HOW CAN I OBTAIN A RECEPTIONIST JOB WITHOUT FORMAL TRAINING? OR CAN I???

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Senior Citizen in Jacksonville, Florida

98 months ago

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you are really wasting your time, so I will attempt to help you... First of all, you will NEVER get a receptionist job if you do not even have the savvy to understand that typing in all caps is like shouting. A receptionist job these days is virtually the same as a secretary and nobody is going to hire you when you have no conception of how to even write a document without shouting. They will naturally assume you might shout on the phone or say something to a customer that is inappropriate. So... tone it done a notch. Next, don't go for the receptionist job right off the bat. Look for a job in the mail room or as some sort of office assistant and use the pay to support yourself while you show them your initiative by taking night classes in clerical work and computer use. You are also living in the middle of nowhere, unfortunately. Move yourself to Tampa or Orlando. Larger cities have more jobs in the field of office work. Just apply for positions as though you already live in the city and when you are hired, find a way to move there. Get a girlfriend to do the same thing and you both may be able to share a place to start out. Hope this helps. Good luck and NEVER be desperate.

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Edmund Evans in Jacksonville, Florida

86 months ago

How can hiring an older candidates make a company look good. I'd rather have ahottie behind the desk making that "first impression" rather than granny from Beverly Hillbillies.

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Trying in Lubbock, Texas

86 months ago

What I meant is they don't admit to it being age discrimination so they don't think they are breaking the law since no one knows. They just look at the year I graduated high school and say to themselves, she's too old! I also don't think it is ignorance of the law, they know, that is why they don't even call us in for interviews. The one interview I had was one I got on my own.

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado: "Don't waste your time with agencies and headhunters."

I might as well try the agencies, can't hurt, don't have anything to lose and I have plenty of time when I'm not doing yard work! The lady I am working with now is about my age and she told me so very confidently 4 weeks ago that she would have me a job, but it hasn't happened. She has sent my resume to a few places for positions but of course the same no response that I've been getting--nothing but at least I get to talk to her. I called in to the other agencies like I was supposed to and never heard a word from them. I'm still looking and doing what I've been doing all along on my own in job searching. Out of four months of applying I have had 2 or 3 let me know that I didn't get a position. I guess that is unheard of these days.

Most of them are email or fax or apply on a website and some don't give the company name but I am a whiz on google using the domain of the email address! Why do you say use the US Mail? Even when I go in to fill out an application I never see the hiring person, just some young gal chewing gum.

The unemployment rate here is low but it isn't doing me any good. There just aren't a lot of jobs in this area.

Thanks for your comments, finding this website/board at least lets me know I'm not alone.

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Trying in Lubbock, Texas

86 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: Trying in Lubbock, Texas: "What I meant is they don't admit to it being age discrimination so they don't think they are breaking the law since no one knows. They just look at the year I graduated high school and say to themselves, she's too old! I also don't think it is ignorance of the law, they know, that is why they don't even call us in for interviews. The one interview I had was one I got on my own."

It is ignorance of the law in every way. Hiring managers are supposed to know the law lest they risk violating the ADEA and suffering its penalties. The EEOC should rain fire on these ignoramuses good and hard.

In the meantime, take all dates off your resume so your age is less obvious. Try submitting a functional resume; after all, one's skills and abilities are one's stock in trade. The employment process has changed. It is now an exclusionary process. Whatever you do, don't help them exclude you.

I still contend that they do know the law but they know no one will report them b/c we can't prove it so they continue to discriminate.

I had thought about taking the dates off, doubt it will do any good, however if they do ever get a look at me I don't look 62. I do still have to list when I worked and I worked for our family business in 1972. That dates me but that job and the one I had for 6 yrs, 10 years ago is all I have ever worked but I have a lot of experience. Oh I have had a few short jobs but I'm not including them.

Why do you say use the US Mail? It usually says email, fax, in person or gives a box #.

In case it shows my attitude is really bad this afternoon.

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Thankful and Blessed in Spartanburg, South Carolina

86 months ago

Lorraine Wassner in New York, New York said: I am a senior citizen living in New York City. I am not ashamed of my age, 68, and I have recently found myself in a hole financially. Social Security is not enough to sustain me.
When I retired three years ago, I was working as an office manager in a very small office. I loved my job and would love to go back but unfortunately the office has since closed down. Now I am looking for a simple receptionist job, close to my apartment, but do not know where to start looking. I cannot afford to apply to an agency. People look at me like I have two heads when I say I want to go back to work; however, it is necessary financially or I will be in deep trouble.
I need help with suggestions. If anyone can give me some, I sincerely thank you.

