OCCUPATION THESAURUS

RECEPTIONIST



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
A receptionist works at the front desk of an office or business and, therefore, usually makes the first impression on clients. They're responsible for welcoming guests, distributing and filing paperwork, and answering the phone. They can have additional duties, such as making appointments, ordering office supplies, billing, bookkeeping, checking the mail, training new administrative employees, and escorting clients around the facility. Some receptionists might also be responsible for scheduling or arranging professional services, such as building repairs or website design.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
A high school diploma is usually required to work as a receptionist. However, in some facilities, high school students may be employed as office help and take on some of the duties. Most training, such as learning office protocol and how to use the company's software system, occurs on the job. Receptionists are often required to have baseline words-per-minute typing skills and proficiencies with common computer programs.

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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SOURCES OF FRICTION:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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COMMON WORK-RELATED SETTINGS:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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