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

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Julie Chang in Plano, Texas

64 months ago

No, Office Team is awful, so are all the other temp agencies. They chew people up and spit them out on a regular basis. You will never get anywhere temping. Please, if you want a receptionist job, try to find a permanent placement somewhere - don't go to temp agencies. Network to get job leads on your own, send out resumes and fill out applications online. Apply directly to the businesses you want to work for.

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Blair in Sydney, Australia

57 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.

Just letting you know that your are only ment to use one question mark at the end of a sentence not multiple question marks. Remember to fix your mistakes before giving advise to others.

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Nora in Plano, Texas

57 months ago

Ment? Is that something you chew on to freshen your breath?

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lydia in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

46 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.

You are extreamly rude!! she is asking for positive comments not for someone to put her down. I didn't get a ny education and I also have a child. I am 19 years old and I am a receptionist at a law firm. I have gotten 4 pay raises within six months. WHat you need to do is speak to adults and get some type of connections. The only way I think that anyone can get into a law firm or any facility they must know someone. Otherwise it will be hard even if you have an education. Experience is key

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rachel in North Port, Florida

46 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.

HAAHA awesome!

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Dawn in Bristol, Virginia

44 months ago

Erin,
I hate that you got your feelings hurt by the two people that gave you the best & most thoughtful advice on this thread. I feel for you because when I was your age, I might have taken their words personally myself. But now, I have absolutely no doubt that both of these people were trying to be very helpful. Advice is different & much more useful than hollow words of encouragement like, "you can do it!". I think you know you can do it, what you need to know is how to do it. I have learned a lot over the years &, if you care to read this, I will share some of what I've learned. Because I too, would like to help you. I will tell you what I wish someone had told me when I was in my 20s. I admire you for beating addiction, for trying to improve yourself for yourself and for your family, & for being humble enough to seek advice. If you can now learn to accept said advice without being emotional about it (that's a tough one, I know from experience) then there will be no stopping you!
In business you cannot take advice/anything personally. Business if very logic ruled & emotions will only trip you up in every situation. Therefore, in business you must learn to be ruled by logic & not emotions. We females often struggle a lot with that; we love our emotions. These two individuals gave you some very good advice that took a lot of thought & even a little research on their part. They were not being rude, but (sorry if this hurts) all-caps (even in forums) is considered rude.
In your situation you have two options: seek education or seek constructive criticism. I hope you have come to the point where you can appreciate real advice and not hollow words. Constructive criticism sometimes bites, but it is the most effective way to improve yourself if you can develop tough enough skin to handle it. Good luck & God bless!

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het in Surrey, British Columbia

44 months ago

You're a cranky old a**hole.either shut up and give proper advice without the attitude, or dont give any advice at all!

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.

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Karen in Colorado Springs, Colorado

44 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 friggin believe it. I am 55 years old, and I cant even get a receptionist job in this town and I was at my last employer 22 years, its lovely people like you and I mean that in the worst way, that make my job searching terrible, therefore I have my own business now and love it. Also do you have pink hair!

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Karen in Colorado Springs, Colorado

43 months ago

I really didnt when I was a HR receptionist for 20 years.
Maybe you should think about running a cleaning business.
I made 25 dollars an hour cleaning someones house and I never did that working receptionist jobs.

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annied in New York, New York

42 months ago

I need advice. Please. I interviewed for and was offered a well paying job. The firm did a background check on me and then recinded their offer. I have no record, no arrests,however, I do have BAD CREDIT. I am a single mom and I have outstanding unpaid hospital bills due to lack of health insurance.My son's dad is suppose to provide health insurance, but he is a deadbeat and now my credit is ruined. I also had to return my car to the dealer because I couldn't afford it when I became unemployed. I have never written bad checks or go crazy with credit cards. Just the hospital and repossesion..I am in a very bad situation. I am considering bankruptcy. How can I pay bills when I can't get a job? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you

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Sally in Riverside, California

42 months ago

Erin said: NO YOU WERE NOT HELPFUL. YOU WERE RUDE. I KNOW ALL CAPS IS COMPUTER TALK FOR YELLING, HOWEVER THIS IS NOT A JOB! IT'S A FORUM TO HELP PEOPLE. ALSO WHERE I LIVE HAS PLENTY OF POSITIONS IN THIS FIELD. I DON'T NEED TO RELOCATE MY FAMILY AND LEAVE BEHIND MY HUSBAND'S FAMILY, MY FAMILY, AND MY DAUGHTERS GRANDPARENTS, FRIENDS, AUNTS AND UNCLES. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING? FROM WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE YOUR JOB IS TO BASH OTHER PEOPLE TO COMPENSATE FOR YOUR INSECURITIES.

