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Although hiring requirements vary by industry and employer, receptionists typically need a high school diploma and good communication skills.Education
Receptionists typically need a high school diploma or equivalent, and employers may prefer to hire candidates who have experience with certain computer software applications. Courses in word processing and spreadsheet applications can be particularly helpful.Training
Most receptionists receive short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting a few days to a week. Training typically covers procedures for visitors, and for telephone and computer use. Medical and legal offices also may instruct new employees on privacy rules related to patient and client information.Advancement
Receptionists may advance to other administrative positions with more responsibilities, such as secretaries and administrative assistants. Advancement opportunities often depend on the employee’s experience in using computer applications, such as word processing and spreadsheet applications.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Receptionists must speak and write clearly so that others may understand them.
Customer-service skills. Receptionists represent an organization. As a result, they should be courteous, professional, and helpful toward the public and customers.
Integrity. Receptionists may handle client and patient data, especially in medical and legal offices. They must be trustworthy and protect their clients’ privacy.
Interpersonal skills. Receptionists should be comfortable interacting with people, even in stressful situations.
Organizational skills. Receptionists take messages, schedule appointments, and maintain employee files. They need good organizational skills to manage their diverse responsibilities.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Front Desk Receptionist||Stella Adler Studio of Acting||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$31,305|
|Front Desk Receptionist and Program Reservation Assistant||National Ability Center||Park City, UT||Nov 24, 2014||$25,044 -
|Front Desk||Candlewood Suites Bismarck||Bismarck, ND||Mar 01, 2015||$20,682|
|Front Desk||BHI Hospitality, LLC||Bismarck, ND||Apr 01, 2015||$19,430|
|Front Desk||Red Roof Inn Dickinson||Dickinson, ND||Apr 12, 2015||$19,430|
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