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A school receptionist can have many duties, but generally, he or she will be responsible for meeting and greeting visitors to the school, managing paperwork, managing phone calls and e-mails, and performing any other tasks assigned by administration or other faculty. In order to become a school receptionist, you will need to graduate from high school or earn an equivalent qualification, and in many cases, you may be required to attend a post-secondary receptionist training program, though this is not always a requirement. You can become a school receptionist without formal training as long as you have developed basic to moderate math skills and exceptional communications skills.
You will also likely be required to have some computer skills if you want to become a school receptionist, so if you have no experience with computers, it is a good idea to enroll in a community college course that will teach you the basic skills you will need. While not always the case, many schools now manage enrollment and attendance on computers, and as a receptionist, you will very likely need to draft letters and other documents using computer programs.
Once you become a school receptionist, you will be dealing with children of various ages for most of your day. That means you should be comfortable working with children, but more importantly, you should earn any certifications that are relevant in your area. In some regions of the world, for example, you won't need any certifications at all, but you may need to obtain a fingerprint clearance card from a local law enforcement agency. Some school districts may even require you to submit to a criminal history check to ensure you are qualified and legally able to work in a school setting.
Prepare for a job interview by creating a thorough resume that outlines your skills and qualifications. A strong cover letter will also help improve your chances to become a school receptionist. Be sure to dress presentably for the interview, as well as for every day of work. If you want to improve your chances of getting hired, you can enroll in an associate's degree program that will teach you all the necessary skills. Employers are more likely to consider you for hire if you are better educated and prepared.
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