Clerical Job Search Tips

The market for clerical jobs has never been more vital than today. Every business relies on the proper storage and management of information, and the clerical worker is key to this. Here are some tips for finding and securing that clerical job.

A great resume is always important for getting a job. A resume for a clerical worker should include some very specific information in addition to the typical contact and background information. This is where you market yourself effectively as a clerical superstar. Here are some of the points you want to be sure to cover:

  • Computer know-how. You want to list prominently all of the software programs and machinery that you are familiar with. An example might read like this: "Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint. Also familiar with Quickbooks and Peachtree." Add whatever computer skill you can think of. You need to show that you can manage information. Mention your keystroke or typing speed if it is above average.
  • Office machinery knowledge. In addition to using computer programs, clerical work will probably entail using machines like copiers, faxes and scanners. Include your familiarity with these devices on your resume.
  • Communication skills. Most clerical jobs entail communication with customers and clients. If you have experience in dealing with people, this is a definite plus you should mention. Even better is if you are bilingual. There is a high demand for people who can communicate in multiple languages.
  • Educational achievements. Good academic performance never hurt anyone's chances at a clerical job. Make sure you mention any special achievements such as dean's list, honor roll, 4.0 GPA, etc.

Once you have an excellent resume specifically tailored for clerical work, it's time to find a job. As always, the local paper's want ads are a good place to start. There are also many online job search sites such as Indeed.com where you can find tons of clerical jobs. You can further refine your search by using terms such as "Medical Clerical" and "Educational Clerical."

After your resume gets the right result, the interview is the next step. Interviews can be stressful, but with the proper preparation, you can get through yours with flying colors. You can usually expect to be given a typing test as part of the interview process. If you're a little rusty with your speed and accuracy, you can find several online sites that can help. Typingtest.com is a good one. You may also be given a skills and abilities test.

When you go for the interview, make sure you dress professionally. Even if the office seems casual, you want to be conservative, especially if there is contact with the public. Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake and good eye contact. Answer questions with confidence. Don't be afraid of a little silence. This shows you think before you speak.

Also, do not be afraid to ask your own questions, as long as their answers are not obvious. Avoid asking blatantly about salary or benefits. In every case, answer in a positive way, even if the questions are difficult.

Clerical jobs are out there waiting for you. These simple guidelines should help you find yours. Good luck!