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.
In addition to being a greeter, receptionists are responsible for operating front office reception and other duties:
Answer inquiries about company
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
EDUCATION AND SALARY
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.