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Career lessons from working in an office

An office is an incredibly beneficial area to work. Almost every industry features clerical work as an essential component. And for young people just starting their careers, there are many ways to get into their selected industry. One way is to start out as an office staff member. Although the setting may not seem as appealing as other jobs, there are a lot of benefits that come with working behind a desk. Here are just some of those perks to look forward to.

 

Investing in your future

To be honest, being an accountant or an office staff assistant can often be very dull. There are a lot of numbers and logistical information that need to be tackled on a regular basis. But in order to make it in most companies, the ability to organize and use that information is imperative to the future of your career. This is often true in branding and creative agencies. You have to learn how to use the tools before you can start playing with them. Working as an accountant or office assistant will help provide such training.

 

Lessons within the practice

Take for instance if you wanted to be a writer for a big brand agency. You will likely start out as an assistant. Your job may require you to organize content for SEO. That might not be exactly what you had in mind, but it teaches you the fundamentals of writing content. You will need to learn the importance of deadlines, as well as writing within a fast paced environment. Think of it as a training ground for your dream job.

 

Balance between co-workers

Another thing that you will learn while in the office is the power of working as a team. It might sound cliché, but it is paramount to any future leadership position. A true leader knows how each of their employees’ works and has a respect for their individual style. So you will have to learn how to work alongside each of your teammates. This includes everyone from the floor manager to the accountant. Even if you are not looking to be the leader of the firm, you will still have people work around. One of the most important lessons an office can teach you is how much your responsibility trickles over onto other people.

 

With these lessons in your back pocket, you will be able to move forward into whatever career you wish. For more information on if you are fit to join an office staff position, be sure to check out our skills assessment and training page. For any more questions not found on our website, please feel free to contact Accountants for You.

Office staff worker taking notes.

Top 5 disciplines for working in an office setting

Whether or not you are a permanent or temporary office staff worker, the job can often be challenging. When it comes to maintaining a consistently good work ethic, it is always wise to practice a few essential disciplines. With these disciplines, you will find your office job to be a lot more productive than you anticipated.

 

Goal Organization

Set aside some time to just sit down and map out your goals. This can be for every day, every week, and/or every month. Your calendar makes a huge difference since it allows you to know when every assignment is due. It seems like an obvious discipline. However, it is absolutely necessary for a healthy state of mind. Both permanent and temporary office staff workers require an organized foundation.

 

Prioritize the load

Once you have your calendar down and ready, you will need to prioritize your work. You will often find multiple things due on the same day. Whether the projects are big or small, always put your main assignments first. After that, you can take care of the next thing. With no situation being perfect, this might mean that you have to put something off for the next day. But that is okay as long as you get the main priority assignments done.

 

Adapt the work to your personal flow

Part of prioritizing and staying organized is making sure that you can work at a good pace. Generally, your boss won’t mind how you work as long as you get the work done on time. In this case, try to find your own personal flow as an office staff worker. Some people like using two computer monitors instead of just one. Others prefer having some files on paper. The key is your personal style of organization. This could also include how you decorate your office. You want it to be a positive work environment. So, therefore, it is a smart idea to decorate your desk with some personal encouragement (if your company allows it). This could be anything; a picture of your family, a bobble-head, or just a colorful aesthetic. The whole purpose of your work sanctuary is to make you both comfortable and confident enough to complete your assignments. Even if you are working as temporary office staff, it is still a good idea to decorate your desk.

 

Take your break

A good policy is to keep your work and personal life separate. You can easily get antsy if you excessively take your work back home with you. You are only being paid for certain work hours, so don’t feel guilty about enjoying your time off. That time is necessary. This is the reason you are given breaks in between the day. People are not meant to be worked to the bone in unreasonable amounts of time. If you set aside some time to breathe, you may find yourself more energized to complete your assignments for the day.

 

These tips may seem simple, but they can mean the whole difference between a positive and a negative office work environment. For more information finding your own clerical job, please see our staffing positions. For any additional help, please feel free to contact us here.

