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Office clerks do a little bit of everything. They’re definitely a jack-of-all-trades. Depending on the company, an office clerk might:
Stuff envelopes and mail them
Write and reply to email
Sort incoming mail
Each office clerk job is unique, so you won’t be doing the same thing at different companies. For example, if you’re a clerk at a marketing firm, you’ll have different duties than if you work in a medical office. For example, a medical clerk might be asked to scan and file patient records. That would be a little weird to request from a marketing office clerk. Office clerk jobs are great for someone who gets bored doing the same thing every day.
Our company is looking for a competent office clerk to perform a variety of clerical tasks to support our office. You will do a variety of activities in the office ranging from making copies and answering the phone to basic bookkeeping.
An effective office clerk is important to help maintain smooth office operations. You must be reliable and hardworking with great communication skills. Our ideal candidate will also be familiar with common office equipment and procedures.
Typical duties include:
Maintain files and records so they stay up-to-date and easily accessible
Sort and distribute incoming mail and prepare outgoing mail
Answer the phone and route calls to the appropriate person or take messages
Use office equipment such as copiers, scanners and printers, as well as computers for word processing or spreadsheets
Basic bookkeeping such as issuing invoices
Taking meeting minutes and dictations
Assist in office management and organization procedures
Monitor stocks of office supplies (paper clips, stationery etc.) and order when there are shortages
Assist with travel arrangements
Other office duties as assigned
Previous experience as an office clerk (or other clerical position)
Familiar with office equipment and procedures
Fast typist with knowledge
Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
Excellent communication skills
Exceptional organizational and multitasking abilities
Minimum of a high school diploma
According to Payscale, the average hourly rate for an office clerk is about $15.75
A high school diploma is enough to get started as an office clerk. It’s important to have some office skills, such as typing, good phone skills, word processing, etc. Most training is done on the job.
When you first start an office clerk job, you’ll work on a lot of different tasks. But as you improve your skills, you can specialize in a certain area. You can also be promoted to office manager, administrative assistant or executive assistant.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), office clerk employment opportunities are projected to show little or no change from 2016-26. Overall job opportunities should be fine due to the need to replace workers who leave to change occupations or leave the workforce.