LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||30/MAR/2008 2:03 PM|
The Occupational Outlook Handbook does not list "office assistant." It lists "general office clerk" (auxiliar de [de serviços gerais] escritório). Or more simply, "office clerk."
According to OOH, a general office clerk:
- does not usually perform a single especialized (or designated) task;
- have responsibilities that often change daily with the needs of the grindstone that he or she has to keep his or her nose to;
- may spend days on end filing or keyboarding (typing on a computer keyboarding);
- may enter data at a computer terminal;
- may operate photocopiers, fax machines, and other office machines. I have used a broom to sweep the room clean on occasion;
-- may prepare mailings;
-- may proofread documents (You wouldn't simply print out a memo and stick it into your boss's desk for him to sign on the spot. My boss actually proofread every document that came to his hands. So we had to proofread it first to make sure it contained no typing errors or grammar errors);
- and least but not last, answer telephone calls and deliver messages.
"The specific duties assigned to a clerk," says OOH, "vary significantly, depending on the type of office in which he or she works. An office clerk in a doctor's office, for example, would not perform the same tasks that a clerk in a large financial institution or in the office of an auto parts wholesaler would. Although all clerks may sort checks [...]" You can check the whole yadda-yadda-yadda out here:
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