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Having a cheery and chatty personality can feel like an undervalued or unwanted trait, but it’s something a lot of employers want in a Receptionist. As a Receptionist, you will be expected to be incredibly organised and friendly, and deal with much more than just picking up the phones. So what does a Receptionist do exactly? Well, you’ll need to have an ear to the ground and be aware of everything that’s going on in the organisation that you work in. From knowing which important meetings will be taking place to coordinating deliveries and organizing travel arrangements for staff. Keep reading to learn more about Receptionist jobs, including expected salary and career opportunities.

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As a Receptionist, you’ll often be the first person that employees and potential clients see or interact with. So, it’s important that you’re always representing your company in a positive way. It’s primarily a desk based job, and your hours will depend on where you work; while a hospital receptionist is likely to work shifts, a corporate receptionist will work 9 to 5, Monday to Friday.

Here are the day-to-day tasks you’re likely to see on a Receptionist job description…

  • Meeting and greeting clients
  • Booking meetings
  • Arranging couriers
  • Keeping the reception area tide
  • Answering and forwarding calls
  • Screening calls
  • Sorting and distributing post

There are often no minimum requirements as far as qualifications go to become a Receptionist; however employers will value High School level English and Math, as well as proven IT skills. If you want to improve your chances of landing the job, there are plenty of courses that will help you to stand out from the crowd, including:

  • Customer Service
  • Business and Administration

There are also more specific qualifications you could take for Receptionists jobs in industries such as beauty, hospitality and health. And companies that deals with international client will value Receptionists who can speak more than one language.

More desirable are the following skills:

  • Well-organised
  • Friendly and polite
  • Efficient
  • Able to deal with difficult clients and customers
  • Self-motivated
  • Good IT skills
  • Polished communication skills

Employment of Receptionists is projected to grow by 4% between now and 2029, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Overall job opportunities should be good, especially in healthcare industries. And while you can’t move from your reception desk, you can move up the career ladder quite easily.

Receptionists often climb up through the ranks of the company they work for. With little experience and hard work Receptionists can move to bigger companies and more supervisory roles managing a team of Receptionists, or taking a side step into administration or HR.

The current Receptionist salary is on average $30,000 a year.

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of being a receptionist…

Pros:

  • Education requirements are generally minimal
  • You’ll gain a variety of important skills for future jobs
  • You’ll get the opportunity to meet and help a lot of people

Cons:

  • Most places alternate between being busy and slow
  • The salary isn’t great