

If you have never worked in an office, it can be difficult to get that first position.  However, you may be able to find a customer service role that also has administrative responsibilities.  Once you have the experience on your resume, it’ll be easier to transfer over to a full-time office position.

Career growth isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the effort.  The best approach is to stay focused on the employer’s needs and to demonstrate that you are well equipped to meet them.

Written by: Karen Bivand)

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