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Job Spotlight: Administrative Assistant

Are you ready for an admin adventure?

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer that age-old question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help with that. In this series, we review all the basics of specific job types, from salary and duties to why people do the jobs they do.

Administrative Assistant

For this month’s Job Spotlight, we’ve chosen to focus on administrative assistants, since tomorrow is Administrative Professionals Day.

Administrative assistants do more than answer the phone. They keep the office running, act as gatekeepers, distribute mail, and master spreadsheets. A perpetually positive disposition and an organized mind are must-have qualities.

Many administrative assistants work with a variety of coworkers from different departments, from accounting and sales to marketing and more. Every day is different—you never know who might walk through the door or call on the phone.

Required Education

High school diploma or GED certificate.

Salary

Although it varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, etc.) administrative assistants can make as much as $40,000 per year.

What Administrative Assistants Do

Administrative assistants handle a variety of responsibilities, which may include:

  • Managing the boss’s calendar.
  • Processing and distributing mail.
  • Data-entry and typing.
  • Answering/screening phone calls.
  • Interacting with clients or customers daily.
  • Acting as the liaison between multiple departments.
  • Preparing conference rooms for meetings.
  • Taking minutes during meetings.
  • And more, depending on the position in question.

What Companies Look for in Administrative Assistants

Although every position is different, a few key skills include:

  • Two or more years of experience in an office setting.
  • Basic understanding of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Type 30+ words per minute.
  • Being a self-motivated multitasker.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • A friendly, outgoing demeanor.
  • Organizational skills.
  • The ability to solve problems skillfully and quickly.

Are you an administrative assistant? How do you feel about your position? Let us know in the comments below!

Job Spotlight: Warehouse Worker

Is the warehouse life for you?

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer that age old question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

We want to help you answer that question with our new Job Spotlight monthly blog series. In this series, we will review all the basics of specific job types, from salary to duties to why people do the jobs they do.

Warehouse Worker

This month’s Job Spotlight is on warehouse workers.

Warehouse workers do more than unload cargo. They lift boxes, push carts, organize inventory, and process goods. They’re the unsung heroes of our product-focused society. Everything you see in a store, everything delivered to your door; it’s all been handled by a warehouse worker at one time or another.

If you work in a large warehouse, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do. Speed is the name of the game—getting everything organized for shipment as quickly as possible. In a small warehouse, work can be slower, but you’ll have a great opportunity to know the people you work with.

Required Education

High school diploma or GED certificate.

Salary

Although it varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, position applied for, etc.) warehouse workers can make as much as $40,000 per year.

What Warehouse Workers Do

Warehouse workers handle a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Receiving and checking in arriving packages.
  • Distributing and logging the internal delivery of the received goods into inventory.
  • Processing and checking outgoing packages.
  • Acting as an internal resource on delivery logistics, quality goals, and employee training.

What Companies Look for in Warehouse Workers

  • Willingness to gain industry training and skills.
  • Accountability and a strong work ethic.
  • Experience in maintaining a safe workspace.
  • Applicable experience in a similar job role, if possible.
    • Experience using forklifts and pallet jacks, along with being familiar with warehousing and delivery related processes.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S and Canada. If you have any questions about warehouse worker jobs in your area or job search in general, feel free to contact your local Express office or fill out our online contact form.

Are you a warehouse worker? How do you feel about your position? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

You might be aware that we celebrate Administrative Professionals Day every year, but did you know why? Everything started during World War II, when there was a shortage of administrative personnel in the United States due to a decline in birth rates.

As a result, the National Secretaries Association was created to promote administrative roles and their importance to the economy. It was in their first year that the Association created National Administrative Professionals Day, then known as National Secretary’s Day.

We now celebrate this day every year to honor administrative assistants for all the work they do. If you’re an administrative professional, or looking to start a career in administrative work, we at Job Journey would like to thank you with a curated selection of blogs made just for you. (more…)

Answering the Interview Question Recap: Why Did You Have So Many Jobs in Such a Short Amount of Time?

Jobs don’t always turn out like we think they will. Maybe you start a job and find it just isn’t for you, or you got laid off multiple times early on in the pandemic. Perhaps you start a job but have to move because your significant other got a new job or because you need to take care of a sick loved one.

Whatever your reason, your resume makes you look like a job hopper, which might scare off potential employers. They want someone that’s going to be in it for the long haul. According to Glassdoor, the average cost to hire is $4,000, and employers don’t want to spend that money on someone who leaves in a few months. So, if you have numerous jobs in a short amount of time, you’ll almost certainly get asked why in an interview. And even if you don’t, it’s something you should acknowledge and explain. Here’s how. (more…)

Why Aren’t You Getting a Second Interview?

You put in the work and sent out plenty of job applications, and you had the opportunity to interview with some great companies. But for some reason, even when you think those interviews went well, you never get a second interview.

What’s going on? Is there something you’re doing wrong? Not necessarily, but there might be a few things you can improve. Here are a few reasons for not getting a second interview and solutions to help you move forward. (more…)