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how did you become a Office administration

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Danielle’s Answer

I started temping with in HR. I did a few different positions with in the same company. Eventually a position became available and I was able to apply for it.

Danielle recommends the following next steps:

Get your resume on a temp agency.
Start with in a company even if the job isn’t exactly what you want.
Work hard :) they will notice your hard work and when a position becomes available apply
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Sandi’s Answer

Getting your start as an office administrator, front desk receptionist or administrative assistant is a wonderful way to learn more about business in general, and your employer's business in more detail. While often seen as an entry level position, paying attention to detail, volunteering to take on additional responsibility and making it known to everyone around you that you want to learn more is a great path to advancement. I recommend being the go to person when a task doesn't have a clear owner. Being present in the moment, showing interest in learning from others, and joining in company team building events will help others in the organization get to know you and want to learn more.

Wishing you the best in all of your future adventures!
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Mark’s Answer

Office administration is a great place to start with any company because it allows to learn so much about the company you are working for and business in general. This is based on the fact that you will touch so many different parts of the business on a daily basis and will become privy and knowledgeable on many different aspects of how things work.

The easiest way to get started is to apply for jobs in this space and start at a company that you are comfortable. I would make sure that the company has growth opportunities outside of the administrative positions in the event that you eventually want to grow and take on other aspects or career paths in the company.

It is important to note that people and communication skills are extremely important, if not required in this field. Your ability to interact with different people in different ways will become paramount to your success so it is important to understand this and master it.

Mark recommends the following next steps:

Create a job search for administrative jobs that are available and apply
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Frank’s Answer

I'm basically a shy person and decided to start off in sales to develop my people skills. In my years as a salesperson I found I was very good at the paperwork/administrative side of the business. I developed people skills in my sales job but administration was my strength as I was more interested in that side of the business. After several years in sales I decided to focus on my strengths which was detail/administrative work. I found a career that enabled me to use those administrative skills and enjoy my work while making a good living. I looked for work in administration and found my first administrative job as a data entry person. From there I moved on to a bigger company and was promoted within the company to various positions that used my strengths and experience. Today I work for a worldwide insurance company managing hundreds of  annuity forms and I love going to work everyday.

Frank recommends the following next steps:

Search job posting websites for administrative positions and see what skills are required and learn them if needed.
If you don't have much experience in a particular field, try joining a temporary agency to get some experience.
Talk about your job skills and desires to friends and relatives. They may know of positions that are open where you may be able to get a referred to the company.
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