Highlight These Skills on Your Clerical Resume

Looking for a clerical job? It helps to have a professional resume that highlights your skills and work experience. And it’s especially helpful when you include the qualifications most employers are looking for. You’ll set yourself apart from others applying to the same job and give yourself an automatic edge.

Top clerical skills

As you write your resume, you want to present yourself in the best, and most professional way possible. This will help you catch the attention of a hiring manager or potential employer, to help you win the job. To this end, include the following top clerical skills on your resume as they apply to your knowledge and experience:

  • As the front line in an office setting, you’ll be the person people talk to when they’re trying to get information or reach someone in your office. Good written and verbal communication skills are critical to your ability to do a good job in this role. Specific communication skills to include are customer service, email communication, spoken communication, answering phones, front desk support and listening.
  • Computer skills. Gone are the days of taking notes with a pen and paper—today you’ll most likely be using a computer to communicate. You’ll need to be a fast and accurate typist and may also need to do some data entry. And of course, it helps to be familiar with Microsoft Office programs such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Math skills. Depending on your role, you may be called upon to do some math. This is true if your clerical role will include bookkeeping, budgeting, estimation or even organizing information. Arithmetic and calculation skills could be important details on your clerical resume.
  • Attention to detail. Your daily work in the office could have you multitasking, scheduling appointments, answering questions, directing inquiries and returning emails, among many other things. Your keen attention to detail will help you get your work done on time and with accuracy.
  • To help the office run smoothly, it helps if it’s organized. And clerical workers are the number one way to accomplish that. Your organizational skills, such as filing, office management, planning, prioritizing, sorting and time management, to name a few, are massively important to a potential employer.
  • Soft skills. Of course, to give yourself an extra advantage, it helps if you also have important soft skills. These are skills you didn’t learn in school or through a training program but instead picked up through work and life experience. They include leadership, teamwork, flexibility and adaptability. Always highlight your soft skills on your resume.

In search of a new clerical job?

Now that your resume is all set, you’re ready to apply to your next clerical job. And if you need guidance to find the best options, check out HireCall. We specialize in office/clerical positions! To learn more, visit our job search page to check out our current openings.

How to Offer Flexibility as a Light Industrial Employer

The pandemic has changed many of the ways we work, plus our impression of our jobs, overall. For example, to improve health and safety, many companies sent employees to work from home—and after this experience, many found they preferred it. Work/life balance and mental health are at the front of many people’s minds these days, after shifts in work location helped us realize the value of spending more time at home with loved ones. In short, employees have started to expect more flexibility.

The challenge for light industrial employers

For light industrial and factory jobs, where workers must come into the workplace, flexibility can be more difficult to offer. However, it’s not impossible. You have several options for ways to give your employees more control over their workday, shift, and time off.

Five ways to give light industrial workers more flexibility

Try any of the following flexibility options for your light industrial workforce:

  1. Add part-time positions. Some of your employees may have decided full-time hours are too much for them, and they would prefer the advantage of shorter shifts. By offering part-time positions, you’ll be able to hold onto employees and continue to get work done.
  2. Allow flexible hours and shift-swapping. Letting your employees choose their start time is a great way to add more flexibility to the workweek. This helps them accommodate commitments to family, appointments, pets, and more. For example, a later start time can allow a parent to help their child get onto the bus in the morning, or provide time to run errands or attend a doctor’s appointment. Shift swapping allows workers to trade shifts if one fits better into their schedule, an easy way to give employees control over when they work.
  3. Offer shortened work weeks. Compressed weeks allow employees to work longer hours but fewer days. An example could be working four 10-hour days with Friday off. This can be an attractive option for employees looking for a three-day weekend to spend time with family and friends.
  4. Give input into time off. Offer paid time off or floating holidays and give your employees a say in when they want to take their PTO. Create a PTO policy to help guide the use of PTO while you continue to ensure shifts are covered. This could include how much advance notice an employee needs to provide before they take time off.
  5. Ask for input about shutdowns. Many companies decide to close down for a few weeks each year to give everyone much-deserved rest. Instead of simply planning when your shutdown will be, ask your employees which time of year they prefer.

Need guidance?

Your recruiter may have suggestions or ideas for ways to add more flexibility to your light industrial workforce. And if it’s time to staff up, HireCall can help. To learn more about our available staffing services and how we can help you round out your workforce, contact us today!

Tips to Find a New Job That Won’t Lead to Burnout

You have a job that is so stressful, you can’t take it anymore. You’re burned out and you know something has to change. But as you’re searching for a new job, you realize something. What if your new job ALSO burns you out all over again?