Lorraine,
Are there temp agencies where you live? You do not have to pay to sign on with a temp agency. They get paid by the employer to find you a position. They will also test you and find out what your strengths are and try to match you with a position. They work with senior citizens who are trying to find part time positions to supplement their income. Many temp positions are temp to permanment hire meaning if the company likes you, they will hire you permanently. Look in the yellow pages under employment agency or Temp agency. Good luck and best wishes!

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Thankful and Blessed in Spartanburg, South Carolina

86 months ago

Edmund Evans in Jacksonville, Florida said: How can hiring an older candidates make a company look good. I'd rather have ahottie behind the desk making that "first impression" rather than granny from Beverly Hillbillies.

That is a very rude and sexist comment. I am a mom and wife in her early 50's and just as qualified as a "hottie" that may not have my computer skills, verbal and oral communication skills, education or job experience. I hope you are not ever in a position of hiring people- I would hate to work for someone like you.

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Edmund Evans

86 months ago

Thankful and Blessed in Spartanburg, South Carolina said: That is a very rude and sexist comment. I am a mom and wife in her early 50's and just as qualified as a "hottie" that may not have my computer skills, verbal and oral communication skills, education or job experience. I hope you are not ever in a position of hiring people- I would hate to work for someone like you.

Well I apologize if I spoke the TRUTH! As long as the person has the necesssary skill set to perform the duties they are hired for and they look hot they are hired. Pretty people who take care of themselves always have a bit of an edge in life, unfortunately even if they are as dumb as a bag of hammers. I know the truth hurts but if your hot and smart your hired !!

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Trying in Lubbock, Texas

86 months ago

Edmund Evans said: Well I apologize if I spoke the TRUTH! As long as the person has the necesssary skill set to perform the duties they are hired for and they look hot they are hired. Pretty people who take care of themselves always have a bit of an edge in life, unfortunately even if they are as dumb as a bag of hammers. I know the truth hurts but if your hot and smart your hired !!

I may be 62 but I'm no frumpy granny from Beverly Hillbillies. My personal motto is "I'm never getting old". I am age/height proportionate, actually I am thin, have brown hair with blonde highlights and dress in style. No I don't wear short skirts up to my rear or low cut blouses, I never did that when I was young. I have never considered myself a 'hottie' because that is not where my priorities are. I have always taken care of myself. But I can work circles around any hottie! I am great at multi tasking and I get bored if I'm not working so when I go to work I don't show up to eat breakfast and surf the internet. Knowing my age you would be very surprised if you saw me. But no one will ever know that if I can't get an interview.

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Trying in Lubbock, Texas

86 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said:
You don't have to list **dates of employment** as such on your resume. Don't forget, your resume is your document. Your resume is designed to get you past the HR conehead gatekeepers and to an interview. At that point you may have to give dates. You will have to give dates if you must fill out an app. But at least you will be a human being that is communicating with another, hopefully, human being, as opposed to being but a piece of paper that can be flippantly tossed aside - that is, if you serve them that opportunity.

Take a look at the functional resume format at this link. You'll see how it treats periods of employment.

www.bankrate.com/nsc/news/pf/20060517b1.asp

Thanks you have been a lot of help to me. I have reworked my resume and taken all dates out, hopefully that will help.

Of course, you must follow directions on contacting the employer. Absent such directions, I'm old fashioned. I think resumes and cover letters printed on nice paper, with your signature in real ink, and arriving in matching envelopes present better than fax or e-mail. With so many Resume Rabbits blasting resumes your materials could be deleted as spam. Faxed materials appear dull and bland, or can get lost or chewed up in the fax machine.

I see your point about mailing a resume with a nice address printed envelope etc.

I really appreciate your help.

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Trying in Lubbock, Texas

86 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: Trying in Lubbock, Texas: "[S]o when I go to work I don't show up to eat breakfast and surf the internet...."