Customer service staff member.

The Importance of Customer Service Staff

There are many important staffing positions in today’s industries. But the value of customer service often goes overlooked. Each customer service staff member is essentially a brand ambassador; they are the ones who personally meet with the clients. They have the opportunity to either grow or weaken the company that they represent. Here are a few qualities that you will find within our customer service staff.

Courteousness

As mentioned earlier, customer service is often the personal face of the company. Clients meet with them to file requests and express issues. It is hard to work in customer service when it is late and you’ve been dealing with multiple issues. Anyone could easily show some annoyance or frustration. But a true customer service clerk will keep their composure. They won’t give in to the stress; they always find a way to stay focused. One way in order to maintain that focus is to remember why they are there in the first place.

Focus on the client

The whole purpose of customer service lies in its title. Each member is there to serve the customer. They must make sure that the client is happy. This should be the driving force for the staff’s performance, no matter how difficult a client might be. The customer service crewmembers must be able to hold a compassionate attitude. They must also be able to think on their feet when things do not go as planned (i.e. when an appointment is not in the registry).

Work under pressure

As alluded to earlier, being a customer service staff member requires dealing with unforeseen problems. Often times those problems can seem great, and anyone could easily crack under the pressure. But a great customer service clerk is able to block out that pressure and just focus on the task at hand.

Total value

Whether or not it is for temporary staffing or permanent recruiting, each customer service clerk must maintain these essential qualities. If a clerk (or any staff member) expresses these qualities, it will be a reflection on the overall company. For more information on our staffing services, please feel free to contact us here. If you are ready to request staff for your own company needs, be sure to check out our staffing request form here.

Hiring Temporary Accountants for Tax Season

We all know that tax season is inevitable and can be burdensome for businesses without enough manpower in their accounting department. During this time, a smart move to make for any company is to hire temporary accountants and other workers to make sure that the process can go smoothly. It’s always a bonus to have extra help on hand. When tax season comes, business owners can be overwhelmed even with an internal staff of accountants on board. Hiring temporary accountants through a staffing agency can be a great and efficient alternative to hiring more full-time employees for your own accounting team.

With a temporary staffing team on your side, you’ll get the work you need done for the exact amount of time that you need it. You won’t have to put the time and money into training new accountants as they will already have all the work experience and credentials necessary to dive right into what needs to be done. Once all the work is complete, you can then reduce staff levels and get back to your regular work force size. It’s a win-win.

Accountants For You specializes in providing skilled and experienced accountants at any level and for any sized staffing need. Prevent your core team from burning out through this tough season and come out ahead of the game. Contact Accounts For You for your temporary accounting needs today.

 

 

US gains jobs, pay jumps; jobless rate 5.7%

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Unemployment Plummets
Did you see the article on philly.com?

Here are the highlights:
“U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years – evidence that the job market is accelerating closer to full health.

The surprisingly robust report the government issued Friday also showed that hiring was far stronger in November and December than it had previously estimated. Employers added 414,000 jobs in November – the most in 17 years. Job growth in December was revised sharply up to 329,000 from 252,000.

Average hourly wages soared 12 cents in January to $24.75, the sharpest gain since 2008. Over the past 12 months, hourly pay, which has long been stagnant, has now risen 2.2 percent. That is ahead of inflation, which rose just 0.7 percent in 2014.” (source)

Unemployment Down = Wages Up

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It’s Not 2010 Anymore

Our job at Accountants For You is to educate our clients about the changing employment environment. Know one knows it better than us because we see it every day!

Unemployment is down from its peak of 10% in 2010.

What Does Low Unemployment Mean For Your Company?

You can’t wait for that perfect candidate anymore. Whereas there used to be 7 applicants to every job opening, there are now only 2!

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Good News

We are here to help by easing your hiring processes, allowing you to put your organization in the best position for success.

Please keep us in mind next time you have a job opening. Let us show you what we can do.