P.S. THE ALL CAPS WAS FOR YOU SWEETIE! I JUST WISH WE WERE FACE TO FACE SO YOU COULD HERE ME!!!

GET A LIFE!


Haha wow. Why post when you can't take constructive critisism?

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cathy in Pompano Beach, Florida

40 months ago

Max in Plainville, Connecticut said: I agree with you. Some people come on here asking for advice and they are intelligent people but you tell them the truth and they go ballistic on you. You are nice enough, sir to tell them some sound advice that I will take. In reference to the person you were giving advice to no offense but she seems to expect some effortless way to get into the challenging field of reception. There is a lot of competition out there. Employers are going to choose the best.

Yea but instead of discourage them you should give them good pointers and try to help people and not be so mean about this..Yea how do the employers choice there best if they don't how they work in the beginning.People could just be saying they are the best just to get a job and once they get in they are the worst employee ever. I go to school for been a medical billing specialist and there is people that are willing to give me a job even if Im still in school. Good Luck to people who are trying to do what best for them and their family and dont have these people discourage you for anything.

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dj in Seattle, Washington

39 months ago

Erin said: I was wondering if someone could give me some advice on where to start in obtaining a receptionist position. What sort of classes and training are required? I wanted to go the technical school route. Can someone give me an idea of how long training for this position would take? I have a two year old daughter and I'm married and I don't want to work as a sales associate for Macy's forever. The money is not what I need it to be either. I also would appreciate someone who could tell me at lease a ballpark figure a receptionist makes. I live in Florida and I know it is different state to state, but any help on these questions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your time.

P.S. IF ANYONE IS GOING TO BE RUDE TO ME AGAIN, PLEASE SAVE IT. I WOULD LIKE REAL ANSWERS.

Pay rate for a receptionist in Florida is between $8 and $12 per hour depending on your experience.

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Karen in Colorado Springs, Colorado

39 months ago

Erin, you would be better off working for yourself as a house cleaner or something. I own a cleaning company and make 25-30 dollars an hour cleaning houses. I will never go back to an office again or be a receptionist like I was for 20 years. I loved the job but the pay stunk!

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Enra in Somerset, New Jersey

39 months ago

I don't understand why anyone would want to be stuck in an office all day, unless they just don't like being outside. I've worked as a receptionist for over 10 years and have come to really dislike it (it's not even what I wanted to do in the first place).

You end up picking up the slack for other departments without any increase in compensation. Granted this may depend on the company you work for, but I've never had a reception position yet where the responsibilities of other departments weren't dumped in my lap.

Wait until you have several supervisors that you have to answer to - who fail to communicate with each other - and they all think their assignments take priority. But they don't (or rarely) discuss it with each other, instead they take it out on you when you fail to perform like a machine (because you're not).

Receptionist = glorified gopher drone. If that's all you aspire to being, by all means. Go to school, take some courses in business and communications. Unless an ad says 'no experience necessary' (most of them want entry level) you're going to find it hard to get your foot in the door without an education in office work.

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Jan Yladvik in Chicago, Illinois

39 months ago

I agree that being a receptionist is not that great, but many jobs these days are dead end jobs anyway. The person may want something entry level, to get their foot in the door. A receptionist position looks better on a resume than a fast food job.

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Jan Yladvik in Chicago, Illinois

39 months ago

Also, where I live its 110 degrees in the summer; nobody wants to work outdoors. Office jobs are ideal. But there is heavy competition even for receptionist positions. Everyone thinks a receptionist job is a brain dead occupation. The fact is, receptionists do a LOT more than just answer a phone. There are also hundreds of people who mail out resumes when they see a receptionist job advertised.

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deborabradford@rocketmail.com in Sanford, North Carolina

36 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.

Honey,olo your boss George is just being nice (lose the bubble gum) you are the first person that customers see.You are suppost to be a professional you are the first repsentation of the company.

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deborabradford@rocketmail.com in Sanford, North Carolina

36 months ago

Hello, I am also looking for a office job with paid trainning. Does anyone remember the On the Job trainning Programs from long ago? What ever happened to them? I am having to move to a different career
due to health reasons.My hours have already been cut back,I am afarid I will lose my job very soon.I need to get on the job trainning I plan to attend online school at night and work during the day. I need my Administrative Assistant degree. I already have a little education and have been applying to some places already. I have a proffesional approch to this type of work to halp make my transiaton esaier and am a fast learner. I am almost 50 years old and though I have slowed down I can still work and do a good through job for my employer ( whoever hires me) i also have a history of job longevity.
I stick with jobs where I can recieve training while working.