You mean you're not also texting your buds, yakking to your BFFs on your cell, or reading YouTube or MySpace? :D

hahaha too funny. I have something better than My Space, it is an online diary and I've made some good friends. A bunch of us from all over the US even met in Vegas in '04. I do like You Tube, but no not at work. There is one lady on the diary website about 8 yrs younger than me (looks older though ha ha) and she always writes her diary entry first thing every morning <U>at work</U> and has been complaining that her work has blocked Photobucket where a lot of us host our pictures. She moans that she never gets on the diary at home to see the pictures, no she plays some game at home till all hours and is posing as someone younger.

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Trying in Lubbock, Texas

86 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: You bet. Just some different food for thought.

Best of luck with your job search.

Thanks, you too.

My youngest son lived in the Denver area for 6 yrs and worked for Lockheed Martin until he got the bright idea to apply for a job in England and moved in June 05. He loved Denver but wanted to travel. He has. He met a girl from Australia 3 months after moving over there and they got married in Dec 07 in Australia (I didn't like Australia, too much fish and water). The plan is to have a baby and move to Australia in 2010 to live. Just found out they are pregnant but it is breaking my heart that they will live 9,000 miles away with my only grandchild. He misses the snowboarding and skiing.

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Trying in Lubbock, Texas

86 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: He may be missing Lockheed Martin as well, especially considering its great success with the Phoenix Mars lander and being the prime contractor on the Orion project. On the other hand, many people don't like working for LockMart.

He has liked it as far as I know. He left NASA in Houston b/c first wife didn't like it down there. They put him on an accelerated career path and he is doing very well. Has been to Washington, DC several times and is coming to Denver for some training this summer. Have no idea what kind of work aerospace engineers can find in Australia.

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Thankful and Blessed in Spartanburg, South Carolina

86 months ago

Right On! You go Girl!

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Trying in Lubbock, Texas

85 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: You bet. Just some different food for thought.

Best of luck with your job search.

I got a job today!!! Emailed my 'new' resume on Saturday and had a guy call this morning at 7:30. He was impressed with my qualifications. The way the new resume listed them made them stand out more. I will be doing accounts receivable, payroll, do some posting and answer the phone as back up for another girl. I do have benefits also. It is a family owned company and he pays very well. He wanted to hire me at the interview but he said he had another person to interview. He called and offered me the job 1 hr 20 min after I left the interview. I feel sure he didn't even have time to call references.

I start in the morning b/c the girl in the position is leaving after this week.

Thank you again for your help. I'll think of you often and send good wishes your way hoping you find something.

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Trying in Lubbock, Texas

85 months ago

Trying in Lubbock, Texas said: I got a job today!!! Emailed my 'new' resume on Saturday and had a guy call this morning at 7:30. He was impressed with my qualifications. The way the new resume listed them made them stand out more. I will be doing accounts receivable, payroll, do some posting and answer the phone as back up for another girl. I do have benefits also. It is a family owned company and he pays very well. He wanted to hire me at the interview but he said he had another person to interview. He called and offered me the job 1 hr 20 min after I left the interview. I feel sure he didn't even have time to call references.

I start in the morning b/c the girl in the position is leaving after this week.

Thank you again for your help. I'll think of you often and send good wishes your way hoping you find something.

I forgot to say I will be working for a Pest Control company and very casual office which is very important to me.

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Thankful and Blessed in Spartanburg, South Carolina

85 months ago

Paul Bunyon in Marietta, Georgia said: Best wishes Grandma-ma's ! If your not hot & spicy get off the blog and read your latest AARP magazine while sipping prune juice

If you are trying to be rude and sarcastic, you succeeded. Not very helpful or encouraging, however. Why are you on this blog? Most of us on here are trying to get tips and encouragement about finding employment.

