Clerical Job Vacancies

There are clerical job vacancies available in a wide range of industries. Employment in this area is expected to grow at an average rate. There are many jobs available for skilled individuals with strong industry experience. This particular category of employment falls within the administrative employment area and usually relates to positions such as:

- Secretary
- Administrative assistant
- Office Manager
- Clerk
- Receptionist

Finding A Vacancy

Clerical vacancies are found on most of the major online recruitment sites and there are positions available in this sector throughout the United Kingdom. Vacancies are usually listed by industry. Having clerical experience within a specific industry area will provide you with a better chance of successfully securing employment because employers’ value specialized industry experience when hiring clerical workers.

In order to find the right vacancy for you in this area, it is necessary to refine and hone your search so that you are able to focus your efforts more effectively. Because you may be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of vacancies available in this rather broad category, you may wish to search according to just 3 or 4 industry categories. It makes sense to choose an industry that you have an interest in – for example fashion or automotive. By doing this, you are more likely to be interested in your work and passionate about your job.

Typical Duties

Clerical workers typically perform duties connected with paperwork, computers, filing and reporting. They may answer phones, track appointments and use photocopiers, faxes and computers in order to perform their daily tasks. Clerical duties may also include writing letters and creating company reports. They may organize meetings and agendas, plan travel itineraries, book-keep and purchase supplies and equipment.

Promotional Potential

Many clerical workers are able to progress within their company and secure managerial positions. There may be opportunities to broaden and diversify your experience base by working into different areas within a company.

Skills and Abilities

Clerical workers need to have very good written and oral communication skills. They should have a strong ability to communicate and they should be able to clearly convey their ideas to others. They must be well organized and be able to meet deadlines. It is necessary to work well in a team environment and to maintain a professional manner at all times. Clerical workers need to have the ability to prioritize so that they can complete their duties in a timely and accurate manner. Increasingly, clerical workers need to have very good information technology skills. There are many software programs available that may need to be used, such as Excel, QuickBooks and Word. Clerical workers need to be able to email, skype, instant message, attach compressed files and generally take advantage of communication technology. There are training courses available to ensure that your computer skills stay up to date.

Education and Training

Clerical workers should have a secondary education and usually need to complete a certificate in administration or management. High school leavers may be able to secure a traineeship. Some specialized clerical positions may require a university education. Many clerical workers are trained on the job in order to meet the requirements of the specific industry that they work in. Some companies have programmes, courses and skill tests in place in order to ensure that clerical workers are able to comply with company requirements.