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A receptionist is an administrative professional who works at the front desk of a business. They greet clients and visitors in a friendly manner, answer phone calls and perform a variety of administrative tasks. They may schedule appointments, direct visitors and answer general inquiries. They work with staff members including senior and executive staff, and with the general public. Receptionists may advance their careers by pursuing positions in marketing, sales or office management roles.
A receptionist's typical day-to-day include:
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Receptionists may work in fast-paced work environments or have a high level of administrative responsibility. They may feel stress from having to manage high call volume and administrative requests from staff. They also serve as the face of the company and may need to resolve issues on behalf of staff members and deal with difficult customers while maintaining a professional demeanor.
The Certified Professional Receptionist certification is administered by the National Association of Professional receptionists. The Certified Administrative Professional certification is available through the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Either of these certificates will prove your professional expertise as a receptionist and your commitment to continuing professional development.