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Nelly in Toronto, Ontario

85 months ago

Hi...Just keep looking...no matter how many no's you hear ...that means that you are getting that much closer to a yes. When I got my first Receptionist job, I was fresh out of college and never worked any clerical position. However I interviewed and got a Receptionist position paying $12 /hr. I had no experience and the first hour was definitely a learning experience. However if you believe that you can do it and know that in your heart, it will happen. Just keep believing, In this day and age of computers there is no need to feel insecure about grammar or spelling mistakes....Spell Check. Also you can learn a lot from the net (formatting docs correctly.) I started as a Receptionist, I've done Legal Admin, HR Recruiter (once again no experience) made it to Account Manager....how you may ask. First step...when walking into an interview know that you are going to get the position ....believe in yourself ....have faith. No matter how Corporate or extravagant the environment is. The key is to believe in you as there will always be people who would like to out your fire...perhaps because it took them 40-50K and 10 years in school to get to the position where they are in life. Schools great but for someone who has a kid it sounds to me like you need to be making money right now. So go get that Receptionist position and stop wasting time w/t individuals who are just mean. As when you do become a Receptionist in the Corporate world ...there will be enough of those people that you have to put up w/t. Also to all you negative ppl putting down someone who is clearly trying to do better in life not just for herself but for her child....Get a life we are all human beings....all on this earth....trying to do better. I don't understand we down them about being single mothers, high school drop outs, welfare collectors however as soon as they try to better themselves...We dump on them some more. As though we got to where we are w/t no help from anyone. spelck

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Tiffany in Evansville, Indiana

84 months ago

I have been a certified nursing assistant for six years. I have been on a lot of interviews, and turned in numerous resumes, and still no job offer. I have been searching for a clerical position for months and cannot seem to get my feet off the ground. I have been counseled by the career advisor at my college, and now she is even at lost at why nobody will hire me. Will no one really hire me until I graduate? I hope that is not true. Does anyone have any helpful advice? I sure would appreciate it.

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Unemployed Property Manager in West Palm Beach, Florida

84 months ago

I'm hot and spicey but no job lol wink wink

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Unemployed Property Manager in Pompano Beach, Florida

84 months ago

I'm sorry that last remark was suppose to be funny but it sure does not look good after I read it. My apology to anyone who took an offense.

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A in Arlington, Virginia

84 months ago

It's the battle of the unemployed property managers

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Unemployed Property Manager in West Palm Beach, Florida

84 months ago

It's the same person. Seems that Indeed goes nuts once in awhile and puts my location in different places.

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Unemployed Property Manager in West Palm Beach, Florida

84 months ago

Thanks Displaced, At first I thought there were two of me!

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Tiffany in Evansville, Indiana

84 months ago

I just want to say thanks to the advice Denver, Colorado or at least I think that comment was for me anyway I read a lot of what is written, and I apply it to my life if I feel that it is helpful. so I just want to say thanks to everyone who has kind words, and very useful advice it is very much appreciated as usual more advice is welcome, and to anyone else out there like me just never give up there is a clerical position out there for you.

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Julie Chang in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

83 months ago

Thankful and Blessed in Spartanburg, South Carolina said: That is a very rude and sexist comment. I am a mom and wife in her early 50's and just as qualified as a "hottie" that may not have my computer skills, verbal and oral communication skills, education or job experience. I hope you are not ever in a position of hiring people- I would hate to work for someone like you.

I also have excellent computer skills, verbal and communication skills, but I am over 40 now and can no longer get hired for front desk work. Its the reality of age discrimination. Yes, what he said is sexist, but he is being honest. Unfortunately, many employers would prefer a young "hottie" to sit at their front desk and make that first impression. I was let go from my front desk receptionist job because I was told they did not like my "image". I was over 40 and pregnant. I later found out they replaced me with a younger woman who barely knew microsoft word or excel.

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Thankful and Blessed in Spartanburg, South Carolina

83 months ago

I appreciate your comments. I still think it stinks and it IS illegal; but I know it happens. I have been passed over for many job openings for which I was overqualified. However, it seems wherever I go, I see people in customer service/front desk jobs who are rude, obviously not "people persons", and sloppily groomed and dressed. If image is so important, how in the world did these people get hired over qualified people such as ourselves who try to present a good appearance and personality?

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Thankful and Blessed in Spartanburg, South Carolina

83 months ago

I am aware that front desk positions often require more than just operating the switchboard. At my last position at a church, I operated the switchboard, was responsible for all data entry and updates in the church membership database, did correspondence, kept up with all the members situations for pastoral care, did large bulk mailings, and whatever they asked me to do. I was replaced because of "church politics". My husband now on staff at another church and they replaced me with the wife of the new music minister; it was not due to job performance. I realize now that I had it good there, even though I was a bit bored - I am having trouble finding anything! And I have a B.A. and an M.A. Because I have not used my degrees in 20 years, no one will give me a chance.

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Thankful and Blessed in Spartanburg, South Carolina

83 months ago

carol adebisi in London, United Kingdom said: i want to be tain as receptional dont mind volunter work to start

What??