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Rachel in Sarasota, Florida

36 months ago

Erin- I have never met you but you do not seem very bright. You need to go back to school. BIG TIME! You are asking if you need training to be a receptionist? Give me a break!!!! You answer the phone, is that hard? But then again, you are from Bartow.. no wonder. And why are you telling people about a heroin problem on here?!? You should be ashamed of yourself. You are dumb trash and I really don't care to share my oxygen with a waste like you.

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KJ in Colorado Springs, Colorado

36 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.

so your the one who took my job! that irks the crap out of me when I read this. Iworked 20 years as an HR assistant receptionist and when I got laid off I went to places where they hired 20year old bimbos to do the job I use to have. I am so glad I went into my own business.

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whatever in Vancouver, British Columbia

34 months ago

LOL... I agree with Rachel in florida. who talks about being a ex druggy? wow...noone cares that youve overcome it... and that makes people put off and less likely to give genuine advice. Try learning how to spell first and foremost, as that is kind of key... and then ask yourself what would make you better than the hundreds of girls applying for Receptionist jobs daily, and to each posting. You've gotta stand out and be the best. Also - learning how to take critisism is a must for any type of Office work and if u cant handle people being blunt and honest about your chances and opinions based on what and how you've typed, then maybe your not cut out to be a Receptionist.

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Jan Yladvik in Chicago, Illinois

34 months ago

There are very few receptionist jobs anymore. Most businesses have an automated voicemail system! Receptionist is fast becoming a thing of the past. Sorry folks.

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whatever in Vancouver, British Columbia

34 months ago

what a delusional thing to say @ Jay Yladvik! Every successful and prestigious business has a receptionist, and will continue to do so.

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Jan Yladvik in Chicago, Illinois

34 months ago

Sorry, but its not delusional at all. I am old enough to remember when there were far more job opportunities for receptionists.

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Receptionist in Vancouver, British Columbia

34 months ago

completely and utterly delusional. only loser companies cant afford them. reception will never be a thing of tha past. maybe u are. LOL

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Jan Yladvik in Chicago, Illinois

34 months ago

Maybe YOU are the one who is hopeless, and can't get a job other than answering a phone. That is why you are so upset to learn that these types of jobs are declining. Mail clerk, receptionist and admin jobs are all being slowly phased out by technological advances. Get with the times. Go back to school to learn something!

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yuritza in Houston, Texas

29 months ago

Don't get discourage so fast you will have your chance. Start by costumer service to increase your skills then keep going until you get more. My job experience are great so far but I’m still learning, to get higher position. I went from high school drop out working as a cashier in 2008 furnishing place; Working to increase my costumer service skills and basic computer skills with different software that jobs are providing. I went back to school for two months to graduate in 2009.I always try to make friends with owners and managers, it helps to increase chance for them to recommend you to another facility to grow. After I graduated in year 2009 a teacher recommended me to another person to become an assistant instructor for basic computer classes working with Microsoft Software. From then the owner sent me to his nephew. To work part time as a receptionist for 3 attorneys, answering calls, basic office work, as the other half of my time I volunteer for the other attorney in the same office, as her legal assistant it increased my skills in data entry, accounting, managing all kinds of documents and drafting filing in court receiving and and managing all kinds of money. My duties as a legal assistant where hard but worth it. From there I had sufficient skills to go apply with an agency and they manage to get me into accounting clerk at age 25 right now with no college degree, my advice take one step at a time if you need the money get part time job and do the other half for your career.

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yuritza in Houston, Texas

29 months ago

Please excuse me if, I made some grammar or spelling mistakes I'm human, it happens when you try to type fast.

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Saddy in Goshen, New York

19 months ago

Erin said: I was just wondering why the two people that responded to my question had to be so rude. What is it that you too do for A living? And better yet, why would you read those forums if you insist on being rude. I'm 24years old and I got clean from heroin 3 years ago and a year and a half later I became pregnant. I have made such a turn around in my life.

P.S.- DON'T READ QUESTIONS FROM FORUMS IF YOU CAN'T BE HELPFUL AND POLITE!!!!

