Business attire, regular work hours, a stocked supply closet, and frequent interaction with coworkers: these are just some of the great things about working in an office. Does it sound great to you? If so, you might want to explore the kinds of office jobs that are out there.
Here are some positions that are likely to offer a 9-5 gig with consistency, benefits, and a professional work environment:
This entry-level office job is a great way to start a long career. You would handle lots of secretarial and administrative tasks. You might be the receptionist, greeting customers who walk in the door. Or you might answer phones, take messages, schedule appointments—all important functions to keep a modern office running well. But in the modern office, you’ll also have a lot of computer work to keep you busy. Input data, handle billing, respond to emails, pay electronic invoices—wow! There’s a lot to do. But your main job is to support your boss whoever he or she is.
The Executive Assistant will bring you up a rung or two. In fact, if you make it here, you might have an Admin Assistant of your own. Your job—and anyone who works under you—is to support the high-level people in the company. If you’re in a corporate America setting, that might be a president or CEO, but if it’s a small business, it could be an owner or manager. Your responsibilities will be similar to an Admin Assistant—just more. You’ll have a higher level of ownership. You might schedule conferences and trainings. And you might be in charge of reconciling invoicing and overseeing staff. Because you’re next to leadership, don’t be surprised if you’re tasked with going above and beyond to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Human Resources Assistant
If you’re a people-person, then you might be well-suited to become a Human Resources Assistant. In addition to administrative duties, you would assist your company’s HR directors in personnel-related tasks such as recruiting, hiring, and training. And in case you didn’t know, whenever your company hires—or fires—an employee, there’s lots of paperwork. Keeping it all straight is a big part of what you’ll do. Are you well-organized, with a great attention to detail? And you like people? Definitely check out careers in HR.
Customer Service Representative
In any business, it’s important to keep your customers happy. After all, businesses can’t exist without their customers. In this position, your primary responsibility will be to maintain customer satisfaction. You’ll answer calls and emails, and figure out how to keep them satisfied. If you work in a product industry, that might mean accepting returns and issuing refunds. But if it’s a service, you’ll want to see how you can improve the good work your company does to make it great.
Accounts Payable and Receivable
If you’re good with numbers and spreadsheets, then your calling might be in a company’s accounting department. In this capacity, you will make sure invoices and payments line up. You will pay bills, receive payments, and perform other bookkeeping-related tasks. At the end of a quarter or close of the year, you will also need to pull documentation for the company’s accountant so they can file taxes. And you might have to pull data from time-to-time to answer questions about the business’s financial well-being.
As the title implies, you would manage the office to help ensure that employees have the resources necessary to do their jobs. This would include managing relationships with outside vendors, maintaining computer systems, keeping inventory of office supplies and equipment, and making sure the office is clean and organized. And who knows? You might need to organize that big company outing!
Medical Office Jobs
The medical field needs organized professionals trained with superior office skills. If you have an interest in the medical field, but really don’t want to do any kind of patient care, there are many jobs available in a medical office setting. You could be a Receptionist at a doctor’s office, a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, or a Medical Records and Health Information Technician, just to name a few.
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