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3 reasons an office support career makes sense

Updated: 01 Mar 2014


Looking for a job that will never be outsourced, gives you access to the leading business minds and allows you to work in either successful multinationals or thriving SMEs? Then consider a career as an office support professional.

“Office support professionals enjoy long and exciting careers,” says Marc Burrage, Regional Director of Hays in Hong Kong. “Rather than collecting dry cleaning or making coffee, a career in office support keeps you front and centre in our fast-paced business world.
“Depending on who you support, no two days are the same. You might plan meetings in different countries and time zones, organise the logistics of transporting equipment or product samples for a conference, ensure an event runs smoothly, take minutes, manage diaries, data entry, take ownership of occupational health and safety or load content onto intranet and internet sites.  The only certainty is that the role is varied.”
According to Marc, the career path is fairly standard. “Typically you start out as an office junior and as you gain experience, prove yourself and your skills base grows, you move up into more demanding support roles.”
But it’s not only the variety that makes office support an attractive role. According to Hays Office Professionals there are three other factors worth considering:
  1. It’s not easy to outsource

Every department needs an Administrator, every senior manager has an Executive Assistant, every reception area needs a reliable Receptionist and every office needs an Office Manager. Office support enables every meeting to take place, every deal to be won and every executive to lead. It’s not easy to outsource so many multiple tasks.
  1. You can work alongside the leading business minds:

With hard work, a good attitude and a solid base of skills and experience, you can climb the corporate ladder and become the right-hand of the executive/s you support. Supporting at C-suite level means you are usually always on call, but you are also privy to how such executives operate, what makes them successful and you can pre-empt their needs. It can be inspiring to work in such an environment.
In addition, an executive will trust their good office support to stand in for them whenever they are away, which gives you an opportunity to gain valuable experience.
  1. You can work inside successful multinationals or thriving SMEs:

By working side-by-side with executives, you keep on top of what is happening in the market and develop good business acumen. Importantly, office support is a necessary function in every office large or small, so you will always find an organisation that is the right fit for you and where you can best thrive.
Hays Office Professionals is a division of Hays, and is the expert in recruiting administration and office management staff across a range of industries and professions. Our expertise includes recruiting for office managers, executive secretaries, secretaries, administration managers, customer service managers, group secretaries, project administrators, data entry operators, filing clerks, legal assistants, administrators and receptionists.
Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.
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For further information please contact Lucy Sharp, Regional Marketing Manager of Hays, on +61 2 8226 9885 or

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