If you are considering changing careers, and transitioning into an office role, there are a few things you may want to consider before you take the leap. For example, are you qualified for a clerical position? Do you think that a clerical position will suit your needs down the road? Do you enjoy administrative tasks, data entry, or providing excellent customer service? These are just a few things to think about.
You have to remember that not all office positions are entry level, and some may require an experienced candidate. Also, some people just don't like office work. Sitting at a desk, doing repetitive tasks is not appealing to some, and that's okay.
If you have decided to move into an office role, that's great! Here's how you can make the transition easier.
Get Work Experience
Many clerical roles require previous work experience. Even if a position is entry level, employers usually look for candidates that have one or two years of experience.
If you've come from a different professional field, and you're looking to enter the clerical world, having previous experience doesn't hurt.
The best way to get clerical experience, particularly if you don't have the funds to go back to school, is to volunteer your time in an office, or try an entry level temporary position.
Go to School/Become Certified
For those that do not have the educational background in clerical work, it's a good idea to go back to school to get certified. Accounting positions, for example, require candidates to have obtained an accounting degree or diploma.
Remember that you have to be able to match up with, or surpass, other candidates out there who are applying to the same jobs as you. Otherwise, you'll have a tough time landing a job. Candidates will appear more qualified to an employer if they possess the educational background required, versus someone who doesn't.
If you are currently working, ask your supervisor/manager if there is any possibility for you to transition into an office role within the company. If you are a hard worker, who is loyal, and who learns new tasks easily, your employer may agree to take a chance on you, even if you don't have the exact experience. Chances are that your employer would rather train you then to hire a new employee entirely.
There's no harm in inquiring about an open clerical position.
Apply to a Staffing Agency
At Liberty Staffing Services, we offer warehouse/industrial and office positions throughout Ontario. Whether you are looking for a warehouse/industrial, or clerical role, we can make the job hunt a lot easier.
We offer lots of great clerical positions, in temporary and permanent opportunities.
Everyone has the potential to achieve an office position, if they choose to do so. Let us know if you are looking for clerical work, and we will try our best to find you a suitable position. Contact us today to get started.