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As a resource to all current and prospective students, Allied Schools, Inc. has developed this blog to provide relevant information to students, job-seekers and professionals alike. Use this blog as your "career guide," turning to Allied Schools for industry updates, career trends, and job search advice. We thank you for visiting!

I am sure you are familiar with the old idiom that the lowest member of the organization is the most important representative of the organization as a whole. Who is the first person that conveys the image or attitude of a company? Often times it is the telephone operator or the assistant at the reception desk. Starting in the mailroom and working your way up the corporate ladder may seem like a tedious and unwelcome task, but it is a necessary one. Although no one expects you to take a job that you are overqualified for, it is important to know how every job within your organization is performed. A valuable and knowledgeable employee is the key to an organization's competitive advantage.

When looking for a job, be sure to convey your versatility to your future employer. Don't be afraid to share you knowledge base no matter how insignificant it may seem at the time. If you are a highly technical medical biller, showing your knowledge of medical terminology and small business management principles will make you more valuable to the company interviewing you. A manager needs to know that the people they hire have the ability to multitask and pick up the slack if another member of the team is unavailable.

When you become part of a company take the time to introduce yourself to the different departments within the organization. For instance, just because you are a marketing professional does not mean that you cannot and should not communicate with the accounting or human resources department. You never know when you will need the advice or assistance of another department. It is better to build your relationships in the beginning of your career instead of waiting until an urgent need arises and you do not have the proper contacts or working relationships put into place.

Don't be afraid to branch out. It is much harder for a company to "let someone go" if they are heavily integrated within the company. A person who makes themselves valuable on many different levels will become an important asset to the company. Improve your employability through continuing education and other specialized on-the-job training. If there is a new tool or technique that you can learn, do it! Challenging yourself today will benefit your entire career. Be the invaluable employee your company can depend on for mailroom sorting and executive-level strategy planning.

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