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Tips for transitioning into an office job

Feb. 14, 2019

5 Tips for Transitioning to an Office Job

Always wanted an office job but lack the right experience or education? Increase your chances of landing your dream career by learning the skills you really need to work in an office.

The good news is that you only need a handful of hard skills to get your foot in the door. Everything else is about basic professionalism and strategic networking.

And the odds are in your favor right now! With Hawaii’s low unemployment rate, companies are competing for employees. Many are even willing to train the right candidate. There has never been a better time to make a career switch to administrative work.

Here are five tips to get you started.

1. Familiarize yourself with relevant software

The one critical skill you need to work an office job is to know your way around a computer, especially Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office (which includes Word, Excel, and Outlook) is an essential software application that every office employee is expected to know. Luckily for those who have spent their careers immersed in point of sale software, there are tons of useful resources to help you out. Check out Microsoft’s Office Training Center, and online programs like edX and Skillshare. Bonus: Some even offer a certification of completion which you can list on your resume.

2. Create an attention-grabbing resume

Your resume is a potential employer’s first impression of you so make it impactful. Highlight your strengths, identify your transferable skills, and add details that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Make it easy to read, consistent, and clear. Spellcheck, proofread, have a friend read it, and then spellcheck again! Explore these free resume templates to get you started.

3. Improve your online presence

Social media is a popular way for recruiters to find prospective job candidates, so make sure that your online presence is working in your favor! Avoid (or quickly delete!) social media mistakes that can get you fired. For proactive job searching in the professional world, definitely get set up on LinkedIn. You can apply for jobs, connect with recruiters, engage with other office professionals, and much more.

4. Network, network, network

Have you ever heard the saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? This is especially true in Hawaii’s tight-knit community. While the “what” is incredibly important, there is no denying that knowing the right people can go a long way. Every person you meet is a potential door to a new career opportunity. Make sure to build relationships that are going to lead you in the right direction—join a professional organization or local career center to learn from other people in the industry; pack your resume and check out the next job fair; or simply ask someone you look up to for professional guidance.

5. Interview with a staffing company

Many people mistakenly assume staffing companies only have temporary work. But did you know that there is also multiple opportunities for permanent and executive positions? A staffing agency will be able to consider you for many jobs at once and find the one that best fits your skills and needs—whether it’s gaining experience in a temporary assignment, picking up part-time shifts, or landing the perfect full-time gig. Their experienced recruiters know the local job market and will be able to answer questions you might have about common job requirements and local salary averages.

Did you know?

Did you know ALTRES Staffing has over a hundred available office jobs with new jobs posted daily? Apply today to let our recruiters know you are interested in transitioning to an office job.

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