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A receptionist is the first person that clients and employees see, so they’re always representing the company. Some receptionists may also accept payments for the company, acting as cashier.


Receptionist In addition to being a greeter, receptionists are responsible for operating front office reception and other duties:

  • Booking meetings

  • Answer inquiries about company

  • Arranging couriers

  • Schedule meetings and conference rooms

  • Sorting and distributing mail

  • Validate parking tickets

  • Perform basic bookkeeping, filing, and clerical duties

  • Keeping the reception area clean

  • Update appointment calendars


Although receptionist jobs require little specialization, those jobs aren’t for everybody. You have to have some specific skills:

  • Great people skills

  • Friendly and well-organized

  • Good computer skills

  • Good communication skills

  • Effective


Hiring standards are different because various companies have different standards, but usually, you need a high school diploma to begin as a receptionist. You may need to take some course if your computer skills aren’t adequate.

A Receptionist earns an average wage of $11.95 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase slightly.

(Source: PayScale)

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