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Julie Chang in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

83 months ago

Thankful and Blessed in Spartanburg, South Carolina said: I appreciate your comments. I still think it stinks and it IS illegal; but I know it happens. I have been passed over for many job openings for which I was overqualified. However, it seems wherever I go, I see people in customer service/front desk jobs who are rude, obviously not "people persons", and sloppily groomed and dressed. If image is so important, how in the world did these people get hired over qualified people such as ourselves who try to present a good appearance and personality?

From what I have seen, companies will overlook a sloppy appearance or poor skills, if the employee is young - 20s or early 30s. Once you get over 40, they are going to be very strict about a lot of things regarding your image, appearance, etc. I was over 40 and working in an industry where most people were in their 20s. Once I put on some weight and got pregnant - that was it. I was let go ASAP. However, I dressed better and acted more professional than most of the young people I worked with. Some of the 24 year olds would come in to the office hung over from drinking too much, their supervisors thought was "cute" or something. Yet, in the end they told me I was the one who had "low energy levels". What a joke.

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Doogie in Glendale, Arizona

83 months ago

Julie Chang in Bartlesville, Oklahoma said: From what I have seen, companies will overlook a sloppy appearance or poor skills, if the employee is young - 20s or early 30s. Once you get over 40, they are going to be very strict about a lot of things regarding your image, appearance, etc. I was over 40 and working in an industry where most people were in their 20s. Once I put on some weight and got pregnant - that was it. I was let go ASAP. However, I dressed better and acted more professional than most of the young people I worked with. Some of the 24 year olds would come in to the office hung over from drinking too much, their supervisors thought was "cute" or something. Yet, in the end they told me I was the one who had "low energy levels". What a joke.

I remember a time when job hunters had to dress their best for interviews. Now I see applicants in their twenties dressed in tank tops, jeans, flip flops. They have no pride.

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noel in Springfield, Oregon

82 months ago

Senior Citizen in Jacksonville, Florida said: I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you are really wasting your time, so I will attempt to help you... First of all, you will NEVER get a receptionist job if you do not even have the savvy to understand that typing in all caps is like shouting. A receptionist job these days is virtually the same as a secretary and nobody is going to hire you when you have no conception of how to even write a document without shouting. They will naturally assume you might shout on the phone or say something to a customer that is inappropriate. So... tone it done a notch. Next, don't go for the receptionist job right off the bat. Look for a job in the mail room or as some sort of office assistant and use the pay to support yourself while you show them your initiative by taking night classes in clerical work and computer use. You are also living in the middle of nowhere, unfortunately. Move yourself to Tampa or Orlando. Larger cities have more jobs in the field of office work. Just apply for positions as though you already live in the city and when you are hired, find a way to move there. Get a girlfriend to do the same thing and you both may be able to share a place to start out. Hope this helps. Good luck and NEVER be desperate.

As I read this reply you gave I noticed that you were direct and honest. I need honesty! I am a divorced mother of two and on SSI. I have a social anxiety disorder that prevents me from leaving my house, most of the time. I really want off of SSI and to be able to provide for my children and myself on my own. I have thought about a computer job I could do from my own home but to be honest I am not that good with computers. Can you help me?

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Unemployed Property Manager in West Palm Beach, Florida

82 months ago

Hy Displaced, You ole' hound dog!! How the heck are ya? I thought I would be enjoying myself after my decision to semi-retire but dang it's hard sitting around. I just joined a Florida organization called Cyber Citizens for Justice. It's a Homeowners group fighting associations. Great group!! Other than that I have a nice tan lol....

Now to the question at hand. I dressed nice - ladies suit (mostly dark gray or black),good mid-high heel, got the credentials to go along with the suit but (yeah isn't there always a but) my age is a big factor. Receptionist positions aren't always easy for a beginner. Try something like a file clerk. No brainer there unless you do not know your alphabet or numbers.
You can't get a job without some sort of knowledge in the field. Call a women's group in your area.

