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How to Get an Office Job
Posted: September 23, 2014
Have you always thought about working in an office but just aren’t sure how to make it happen? With good career training and a great attitude, you could get there in as little as 8 months! This is possible thanks to the online programs offered at Career Quest Learning Centers.
Students in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio can either earn an administrative assistant certification or a business administration (AAS) degree right from the comfort of their own home. Ready to make this happen? Follow these four steps to getting an office job.
With our help, you could be at your desk as an important member of a business team in no time.
1. Get Familiar with Technology
In order to succeed in the business field, a strong understanding of technology is a must. Businesses rely on modern technology to streamline tasks.
Brush up on typing skills and get familiar with some of the common business programs used, like those in the Microsoft Office suite.
If you’re not a computer wizard yet, don’t worry! At Career Quest, we offer a variety of technology classes that’ll help you prepare for a career in business, such as our Intro to Computers course and a handful of Microsoft Office courses.
In the Intro to Computers course, students will learn more about storage, basic networking principles, internet safety, and operating systems.
Learn More About Microsoft Office
Since Microsoft Office plays an important role in the workplace, our certificate and degree programs take an in-depth look at:
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Access
- Microsoft QuickBooks
2. Get the Right Training
The most rewarding entry-level office positions require previous training or experience.
You’ll want to be familiar with a variety of computer software programs, including word processing, spreadsheet applications, presentation graphics, database management and contact management, and desktop publishing
Our online business programs teach students the skills needed to excel and possibly stand out in their new career.
Earn a Business Certificate in as Little as 8 Months
If you see yourself as the go-to person at a business, earning an administrative assistant certificate is the career path for you. Our administrative assistant program teaches students the information and skills needed to potentially work as a:
- Customer service representative
- Advanced word processor
- Executive assistant
- Human resources assistant
Some of our graduates have even worked their way up to land an office manager position.
Earn an Online Business Degree in as Little as 15 Months
Want to take your new business career one step farther? Earn an online business degree from Career Quest in as little as 15 months—that’s only an extra 7 months after earning an administrative assistant certificate!
This program builds on information taught in our administrative assistant program—like Microsoft Office courses, business fundamentals, and desktop presentations.
Some of the extra courses included in this program are:
- Accounting essentials
- Principles of marketing
- Managerial strategies
- Customer service
- Human resource management
With these skills, our graduates have gone on to work careers as bookkeepers, accounting assistants, data entry clerks, and even assistant managers and office managers.
3. Build Your Resumé
A strong resumé is your ticket to a new career. This important document tells potential employers more about who you are and how you can enhance their business. Due to this, as you train and work in this field, you need to build up your resumé.
Document all your successes and add them to your growing list of accomplishments. Highlight the experiences you’ve had that would make you a good candidate to work in an office.
Have you worked in customer service as a cashier or retail employee? Those experiences could be helpful in a business setting where you have to interact with many different people all day long. Figure out how your old jobs might relate to your new career and make certain to add them to your resume.
Professional Resumé Writing Tips
Writing a resumé may be tricky at first. How are you supposed to edit down all your accomplishments, experiences, and successes onto just one page? When assistance is required, get professional resumé writing tips from the experts at our Career Services Department.
They can help with paring down your accomplishments to those that most closely relate to the entry-level career you’re applying to, finding the strongest action verbs, and fine-tuning your resumé to make it stand out from the crowd.
4. Research Jobs That You May Like
It’s never too early to start researching the business environment you see yourself thriving in. Even if you’re just starting to think about working in an office, research what employers are looking for. Then, make a plan on ways you can become the kind of employee a business would be thrilled to hire.
Once you have a better idea of the types of business out there, try to picture yourself in your ideal environment. Do you want to work in a place with flexible hours or do you work best when you have a set schedule with little room for variation? Do you love business attire? Do you want an open floorplan?
These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself when researching potential jobs!
Complimentary Job Search Tools
There’s a lot to think about when researching the jobs that you may like. When you could use some job search tips and tricks, our Career Services Department is here to help.
They’re not just here for you when you’re a student. We offer lifetime career placement assistance. No matter how long ago you graduated from our online business school, you can reach out to our team for career placement assistance.
Why Enroll at Career Quest?
Earning a certificate or applied associate’s degree in business is only one of the many benefits to enrolling in our online programs:
- Financial aid to eligible students: Each student who applies will talk with one of our financial aid advisors. This conversation is to help determine a student’s eligibility for federal and/or state aid. Additionally, students may qualify for tuition discounts.
- No entrance exams: When a student applies to our business programs, there are no required entrance exams. The only pre-requisite needed is a high school diploma or GED.
- Easy course scheduling: Our team takes the stress of scheduling courses away. This is done by mapping out a clear timeline of which classes to take and when.
Ready to Get an Office Job? Enroll Today!
If you’re ready to take the first steps to landing an office job, check out two of the online programs offered at Career Quest. Our business administration associate of applied science degree and administrative assistant programs are designed to help students enter the exciting world of business.
Our programs are now open for enrollment, so don’t wait any longer—contact us today!