I wasnt sure what to expect as my first day at my new job as a Virtual Receptionist, I had worked in a very slightly similar environment before so a part of me imagined it would just be a matter of getting used to new clients, this was not the case, I have found that being a Virtual Receptionist is not as straight forward as being a front of house Receptionist and at times can be much more challenging..
I started my first day with a meeting with my new manager; we discussed the job role again then we spoke about what I would be doing over the following days and how he planned for me to progress over the next couple of days.
Firstly I was shown the system that is used for telephone answering, when I first saw it I thought it all looked very daunting as I had never seen anything like it before, there were lots of boxes, lists and writing everywhere, it all looked very complicated but I was assured I would get the hang of it, looking at how confident the other girls were on the system also made me feel more comfortable with giving it a go!
I did a few practice calls with Andy to try and get the hang of the system without the pressure of someone else on the other end of the line! This was good for practice and got me used to clicking the right buttons at the right time.
After a few practices I spent the rest of the afternoon shadowing one of the other Virtual Receptionists this involved using a system where I could listen in on her calls and hear how the clients and the receptionists interact with each other, I was also answering the calls but had the support of someone else being there and being able to hear what was being said so I felt more confident that less could go wrong.
The calls are divided into three groups depending on how hard they are; green orange and red (Green being the easiest and red being the hardest)
For the rest of the week I was sitting with the girls one at a time to take and listen to calls, I think this was the best way I could have been trained to take the calls because I got to listen to how each of the girls spoke with the different clients and how the different clients spoke to us and how they expected we spoke to the clients.
On the Friday of that week I sat on my own and took the call by myself but I had the security that if I felt unsure on how to answer a call or what to say to the clients, that everyone else in the office would be able to help.
Now at the end of my second week here at best reception I am working independently on my desk but knowing if I ever need any help I have everyone around me
I am really looking forward to my time ahead at best reception as I progress and move forward!