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me in Worcester, Massachusetts

82 months ago

lose, not loose :}

Senior Citizen in Earleton, Florida said: I said it because I knew that the individual would probably take it as a mean thing to say just as you have. In a discussion about how to get employed it is appropriate to give the facts. If someone says they don't understand why they are getting nowhere, how can it be mean to tell them the truth? In an interview, you will not be told these things and you may go on to loose several potential jobs without ever knowing why. I will say it again, in regards to your comment... this is not meant to be mean but if you are a long term customer service person, is your normal style to just tell a customer what you figure they want to hear instead of listening to them and providing appropriate help? Have you done any research on the idea? Do you know for sure that some of your customers don't just eat your candy and then have to call back to get a real answer from someone else or possibly go to a competitor for what they want? You see you may be doing the same thing, just blithely going on thinking you are doing it right only to discover someday that your own failures can no longer be tolerated and you wind up in the group that gets laid off. There is an old story about the person who comes into a restaurant and there is no salt on the table, they have to wait what they feel is too long to get served, the food isn't that tasty and they don't enjoy the experience. They don't leave a note, they just don't come back .

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Kimberly in Oak Park, Illinois

81 months ago

Try a temp service. Most of my assignments have gone to an offer for permanent positions.

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Rue

76 months ago

Erin said: I KNOW I'M A FAST LEARNER AND OFFICE WORK HAS ALWAYS BEEN WHAT I HAVE WANTED TO DO, I KNOW SCHOOL IS AN OPTION BUT I'M REALLY HOPING THAT SOMEONE WOULD TAKE ME UNDER THIER WING AND DO ON THE JOB TRAINING THAT WOULD GET MY FOOT IN THE DOOR. I'M NOT SURE IF I'M TRYING TO OBTAIN SOMETHING THAT IS UNATTAINABLE WITHOUT GOING TO SCHOOL OR IF THERE IS A WAY TO DO IT. IF ANYONE HAS ANY TIPS FOR ME OR EVEN COMPANIES THAT THEY KNOW ARE WILLING TO GIVE ON THE JOB TRAINING FOR RECEPTION/CLERICAL WORK PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GIVE ME SOME ADVICE!!!! ANY!!! I'M 24 YEARS OLD FROM BARTOW, FLA. AND HAVE A TWO YEAR OLD DAUGHTER SO I REALLY NEED HELP. ANYONE WILLING TO WRITE A TIP OR IDEA FOR ME I WOULD APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP I CAN GET.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME!!
"DESPERATE IN FLORIDA" ALSO KNOWN AS ERIN =)
THANKYOU!! THANKYOU!! THANKYOU!! THANKYOU!!

Dear Desperate in Florida,
As long as you have hope, ambition, and faith...you can do anything you set your mind to do. I have over 15 years experience in the field and I am happy to give you some tips.

1. Develope strong customer service skills. That is key to any position. Know how to talk to people, including initiating conversations. Always greet clients and visitors with a smile and always say hello - use first names.
2. You don't need formal training, but you do need entry level to advanced computer knowledge. Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills are required. Learn these well.
3. Call Screening & Call Receiver roles are very challenging. It can get busy - really fast. You must be a multi-tasker and able to work in a fast-paced environment without crumbling to thrive as a recognized receptionist. Start with customer service jobs, something fast-paced. Build your people and computer skills, then apply for a job that interests you. Let them know upfront that you do not have a lot of experience. Be willing to start at the bottom and work your way up.
Good luck...you can do it.

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Irene in Williamson, New York

75 months ago

Erin said: I KNOW I'M A FAST LEARNER AND OFFICE WORK HAS ALWAYS BEEN WHAT I HAVE WANTED TO DO, I KNOW SCHOOL IS AN OPTION BUT I'M REALLY HOPING THAT SOMEONE WOULD TAKE ME UNDER THIER WING AND DO ON THE JOB TRAINING THAT WOULD GET MY FOOT IN THE DOOR. I'M NOT SURE IF I'M TRYING TO OBTAIN SOMETHING THAT IS UNATTAINABLE WITHOUT GOING TO SCHOOL OR IF THERE IS A WAY TO DO IT. IF ANYONE HAS ANY TIPS FOR ME OR EVEN COMPANIES THAT THEY KNOW ARE WILLING TO GIVE ON THE JOB TRAINING FOR RECEPTION/CLERICAL WORK PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GIVE ME SOME ADVICE!!!! ANY!!! I'M 24 YEARS OLD FROM BARTOW, FLA. AND HAVE A TWO YEAR OLD DAUGHTER SO I REALLY NEED HELP. ANYONE WILLING TO WRITE A TIP OR IDEA FOR ME I WOULD APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP I CAN GET.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME!!
"DESPERATE IN FLORIDA" ALSO KNOWN AS ERIN =)
THANKYOU!! THANKYOU!! THANKYOU!! THANKYOU!!

