Office Administration – What It Takes to Get the Job!

Job hunting can sometimes cause an overwhelming sense of the unknown. Whilst every job and every employer are unique, there are certain skills, qualities and other considerations that are worth developing and thinking about. Even without solid past experience, you may be surprised to learn you have more to offer than you think!

Read on to learn more about what you can do to make your job hunt successful.

1. Appropriate Skillset

In order to carry out the tasks outlined in the job description, you will need certain skills. Different jobs require different skillsets, however there are certain abilities that are expected in most office jobs. The Suzan Johnston Certificate III in Business Administration course offers students the chance to equip themselves with a broad range of highly sought-after administration skills. Computer Software, Bookkeeping, Switchboard and Telephone Technique, Business Diary Management, Business Correspondence and Typing are just some of the subjects offered within the course. These skills underpin many job descriptions and are perfect for anyone looking to take those first steps towards a career within an office, or for those who wish to advance their current administration careers.

2. Common Traits

Whilst a solid skillset is essential, there are other qualities which you may possess that are sought after by employers. These include loyalty, reliability, persistence, flexibility, time management, communication skills and teamwork. Most of us possess some of these traits in various forms, and it is important to highlight your attributes to potential employers. Remember, we all have something to offer! It’s a good idea to sit down and think about what you’ve achieved in past jobs, at school, in your hobbies, in the community, and so on. Include some of these qualities in your resume, and expect that in an interview situation, you may be asked to demonstrate why you possess these traits.

3. Flexibility

Flexible working situations are commonplace these days. For example, you may work some days in the office and some at home. Both employers and candidates are requesting this sort of arrangement, and those that don’t offer flexible arrangements can be left behind. In order to be able to work from home, it is important to have a quiet space to work in, to be able to stay focused and organised, and to possess the right tools, which in most cases will be provided for you.

4. Don’t Forget About Temp Roles

Susie Rogers, of Rusher Rogers Recruitment, commented that the demand for temporary roles has been very steady in recent times. Working as a temp is a great way to build up your experience, whilst getting to know different companies and industries. According to Susie, many temp roles are being absorbed into companies and becoming permanent. A temp role could be a great stepping-stone into a career as well as an opportunity to try before you commit.

5. Gut Feeling

It’s important to remember that the job search is a human experience. As humans, we often turn to our gut feelings to inform our choices. Employers are no different! They may be considering two candidates with equal skills and excellent qualities for the role. The final choice may ride on their gut feeling, or something that is difficult to ‘put a finger on’. As a job seeker, this is also something for you to consider, as you will want to make sure that you have a good gut feeling about the job too. Here’s a great blog written by Rusher Rogers on natural instinct in the recruitment process.

The Suzan Johnston Certificate III in Business Administration offers so many exciting flexible opportunities and options for a fulfilling career. All of the above points will help you to land that dream job. So, if you’re ready to take the first step to finding your dream job, find out about of Business Administration Courses today! Our next Certificate III in Business Admin course starts soon – don’t miss your chance. Chat with one of our friendly consultants today to find out more.