How to find your first job in the secretarial field

Career and personal development
First Job

Graduate or not, it is no easy task for first-jobbers to get a foot through the door of a company. Most positions nowadays require ‘previous experience’ – a vicious circle for those without! So how does one land that elusive first role? A business training school could be the answer.
Whether you aim to be a ‘career PA’ or not, a secretarial qualification has been proven to open doors. No matter what industry you are interested in, the skills learnt at a secretarial school are valued and valuable:

• MS Office systems

• Touch-typing

• Shorthand

• Diary management

• Travel itineraries

• Minute-taking

• Project management

• Basic finance

• Presentation technique

By confidently stating these skills on your CV, you are putting yourself ahead of the pack, demonstrating your determination and passion for the industry.

Considering the current economic climate, it is important to start thinking about an alternative way to find your first position. If you are a graduate, bearing in mind the few graduate trainee schemes available, beginning your career in a business support position could be an option. It would not only give you that all-important ‘first experience’ but will also allow you to see the variety of roles existing within a company.

Gaining your first role requires tactical effort, from CV presentation to interview technique. Arriving at an interview well-presented and organised will create a great first impression. Building a good relationship between you and your recruitment consultant is hugely important and defining your aims clearly will allow the consultant to recommend the right roles for you.

The prospect of entering the job market is a daunting one. A business training course can give you the an advantage in your job search and give you time to develop your skills and confidence as a candidate.

Tiger can help you find your first role. Get in touch today.

Author David Morel Tiger Recruitment Team

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