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10 Things That No Professional Receptionist Will Do For You

Updated on January 31, 2015
What a beauty and the most-important employee in a company
What a beauty and the most-important employee in a company
A cheerful voice by a sweet receptionist is always a good part of the day
A cheerful voice by a sweet receptionist is always a good part of the day
A professional receptionist is always busy
A professional receptionist is always busy
What a cute smile she has
What a cute smile she has
This girl is a natural for her job as a professional receptionist
This girl is a natural for her job as a professional receptionist
Professional receptionists know how to make clients and job applicants feel at ease
Professional receptionists know how to make clients and job applicants feel at ease

Succeed by not asking

One who is not familiar with the business world might foolishly-think that "skating by" the receptionist is just a formality if you have a job interview with her company. If you do think this, you have so much to learn.

To say it all in one sentence, the receptionst is without question, the most-important person in whatever company you care to name. I know that you'd love to argue with me, but when you slowly think this through, you will come around to my way of thinking.

I cannot list everything that a professional receptionst does during a typical workday, but you can bet your last dollar, it is far more than most of the employees in the company and even the managers and bosses. And if you are seeking employment with the company she works for, take my advice, no matter if you are a male or female, no matter how much you ask, plead or even beg on bended-knee-- there are

10 Things That a Professional Receptionist Will NOT do For You

10.) POSE FOR YOU TO -- snap a suggestive photo of her sitting cross-legged on her desk.

9.) RUSH RIGHT OUT -- to buy you a cold soda because you are dying of thirst.

8.) JOIN YOU -- in singing your favorite song, "I've Been Working on The Railroad."

7.) USE HER PHONE -- and her time to call your cousin " Sal," to see if he will pick you up after your job interview.

6.) ALLOW YOU -- to hold her hand because you are nervous about your job interview.

5.) TAKE TIME -- to play a few hands of Gin Rummy with you to settle your nerves because you have never applied for work with a company as big as the one she works for.

4.) INSPECT YOUR -- wardrobe and tell you (for $100.00) how good you look.

3.) LET YOU BORROW -- a few bucks to buy your lunch because you forgot your wallet.

2.) LET YOU LEAN OVER -- the front of her desk just to enjoy how gorgeous she looks.

1.) DO IMPRESSION -- of Beyonce and sing a few of her hit songs.

If you don't believe me, the next time you are out of work and you apply for a job at a company with a nice-looking receptionist sitting out front, go ahead. Be brave and ask her to do a few of these things.

And do not be offended if she asks you to leave.

Notice: this is NOT a professional receptionist

"I need your opinion. This hub was intentionally written in a short-length to see if my Great Followers like this style better or those hubs which take a while to read."

Thank you for reading my materials and

leaving me your opinion.

Kenneth

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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Kristen,

      Thank you, my friend, for the educational points in your nice comment. I like the short ones as well as the long--besides I hate working that much.

      Peace.

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      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Kenneth, this hub was pretty funny. This writing style worked well for me. It doesn't hurt to have long or short hubs too, besides average length ones. Good work and voted up!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, DzyMsLizzy,

      It has been a long time. How are you? I have missed you. Thank you for the great comment and advice. I appreciate both.

      I will do some shorter ones for awhile. In my time on HP, I am with you on the tough reads--long and short, not spellchecked, photos mislabeled, etc.

      I try to choose the best photos and edit my text as I go and then look it over again and then a final time before publishing.

      But even with this extra-work, errors still happen as we are all human.

      Thanks again and have a Great Valentine's Day.

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      Liz Elias 

      3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      This was great. Spot on; done with humor. The video was hilarious!

      As far as hub length goes, short; long, matters not to me. What I seek is quality writing. A short, poorly written piece full of spelling, structure and grammatical errors can feel as if it takes hours to read, whereas a much longer article, well-written, is a pleasure that feels like only seconds to read.

      Voted up, interesting and funny.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Sparklea,

      I am extremely proud of you and your mastery of shorthand. I remember my high school years and the junior and senior girls talking about it at break and lunch time--some complained and some did not. But I was fascinated with the code-like writing. Honest.

