How to Get an Office Job With No Experience
Working an office job can be one of the most rewarding careers that a person can have, depending on what you want in a job. If you prefer mental stress over physical stress and physical labor, then a job in an office may be ideal for you. In fact, some office jobs don't even involve too much mental stress and are actually quite easy for most people to do. But when it comes down to which types of jobs there are out there in an office setting without experience needed, the number of choices that are available to you are endless. There's many positions in any building, and some of them are worked from inside a small cubicle, while others may take place from behind a large expensive desk. You can be an hourly worker, a boss, or anything in between, and you can do many of these jobs without any prior experience at all. Management or regular employee, college-educated or G.E.D., there's a job for everybody in an office, assuming they're hiring. I've worked numerous office jobs in my life, so allow me to shed some light on the topic for you and I'll outline all the different kinds of jobs you can get with no experience and not much listed on your resume if you want to work in an office.
I personally never went to college and I've worked in plenty of offices. But if you want to ensure yourself an office job, the guaranteed way to get one is to go to college. With a degree in business management, accounting, advertising, or any number of professions, you'll easily land an office position if that's what you really want. The types of that positions that require college education are usually better paying, than those that don't. Other professions that I've seen working in an office environment would include paralegal, software engineer, product design, and even stockbroker. If you have a college degree or certificate, these kinds of careers don't always require experience, and many people enter the workforce straight out of college on internships.
Mail Room/Copy Clerk
If you want to work in an office, but don't want to go to college, there's still many careers you can do, though they will be considerably lower-paying as I mentioned previously. I only have a high school diploma, and the most common office positions I worked were as either a mail room clerk or as a copy clerk. Granted, I did have prior experience as a postal worker from when I worked for USPS, but most of the people I worked with in various mail rooms had no experience. Many went straight from being fast food employees to mail room clerk or copy center operator. In the U.S., these two positions usually pay between $10 an hour to $15 an hour, and sometimes even more, depending on which state you're in and where you apply. As a mail room clerk, you'll typically work in a mailroom or sitting in a cubicle, and you'll sort mail for most of the day. On many jobs, you'll deliver it to other rooms or offices at the company you work for. On a few jobs, my responsibilities included driving the company van to other buildings around town which were owned by the same company. Shipping and Receiving clerks are similar to mail room employees, but it's more common for them to work in a warehouse-type environment rather than an office one. As a copy clerk or copy machine operator, you're basically being paid to make copies of books or documents. Your duties may also include filling copy machines with paper or making sure the ink cartridges are always full. I worked as a copy center operator for a law firm in California, so most of what I was given to make copies of were legal documents and court paperwork. Because of the sensitive nature of these types of documents, I had to sign a contract when I was first hired to where I agreed to never discuss the actual material I was copying with anyone who did not work in the copy room.
If you're good at typing and multi-tasking, then you can probably get a job as a secretary (also known as an administrative assistant). Those two words basically mean the same thing, but administrative assistant sounds more professional and is starting to become the more accepted term. As an administrative assistant or admin, your duties are very broad and each day at work can be different than the last. On one day, you might be asked to prepare paperwork for your boss, or on another day, your tasks may include a lot of typing or setting up a meeting or presentation room and making sure there's enough chairs or coffee. As far as how much secretaries make, it varies a lot and a salary can be as much as $70,000 a year or more, but I've even heard of secretary salaries being as little as $15,000. It all depends on the state, and more importantly, the company or corporation. As with the other career paths I've covered already, you don't need any experience to become a secretary.
An office clerk is very similar to an administrative assistant. The main difference is that an office clerk doesn't just serve one person or a select group of people, but serves the company as a whole. What office clerks do, what their job description details, is basically any services that may be needed in an office. This could range from making copies with the copy machine, to shipping and receiving duties, to using programs like Microsoft Excel. While anybody can be an administrative assistant or office clerk, it's more common to see a woman hired as an administrative assistant and more common to see a man hired as an office clerk. So sometimes, an employer may have a gender preference and they will advertise a job for an administrative assistant instead of an office clerk or vice versa, even though both jobs are somewhat similar. Office clerks usually make about $10-$17 per hour.
As a proofreader (sometimes referred to as a quality control agent), your main duty is to check documents or paperwork for errors. This could be a position where you check incoming paperwork that a company is receiving, or it could mean that you're checking outgoing paperwork that employees of a company are producing and printing. It may not even involve paperwork at all. Now that the internet has become popular across the world, many proofreaders are hired to check for spelling or grammar errors on company websites or electronic documents. Proofreaders often work alongside copy clerks or office clerks, and sometimes all three positions are combined into one job title. Proofreading jobs usually have a pay range between $9 an hour and $25 an hour.
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