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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

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Sometimes both companies and workers want flexibility. In these cases temping presents a solution for both. Temping is temporary employment in an office that generally involves doing administration or reception work, but it can take in other areas such as sales, customer service or IT support.

Temps will often be attached to an agency which will send them opportunities with offices who need staff quickly. They will be based in the office for a short period of time, before moving on to the next office in need. 

A need for temps can be created by sick leave, maternity or paternity leave and demanding projects. Temping suits people who are juggling work with other responsibilities, such as university, childcare or creative jobs like acting or music, but it can be a difficult way to make a living. You have no guaranteed income as you won’t be working every day or week.

Occupations in Temping
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Hospital Porter

Assist medical staff with routine tasks, such as moving patients between wards etc.

Hotel Porter

Attends to the luggage of guests and tries to help them with their queries.

Telephonist / Switchboard Operator

Uses a telephone switchboard to redirect incoming and outgoing calls.

Clerical Assistant

Clerical assistants are responsible for filing, dealing with correspondence, maintaining data using computer or manual systems, and other general office duties.

Office Clerk

Works in the administration office of a business performing day to day office duties.

Data Control Clerk

Data control clerks work in specialist organisations and large, centralised computer departments.

Data Entry Operator

Works with a keyboard to input text and numerical information into a computer.

Legal Secretary

Works in the offices of a legal firm dealing with legal documents and general office duties.

Office Administrator

Operates office equipment and uses computers for spreadsheet, word processing, database management. Answers telephones and gives information to callers, takes messages, or transfers calls to appropriate individuals.

Office Receptionist

Works in the front office of a company or organisation meeting, greeting and helping clients.

Wages / Payroll Clerk

Wages clerks deal with wages and salaries for their organisation's employees.

Accounts Administrator

Responsible for the daily processing of invoices and other financial transactions.

Front Office Junior Manager
Supervise the work of office administration or customer service employees to ensure adherence to quality standards, deadlines and proper procedures.
Legal Executive

A professional member of The Irish Institute of Legal Executives who assists in general and specialist legal matters.

Medical Secretary

Works in the administrative department of a hospital, local surgery or clinic.

Personal Assistant
Works closely with a senior member of staff by providing secretarial support and dealing with a range of administrative tasks.

Secretaries provide administrative support to managers and other professionals.

Accounts Assistant

Ensures the smooth operation and control of the accounts, including expenses and general ledger systems.

Database Administrator

Monitor, maintain and administer computer databases, ensuring that they are secure, the data can be retrieved, the database is user friendly and the data is consistent.

Chartered Secretary

Chartered secretaries hold a senior and responsible position within a company or other organisation. They carry out a range of legal, financial and administrative tasks.