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Old 07-30-2019, 06:24 PM
 
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I've always wanted to work in an office but have only worked in factories, hotels, restaurants, etc. Now I am taking a class on Microsoft Office so I'll at least know how to do that. I've always been good with computers, typing, creating blogs, websites, Facebook pages and groups, etc. but it's all been personal use only. My goal is to work remotely (online) but realize I would probably need some office experience first. How far would I be able to get just having Microsoft Office skills?
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Old 07-30-2019, 07:04 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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There will be some companies that hire administrative staff with no experience, as long as you have work experience, and preferably customer service. Not where I work, however, the lowest level admin. positions are at about $50,000 and require two years plus two years college (no degree).
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Old 07-30-2019, 09:29 PM
 
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Seeking Data Entry positions or customer service positions at a doctor's office.
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Old 07-30-2019, 11:38 PM
 
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There will be some companies that hire administrative staff with no experience, as long as you have work experience, and preferably customer service. Not where I work, however, the lowest level admin. positions are at about $50,000 and require two years plus two years college (no degree).
oh wow, that's a letdown. I have never been to college, and actually hate customer service, that's why I wanted to work in an office behind a computer so I don't have to deal with people.
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Old 07-30-2019, 11:56 PM
 
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Seeking Data Entry positions or customer service positions at a doctor's office.
I'd love to do data entry but not customer service.
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Old 07-31-2019, 01:04 AM
 
Location: on the wind
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oh wow, that's a letdown. I have never been to college, and actually hate customer service, that's why I wanted to work in an office behind a computer so I don't have to deal with people.
If you work in an office you will have to deal with people. Just saying. Better get used to the idea and learn how.
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Old 07-31-2019, 04:22 AM
 
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So far...I have failed to do the same thing....secure an office job. There has always been someone “more qualified” than me. Frankly...the jobs I have applied for did NOT yield an interview. Data entry might be the best way to break into an eventual admin job. Anyone have input?

Btw...I am seeking a position to take me into retirement within the next 5 years. If you are much younger...don’t give up. Time is on your side. (I love customer service, btw)

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Old 07-31-2019, 04:58 AM
 
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I gave up on administrative work when I couldn't even get an entry level position. I had customer service skills, data entry, and some administrative while doing work study and part time/fulltime at my college.

Somehow that wasn't considered real work experience.

Now I've gone the education route.
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Old 07-31-2019, 05:48 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Can you get an office job with no experience working in an office?
Focus on small companies where you actually know someone with authority.
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Old 07-31-2019, 12:36 PM
 
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If you work in an office you will have to deal with people. Just saying. Better get used to the idea and learn how.
Well co workers I'm fine with, just not customers and the general public.
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