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Thread started 10/14/12 8:44am

alphastreet

any receptionists working your way up?

Has anyone here worked as a receptionist at a company where you wanted to do a much higher position but get your feet wet first? What did you do to build your credentials there and learn the skills needed if you didn't have experience for it? A part of me wishes I could submit creative material to them too if this happens in my case, but I don't want to look like an ass kisser or desperate, though my grandoise thinking makes me feel that I could make a difference sometimes when I'm not so sure it's easy or I'm bound to be criticized first.

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Reply #1 posted 10/14/12 4:27pm

alphastreet

In case you wondered, that's not what I'm doing right now. I need to job search for something else soon cause my contract is nearly done.

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Reply #2 posted 10/14/12 4:40pm

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The master started with a part time (4 hours x 4 days a week) reception job at a college. He was at that institution for 15 years, and he was a manager (under general manager who was under CEO) when he took a severance package in December. They urged him many times to apply for general manager, but then he told me he would actually have to WORK nutty

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Reply #3 posted 10/14/12 4:52pm

alphastreet

good one! lol

I'm not waiting 15 years then just to get into a company I like that may not want me in the end

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Reply #4 posted 10/14/12 5:31pm

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alphastreet said:

good one! lol

I'm not waiting 15 years then just to get into a company I like that may not want me in the end


Oh, he wanted out lol

Too much work to be one of the big bosses razz

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Reply #5 posted 10/14/12 5:36pm

alphastreet

well I'm sure the right one will come along, but I need to get with it soon

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Reply #6 posted 10/14/12 11:02pm

Girl4both

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I work as a hotel receptionist and trust me, there is no working up when it comes to the receptionist things.

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Reply #7 posted 10/15/12 5:52am

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alphastreet said:

Has anyone here worked as a receptionist at a company where you wanted to do a much higher position but get your feet wet first? What did you do to build your credentials there and learn the skills needed if you didn't have experience for it? A part of me wishes I could submit creative material to them too if this happens in my case, but I don't want to look like an ass kisser or desperate, though my grandoise thinking makes me feel that I could make a difference sometimes when I'm not so sure it's easy or I'm bound to be criticized first.

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thing to do is work as a receptionist, get to know people, volunteer to do 'grunt work' projects. take classes in whichever industry you work, improve your credentials and land a higher paying job at the company where you work. it is not impossible. right now, many companies prefer hiring from the inside like that, rather than taking a chance on someone entirely new to the business. good luck, keep the faith!

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Reply #8 posted 10/15/12 6:01am

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Girl4both said:

I work as a hotel receptionist and trust me, there is no working up when it comes to the receptionist things.

Not true.. maybe in a hotel situation but i worked at a Ford dealership and it happened all the time.. In fact thats how most of the girls in the main office got their jobs was from being promoted from a receptionist...

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Reply #9 posted 10/15/12 6:44am

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Girl4both said:

I work as a hotel receptionist and trust me, there is no working up when it comes to the receptionist things.

False.

Several years ago I was hired as a temp receptionist and within 3 months I was asked to stay full time with a 10k raise and full benefits...and then 8 months later they offered me a position that required a degree (that I obviously didn't have).

They felt that I would just get it on my own and I suppose I did, but to be honest I always felt two steps behind everyone else. The company was eventually bought out and they moved the office to Toronto, and I decided to take a package instead of move to another city.

You certainly still can start at the very bottom and work your way up. You just have to be a kick ass hard worker. Management will see it.

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Reply #10 posted 10/15/12 6:55am

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I've been a secretary for 14 years but there's no working my way up because they won't even give you the time of day unless you have a four year college education and I only went to one of those one year business colleges that were so popular in the mid 1980s when I graduated high school. The jobs laugh at that diploma these days.

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Reply #11 posted 10/15/12 8:36am

alphastreet

that's awesome justerin! One time I was placed somewhere too through a temp agency, and wanted to be hired when they were looking, but they couldn't cause of a conflict of interest

but putting down what I did led to the job I was looking for in the end smile

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