So I truly don't wish to be rude, but my first suggestion is to take an English grammar course. You need to know which two/to/too to use, when to add question marks and when to capitalize words. Plus you really should take criticism better. Good for you for getting your life back together, but no one will hire you if you shout back at the first negative feedback. If you want to be a receptionist, you need to show how kind you are and how you wish to help in any situation that may occur.

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Velma Ashby in Miami, Florida

16 months ago

If you really want to a job of receptionist so there are more skills form which you can make your job more effective like typing skill on computer other languages skills etc any way best of luck.

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MissK in Brooklyn, New York

11 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.

Your nasty attitude is not necessary when someone is clearly just trying to get information! This is not class. Some people just feel the need to criticize another to have somethign to say!

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MissK in Brooklyn, New York

11 months ago

and that would be "something" for all you self proclaimed spelling experts and critics.

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MissK in Brooklyn, New York

11 months ago

Erin said: I was just wondering why the two people that responded to my question had to be so rude. What is it that you too do for A living? And better yet, why would you read those forums if you insist on being rude. I'm 24years old and I got clean from heroin 3 years ago and a year and a half later I became pregnant. I have made such a turn around in my life.

P.S.- DON'T READ QUESTIONS FROM FORUMS IF YOU CAN'T BE HELPFUL AND POLITE!!!!

Thank You glad you said that! Some people are just rude for the hell of it, and serve no purpose in this forum.

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MissK in Brooklyn, New York

11 months ago

Erin said: Thank you very much for the idea of volunteering at a hospital . That really sounds like something that I would love to do. Do you know what classes are needed to get the credentials necessary for a receptionist position?

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP (=


There was a time that no real experience was required to be a Receptionist. The work was not so difficult that it required lengthy training, and what training it did require companies used to be willing to provide on the job. Fast forward to 2014 you now see a job market where Receptionist jobs , which are usually entry level clerical and administrative positions suddenly require a BA degree. Don't believe it check the job listing and requirements. I personally don't understand why a Ba degree is necessary for a position that at one time only required a H.S. diploma. Many Receptionist worked their way up to other positions at companies that now won't even allow you to submit let alone consider you without a degree of some kind.To say that times have changed is an understatement. In addition to operating a switchboard transferring calls, filing, faxing, scheduling, other clerical duties it is now a must that you are proficient in the latest Microsoft Office Suite.. and sometimes Quick books as well. Receptionist job requirements are very closely tied to the description of Administrative and Executive Assistants, but rather than working exclusively with one or a few Executives and CEO's/CFO's you provide office support to the company. Often you are the first face that a person visiting a company sees, or the first voice that they hear when calling a company! The pay for jobs labeled Receptionist is generally less than that of an Administrative Assistant. Competition is high.In the current job market its difficult to determine what is of greater importance to a hiring manager long time experience with work related skills or a BA degree.

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MissK in Brooklyn, New York

11 months ago

mable in Lawnside, New Jersey said: I got my job as a receptionist by starting out as a part time office clerk . One of the responsibilities of the clerk position was to cover for the receptionist's breaks. After a few months, the receptionist finished her schooling and left to be a nurse and I was offered the job. I have no college degrees, my last job before this was homemaker and before that was in fast food .

Receptionist is not a fun job. It is boring at times and anytime something goes wrong they come to you. But you cannot fix it because you cannot get up. 4:00 the phones stop ringing completly. I have already begged the secretaries to give me something to do but everyone is out of things to give me. I am so bored that I a replying to a post on a website I found while trying to figure out how much money my boss probably makes, to a post that has not gotten a reply in 19 days. I can't wait to get back to school so I can get a job that is a little more exciting.

Some of the other workers may be reluctant to give you any of their work load or even to show you how to do it, because they may then see you as competition who could ultimately do and take their job.sad but true. No this is not always the case but it does happen.

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MissK in Brooklyn, New York

11 months ago

Inferness in Brooklyn, New York said: It makes a company look good when they have older staff working because it shows they do not discriminate against age. This goes for race as well which is why so many black people are receptionists.[/QUOTE
Or maybe there are just black people who have the required skill to do the job.

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MissK in Brooklyn, New York

11 months ago

Trying in Lubbock, Texas said:

This is obviously an older thread.I'm still surfing it because I find some of the information to be very helpful and informative even now. What I can say in 2014 is that submitting resumes via fax or even in person has become for the most part a thing of the past. Most companies don't allow you to walk in and submit a resume.You must submit your cover letter and resume via the internet to company website, HR office, or recruiters. Its the way of the world today.You are only welcome to come to a company for most part if they think that you are a good fit for an open position. I remember a time when you were encouraged to come into an employment agency or company to speak to someone or send your resume via fax or mail but that practice is now considered dated and a thing of the past.