      Thanks for your comment and have a safe weekend.

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      Sparklea 

      3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Ken shorthand is a lost art. They never should have done away with it. I am thankful to be one of the people who has mastered it. But today I would never try to learn it...it is something you learn in grade school and college.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      vkwok . . ."Thanks, my good friend."

      I appreciate how much you read my hubs. That keeps me built up.

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      3 years ago from Hawaii

      Funny hub, Kenneth!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Sparklea,

      Thank you for the prompt response.

      I am sure that it is tough learning shorthand and although I have always admired those who have mastered it, you included, I do not want more on my plate than I can chew.

      May I say that I am proud of you.

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      Sparklea 

      3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Kenneth, thanks for your note. In response to your question, 'is shorthand hard to learn?'...when I first started the class, (which was mandatory to get my degree)...I could not stand it...nor UNDERSTAND any of it...But I practiced, practiced, practiced, and finally it 'clicked' and I was on my way! For me, it was like learning to drive...I was so uncomfortable taking driver's education, and still could not relax after I got my permit, but FINALLY, I felt totally comfortable behind the wheel. Now, to me, shorthand is SO EASY and if you called me up, I could write every word you say in shorthand, UNLESS you talked real fast. I took 3 years of shorthand in high school and two years in college. I got an "A" in college.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @Nikkij504gurl,

      As per the video, I just fished for it on the internet. If it came from a series, it wasn't listed. Thanks.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Sparklea,

      You blessed me with your comment. I admire you for the work you have accomplished, especially you being an expert at shorthand. I have always loved that tool. Is it hard to learn?

      You sure know your office atmospheres and how some people work in an office atmosphere. Your phrase, "meow gossip line" was super.

      And your P.S. about shorter hubs was much-appreciated. I think shorter is the better. Thanks.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Nikkij504gurl,

      Thank you for your nice comment and for being so familiar with my topic. I guess being a receptionist has its drawbacks from within like you said those guys who lean over your desk and hit on you as if that is fine by you.

      Thanks for leaving me this comment. And come back anytime.

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      Sparklea 

      3 years ago from Upstate New York

      PS KENNETH: You asked at the end of this hub if readers prefer a shorter hub like this one or one that takes a while to read: For MYSELF ONLY: MY OWN OPINION: SHORTER WORKS MUCH BETTER FOR ME. One reason I get so behind on the hubs is because sometimes it takes so long to read even one. If they were shorter I could read more and comment on more. NOT BORING, but just too long for me due to time constraints. But this is just me. THANK YOU for presenting this question.

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      Sparklea 

      3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Ken this is so great! I worked in the secretarial field for over 25 years...and part of my job was receptionist. Biggest mistake I ever made! - sort of - because I only did it because my grandfather made me go to college and so I 'settled' on taking secretarial business courses instead of following my dream to be an airline stewardess. The GOOD thing that has come out of this is that taking these courses taught me my FAVORITE subject: SHORTHAND, which I am an expert at. I have used it all my life...AND I ALSO loved English Composition and, as a result, I discovered a passion for writing which I have done all my life via diaries, journals, and being published in magazines and newspapers.

      SO. You are correct about the importance of being a receptionist. Secretarial work is a nightmare, and you get a few women in an office and you have the meow gossip team. There is ALWAYS, ALWAYS and ALWAYS at least one troublemaker.

      I would NEVER work in an office again. I finally quit and I LOVE being home without brouhaha.

      I LOVED your ten reasons...SO FUNNY, and a lot of receptionists I have encountered over the years are not even pleasant, bordering on rude, complacent and a look on their faces like they hate their jobs...probably because they do. Voted up, interesting and funny. God bless, Sparklea :)

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      Nikki Wicked 

      3 years ago from Louisiana

      Well, I can agree since I am a professional receptionist for over 7 years now and I wouldn't do any of those except the guys that work here with me do tend to hang over my desk and look at me/hit on me all the time lol and that video is funny. I think I've seen it before. What show is it from?

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