If you go to the Department of Labor, they will pay for your training. Also call non-profits organizations with Training and employment programs, they will help with training, plus you don't have to pay a cent. also the can pay for Work Experience, meaning you start working for a company but the department of labor pay for it until you are hired by the company. their is a lot of options don't give up. If you want to do it, you can do it.:)

I'm a job counselor:)

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DLond512 in Elmhurst, New York

73 months ago

Hello everyone. I recently applied for a receptionist job, and I am going on the interview soon. I have had experience as a receptionist at an internship at the American Symphony Orchestra. I don't know why, but I am a bit nervous. Does anyone want to give me a few pointers that will help me obtain the job. Thank You Very Much!!!

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plunkettgabrielle@ymail.com in Gary, Indiana

73 months ago

I hope to find a good job where i can chew gum and have funb a little and also get my work done

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Chris Collins in Bronx, New York

72 months ago

Longtime Customer Service Rep. in East Elmhurst, New York said: You say your not being mean, but you know you are being mean. That is why you felt the need to say it.

To the wannabe receptionist, hang in there! It is tough getting into a new field. But if you are smart, confident, and willing to learn you can do it.

i really wanna work as a receptionist

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ladyp21 in Charleston, South Carolina

67 months ago

Erin said: I KNOW I'M A FAST LEARNER AND OFFICE WORK HAS ALWAYS BEEN WHAT I HAVE WANTED TO DO, I KNOW SCHOOL IS AN OPTION BUT I'M REALLY HOPING THAT SOMEONE WOULD TAKE ME UNDER THIER WING AND DO ON THE JOB TRAINING THAT WOULD GET MY FOOT IN THE DOOR. I'M NOT SURE IF I'M TRYING TO OBTAIN SOMETHING THAT IS UNATTAINABLE WITHOUT GOING TO SCHOOL OR IF THERE IS A WAY TO DO IT. IF ANYONE HAS ANY TIPS FOR ME OR EVEN COMPANIES THAT THEY KNOW ARE WILLING TO GIVE ON THE JOB TRAINING FOR RECEPTION/CLERICAL WORK PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GIVE ME SOME ADVICE!!!! ANY!!! I'M 24 YEARS OLD FROM BARTOW, FLA. AND HAVE A TWO YEAR OLD DAUGHTER SO I REALLY NEED HELP. ANYONE WILLING TO WRITE A TIP OR IDEA FOR ME I WOULD APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP I CAN GET.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME!!
"DESPERATE IN FLORIDA" ALSO KNOWN AS ERIN =)
THANKYOU!! THANKYOU!! THANKYOU!! THANKYOU!!

Hello i will say this, all caps is not the way to go, but focus on your customer service skills, telephone answering skill and multi tasking. Be confident in who you are smile and take time out to talk to you in the mirror so you will know your expressions. Always express the positive and tell the customer what you can do for them and not so much what you can't. In an interview pretend like you got the job but don't be cocky just confident. hope this helps

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tya in Fairburn, Georgia

67 months ago

Debbi Mununo in Sarasota, Florida said: Im a recetpionist and love it! I even blow bubbles with bubble gum at my desk, and my boss, George, says he thinks I am cute, and laughes everytime I do that.

It's so sad that a person like you can land a great job and I've been looking for a year now with tons of experience and no luck. I know sex sells but I would starve to death before I allow myself to obtain a job the way you have. Best of luck to ya!

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Lupe Gonzalez in Plano, Texas

67 months ago

It is obvious that some very bored person just made up that story about blowing bubbles at their desk. Receptionists work very hard, and I've never known of any who had time to waste at work.

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Karen

66 months ago

Debbi Mununo in Sarasota, Florida said: Im a recetpionist and love it! I even blow bubbles with bubble gum at my desk, and my boss, George, says he thinks I am cute, and laughes everytime I do that.

I dont think thats cute and I have been a receptionist for 20 years

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Karen

66 months ago

I have worked in HR and as a receptionist for the past 20 years for a great company which is no longer here anymore but it was quite the experience. I have heard every excuse possible, every persons story, you name it but I wouldnt trade it for anything because all the employees I worked for trusted me more than they trusted the corporate big shots that thought they were big shots.
Its harder then it looks sometimes. I still miss it 3 years later!