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MissK in Brooklyn, New York

11 months ago

dude in Menlo Park, California said: 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..

This is a forum for people to vent about their own experience or to give advice. Just because a person types in a more relaxed casual way within this forum don;t assume that they have difficulty comprehending, speaking, or even properly writing the English language when necessary! You remind of those people that are always trolling online looking for the opportunity to critique peoples spelling in a casual unprofessional setting unsolicited.

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MissK in Brooklyn, New York

11 months ago

Julie Chang in Plano, Texas said: No, Office Team is awful, so are all the other temp agencies. They chew people up and spit them out on a regular basis. You will never get anywhere temping. Please, if you want a receptionist job, try to find a permanent placement somewhere - don't go to temp agencies. Network to get job leads on your own, send out resumes and fill out applications online. Apply directly to the businesses you want to work for.

Sadly I'm beginning to see this as true myself. Temp agencies were once a great resource for finding work..short.long term assignments while in between permanent jobs and unemployed. Many of them are a pain in the azz to deal with now,because they waste you time by having you come in to interview for work that they don't even have or they don't call at all after telling you that they will call when a position becomes available. I think I'll apply directly to companies also..

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MissK in Brooklyn, New York

11 months ago

Dawn in Bristol, Virginia said: Erin,
I hate that you got your feelings hurt by the two people that gave you the best & most thoughtful advice on this thread. I feel for you because when I was your age, I might have taken their words personally myself. But now, I have absolutely no doubt that both of these people were trying to be very helpful. Advice is different & much more useful than hollow words of encouragement like, "you can do it!". I think you know you can do it, what you need to know is how to do it. I have learned a lot over the years &, if you care to read this, I will share some of what I've learned. Because I too, would like to help you. I will tell you what I wish someone had told me when I was in my 20s. I admire you for beating addiction, for trying to improve yourself for yourself and for your family, & for being humble enough to seek advice. If you can now learn to accept said advice without being emotional about it (that's a tough one, I know from experience) then there will be no stopping you!
In business you cannot take advice/anything personally. Business if very logic ruled & emotions will only trip you up in every situation. Therefore, in business you must learn to be ruled by logic & not emotions. We females often struggle a lot with that; we love our emotions. These two individuals gave you some very good advice that took a lot of thought & even a little research on their part. They were not being rude, but (sorry if this hurts) all-caps (even in forums) is considered rude.
In your situation you have two options: seek education or seek constructive criticism. I hope you have come to the point where you can appreciate real advice and not hollow words. Constructive criticism sometimes bites, but it is the most effective way to improve yourself if you can develop tough enough skin to handle it. Good luck & God bless!

I both agree and disagree.Constructive not destructive and rude criticism is usually better received.

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MissK in Brooklyn, New York

11 months ago

Rachel in Sarasota, Florida said: Erin- I have never met you but you do not seem very bright. You need to go back to school. BIG TIME! You are asking if you need training to be a receptionist? Give me a break!!!! You answer the phone, is that hard? But then again, you are from Bartow.. no wonder. And why are you telling people about a heroin problem on here?!? You should be ashamed of yourself. You are dumb trash and I really don't care to share my oxygen with a waste like you.

No should be ashamed of yourself for being a crash pompous azz know it all who knows nothing. I know your comment wasn't directed at me but I feel desire to address it anyhow.You are rude! You are also out of touch. Many Receptionist jobs now require experience as in work related skills and also BA Degrees. You are required to be proficient in computer skills(Microsoft Office) and News Flash Receptionist are required to do more than answer the phone so on that note go somewhere and educate yourself.

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MissK in Brooklyn, New York

11 months ago

whatever in Vancouver, British Columbia said: LOL... I agree with Rachel in florida. who talks about being a ex druggy? wow...noone cares that youve overcome it... and that makes people put off and less likely to give genuine advice. Try learning how to spell first and foremost, as that is kind of key... and then ask yourself what would make you better than the hundreds of girls applying for Receptionist jobs daily, and to each posting. You've gotta stand out and be the best. Also - learning how to take critisism is a must for any type of Office work and if u cant handle people being blunt and honest about your chances and opinions based on what and how you've typed, then maybe your not cut out to be a Receptionist.

Someone who is honest enough to admit that they have had some difficulties in life themselves, aren't perfect and still managed to turn their life around for the better that's who.I see common sense isn't too common.

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