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If you are a typing whiz and enjoy working in a fast-paced office environment, you might want to become a clerk typist. As a clerk typist, you will do some of the same work performed by secretaries, with a particular emphasis on typing. In addition to typing reports, letters and memos, you might also be called upon to answer telephones, file, process invoices and proofread written materials.
Formal education beyond high school typically is not required if you want to become a clerk typist. These usually are entry-level positions. Law or medical offices, insurance companies and government offices are just a few of the places that employ clerk typists. If possible, apply to industries that grab your interest and offer opportunities for advancement. Depending on the setting, you might be able to advance into secretarial positions or other jobs.
You must be able to type fast with a high degree of accuracy. Never embellish your typing skills when applying for a job. Employers likely will test you to see just how fast you can type. If needed, you should practice your typing skills and test yourself before applying for a job. If your typing skills are weak, consider taking a course in basic keyboarding.
To become a clerk typist, you will need to be able to do more than type well. Some employers will require you to be proficient in whatever computer software programs they utilize. Strong computer skills are essential if you want to become a clerk typist, because most office documents are compiled via a computer. Experience as a clerk typist and a two-year college degree in a related field will give you a definite edge.
Clerk typists also need good grammar, spelling and punctuation skills for proofreading and editing documents. Remember that computer programs will not catch every spelling, grammar or punctuation error. Your role as a clerk typist is to find these errors and make every document you type as professional as possible.
Being able to organize and prioritize work also is a vital part of the job. You likely will work with several documents during the course of a day. More than likely, you also will be working in an office setting every day. For this, you will need good communication skills and the ability to work well with others.
Alternatively, the Internet abounds with offers to work at home as a clerk typist. Some of these jobs are legitimate, but others require you to pay a fee or purchase equipment. Always investigate the company and its terms of employment before agreeing to perform any work.
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