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Emmy in Sydney, Australia

66 months ago

Senior Citizen in Jacksonville, Florida said: I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you are really wasting your time, so I will attempt to help you... First of all, you will NEVER get a receptionist job if you do not even have the savvy to understand that typing in all caps is like shouting. A receptionist job these days is virtually the same as a secretary and nobody is going to hire you when you have no conception of how to even write a document without shouting. They will naturally assume you might shout on the phone or say something to a customer that is inappropriate. So... tone it done a notch. Next, don't go for the receptionist job right off the bat. Look for a job in the mail room or as some sort of office assistant and use the pay to support yourself while you show them your initiative by taking night classes in clerical work and computer use. You are also living in the middle of nowhere, unfortunately. Move yourself to Tampa or Orlando. Larger cities have more jobs in the field of office work. Just apply for positions as though you already live in the city and when you are hired, find a way to move there. Get a girlfriend to do the same thing and you both may be able to share a place to start out. Hope this helps. Good luck and NEVER be desperate.

Senior citizen from Kingwood Texas, not only are you mean, you are rude, arrogant and ignorant. Go back to the retirement home where you belong.

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Lupe Gonzalez in Plano, Texas

66 months ago

Well, I thought she had some good advice. Even though she was very blunt in the way she put things. Its true that one should never type in all caps.

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Karen

66 months ago

Yep shows your mad or angry. Also it sounds like your yelling.
I never send E Mails in all caps I think she told ya the right stuff.

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J.Berry in New Iberia, Louisiana

66 months ago

Senior Citizen in Kingwood, Texas said: Hate to say it but you DON'T have the skill of good communication and customer service. Here, it does not matter, but if you took a typing test for a potential employer and wrote run-on sentences, misspelled words, failed to capitalize the pronoun "I," left out punctuation, typed double words and used the poor English syntax that you have here, they wouldn't bother to call you back. Also, a part of customer service involves proper communication. You have a FEELING they might not think you are good for the job; you are SCARED to take the chance of testing reality; and you just FEEL it isn't the same thing??? The heart of good customer relations is listening to the customer and responding. They would never hire a person they thought would treat a customer based on just feelings and not use direct communication out of fear. Test reality for yourself... Go out and walk into a place of business like a large corporate office. See how the receptionist treats you and compare that person to the same receptionist in some small business where you may find the person is not even at the desk when you walk inside. Just tell them you are lost and ask for directions to a nearby place (perhaps the company you just visited). See the difference for yourself. I am not being mean, I am just telling you the facts. I would not have hired you for my receptionist/secretary. I wouldn't have the time to spend apologizing to clients for your work.

I think you did come on a little mean to the person all the did was just asked a question. It might be a good thing that you are not the perosn that has to hire her/him. Not all bosses are the same anyways some of them not so cold heart like your self.

To the wanna be receptionist/secretary if that is what you are aiming to go ahead on dont let anyone bring you down. With god all things are possible.

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dude in Menlo Park, California

63 months ago

annette in Paterson, New Jersey said: im looking for a receptionist job and i have the skill of good communication,custmer service and im a people person i know some what about commputer but something just tells me that they might not think im good for the job and i could also type but im scared to take my chances of applying to a receptionist job. I worked for a a doctors office for like 2 month and that how i learned but i just feel its not the same.

Is English not your first language? If you are bilingual then I understand your writing skills just in this sentence is poor. "I have the skill of good communication" What is that all about?
When you fill out your resume I hope someone is editing it.
good luck .. If you are Bilingual there are more job opportunities out there..

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Karen

63 months ago

I worked as a HR receptionist for a manufacturing company for 20 years and I got laid off in 2007. Then I went to work as a receptionist for a hearing aid doctor and it was totally different!Try working for someone half your age!
I have been looking for a job since I got laid off for the second time in 2009 so I now have a company that clean houses and a partner that helps me. No more supervisors, no more you dont quite fit for the job, no more managers that cant wear the pants in the family and decide to do it at work. I am so happy for now to do something that I do that pleases people and have no one to report too. I use my receptionist skills when I talk to people on the phone to let them know what they are getting for the money they pay when we clean their house. This is not a forever thing though my husband would be glad if I got an office job but for now, this is what I am doing and I am happy doing it for once!

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