What kinds of skills do clerical jobs require?



Clerical jobs can be pathways to career success for those with the right motivation. Learning the technical skills required to excel in office jobs is relatively simple, and getting placed in the right office can open doors that you just don't see at other jobs.

Here's a quick breakdown of some of the most common technical skills you'll need for most of the clerical jobs in the TempStar roster:

Computer literacy. These days, it's all but impossible to work in an office if you don't have basic computer skills. Nearly every set of clerical jobs we come across requires our employees to, at the very least, be able to turn on a computer and navigate its operating system. Developing this skill requires versatility and adaptability as well -- knowing a variety of operating systems, including Windows and Mac, will help increase your marketability.

Word processing. Many clerical jobs will require a basic knowledge of Microsoft Word, the most popular word processing program on the market. Word is capable of a wide variety of functions which can take years to lean -- but don't let that get you down. Most of Word's most vital -- and most oft-used -- functions can be learned in just a couple of hours.

Web surfing. Depending on the job you take, you may be required to use the Internet for a wide variety of tasks, ranging from research to design and everything in between. Web surfing means knowing your browsers (the applications used to access the Web). Microsoft Internet Explorer is the most common browser out there, though others like Safari and Firefox are popular as well. But don't worry -- once you've mastered one browser, it's simple to transfer your skills to another.

Spreadsheets. Many clerical jobs require knowledge of creating spreadsheets, which simulate paper worksheets and have multiple mathematical functions built in. Again, Microsoft technology is the most common here, as Excel (an integral part of Microsoft Office, which also includes Word, as well as a host of other business applications) is most often used to create spreadsheets.

Communication. This one has nothing to do with computers at all, but it's arguably the most important skill you'll use in any of the clerical jobs on our roster. The ability to communicate effectively with your co-workers isn't just a skill you'll need on clerical jobs -- it's one you'll need for just about any job you'll ever have. The temps who excel at TempStar are the temps who are best able to work with the representative of our client firms in a way that gets the job done quickly and efficiently -- something that's nearly impossible to do without great communication skills.


TempStar staffs a wide variety of clerical jobs in York County, Lancaster County, Luzerne County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Adams County and Berks County. We serve York, Hazelton, Reading, Hanover, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Lemoyne, Harrisburg, Ephrata, Lancaster, and locations throughout Central Pennsylvania (PA).