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We look at PA, secretarial and receptionist in Hampshire career options

If you fancy a role working as a personal assistant, secretary or receptionist in the Hampshire area then there are a few things you should know in order to give yourself the best chance of being successful with your job applications.

Firstly, it's important to understand exactly what your role will be with the company you are applying to. While the role can vary a little from company to company, there are a number of fairly universal tasks that you can expect to come upon most days wherever you are working.

You'll need to keep track of important meeting times, answer phones, compile memos, send emails and possible even transcribe recorded conversations or meetings. Each of these tasks require different skills, and to be successful in your search for a job in the area you'll need to display competency in each of them.

A good working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite (mainly Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Outlook) is essential if you want to be good at your job. There's no point fibbing on your CV and saying that you're familiar with these packages if you aren't, because it'll become apparent very quickly that you weren't telling the truth. All of this software is very easy to pick up though, so don't be afraid to say that you know how to use them if you are planning on learning in between applying for work and actually starting.

There are a number of business centres in the Hampshire area that have a high density of companies operating out of them. Each of these companies will likely have need for receptionists or secretaries, so it's worthwhile focussing your attention on the likes of The University of Southampton Science Park, Basepoint Business Centre, Worting House and Solent Business Centre in order to give yourself the best chance possible of a PA, secretarial or receptionist in Hampshire career.

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