This new thought has added an important element to your job search: Find a new job that won’t burn you out. But how can you do that? You don’t have a crystal ball that will help you predict whether or not a new job is potentially stressful. What should you do?

Look for these red flags

The key is looking for a few things in the job description, as well as when you talk to the employer or hiring manager during the interview:

  • No opportunity for rest. A job that includes the following in the description could indicate there’s a large workload and you could run into trouble taking time off when you need it:
    • “Tight deadlines”
    • “Multiple projects”
    • “Fast-paced environment”
    • “Short turn-arounds”

Also, a job that seems to combine the responsibilities of multiple positions into one could be a warning sign that it’s pretty stressful. You might also ask during the interview what the PTO policy is… are managers open to and positive about taking time to rest, or is it often viewed as a negative?

  • Close and frequent contact with managers and clients. Being constantly contacted by your manager and/or clients can be exhausting. Many people appreciate manager involvement to understand their tasks and what’s expected, but then need time to do their work. Micromanagement and overly demanding clients can quickly lead to burnout.
  • A previous employee abandoned the job. One important question to ask during any interview: “Why did the previous person leave the job?” If you’re interviewing for a position for which they need a quick fill-in because the previous person left without much notice, this could be an indication the job is high-stress.
  • Lack of connection. For many, the knowledge that your work contributes to the overall mission and goals of the company feels good. But if you don’t feel your work makes a difference, it can be frustrating, as well as tiring. Look for a company with a good and supportive company culture, and with a mission statement, you can get behind. At the interview, ask how your work is related to the big picture to help the company reach its goals. If you get a vague answer, this could be a red flag.
  • Remote work. For some, remote work is ideal. But if you’re someone who appreciates the community of an office full of coworkers, remote work can feel isolating. A position that requires you to work from home might lead to burnout after a while.

Need help finding a job that is just right for you?

HireCall can help. We work with candidates across a wide range of industries to find work that’s just right. We also specialize in light industrial and office/clerical jobs. To learn more, visit our job search page today!

What’s the Difference Between Contract, Contract to Perm, and Permanent Jobs?

When you’re in search of a new job, you might not realize you have access to a few different job types. It all depends on what the employer is looking for and how the job opportunity is set up. Job types you might encounter include contract, contract to perm, and permanent. But what are these? And what are the benefits of choosing one type over the others?

Different types of jobs

Each type of job offers its own benefits. All you’ll need to decide is which works best for you based on where you’re at in your career.

Contract jobs are offered by an employer for a set amount of time. You’ll essentially be a temporary worker brought on to help an employer complete a project they’re working on. They’ll hire you based on the skills needed for the project, depending on what it is.

Contract-to-perm jobs are offered by an employer for a set amount of time, at first. Basically, the employer is trying to determine if your skills match what they’re looking for. The contract period is a trial to show what you can do, and after the trial period passes, the employer will make a decision to extend an offer of full-time, permanent employment. The good news is that you can also get a feel for the company and the position, and decide if you’d want to work there long-term.

Permanent jobs are your classic interview-to-hire jobs, where an employer will review your resume, meet with you during an interview (or two, or three) and make a decision to bring you on as a full-time, permanent employee.

Advantages of each job type

You’ll find each of the three job types give you advantages, depending on where you are in your career and what you’re looking for.

Contract jobs give you the opportunity to build your resume and work experience. You’ll be able to network with different employers and professionals while you learn new on-the-job skills. This can be useful if you’re just getting started in your career, or if you’re looking to make a shift and tack on new skills and experience. Contract jobs also work if you don’t like to be tied down to a permanent job and enjoy meeting new people and trying out new things.

Contract-to-perm jobs, as mentioned above, allow you to assess a work experience to decide if it, and the company, are a good match for you. You won’t be saddled with a job you don’t like, and if you do like the job and the people you work with, your hard work and industry knowledge could pay off with the offer of a permanent job.

Permanent jobs allow you access to employee benefits, a major perk of being a full-time, permanent employee. Depending on what your employer offers, you’ll gain medical, dental and vision coverage for yourself and possibly your covered dependents (e.g., your spouse and children); 401(k) retirement savings; wellness resources; paid time off; and training opportunities.

The choice is up to you!

As you look for a new job, you may see these three options advertised by various companies. Is there a specific job type you’d like to try, but you’re having a hard time finding openings? Check out HireCall. We specialize in office/clerical and light industrial jobs, with placement in many other fields. To learn more, visit our job search page today!