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How Can I Become a Data Entry Clerk?

A data entry clerk must be able to type fairly quickly.
A data entry clerk must be able to accurately enter correct data.
Data entry clerks may be able to work from their home or other location.
Data entry clerks must be able to work on tight deadlines.
It is possible for data entry clerks to work at home for a few companies, accessing company servers through an Internet connection.
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Data entry clerks are professionals who handle the actual entry of information into a database. Employment in data entry generally does not require a great deal of formal education, which makes it a viable part-time job for teenagers in their last few years of high school, as well as for adults who need to pick up a little extra money. There are also full-time positions in many different companies, including businesses that provide data entry service to their clients. If you want to become a data entry clerk, you'll need to type quickly and accurately, and show that you pay attention to detail.

One of the essential skills that you'll need for this job is the ability to enter data quickly. Most employers require a test to determine the speed with which an applicant can enter data using a computer keyboard. The minimum speed required can vary, depending on the templates and programs where the data will be entered. If sufficient speed is demonstrated, there is a good chance that the employer will continue to assess your skill set.

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After determining that you have the ability to enter data in a timely fashion, accuracy will be measured. The ability to enter data correctly is very important for this job. Words must be spelled properly and data must be placed into the correct field. If the data entry focuses on word processing tasks such as entering pages of text into a database, you must use proper punctuation and be able to spell the words properly.

Attention to detail is also important in data entry positions. This means being able to focus on the data and identify something that appears to be inaccurate or incomplete. The ability to notice something that seems out of sync with the rest of the data is very important, since entering incomplete or incorrect data could lead to bigger, more complicated problems later on. A clerk typist or records clerk who can pick up on minor discrepancies and alert supervisors to the possible error is likely to be held in high regard and be considered for promotion at a later date.

It is possible to become a data entry clerk in a number of different industries. Corporation jobs of this type are available in just about any company that maintains mailing lists, client profiles, or information logs of any type. In addition to finding part-time work at local businesses, it is also possible to work from home for a few companies, accessing a company’s server via an Internet connection.

Finding typing jobs that center around data entry is usually a simple task. The local newspaper usually has ads for full- and part-time data entry jobs, and many employment agencies offer assignments to companies who need temporary data entry help. Online data entry positions can be found at many sites offering telecommuting work. While the pay is rarely very high, it can be a good job for someone without much experience, a person looking to boost his or her existing income, or an individual who wants to earn money while remaining at home.

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John57
Post 9
I worked for about 5 years as a data entry clerk at a local hospital. I applied for this job while I was going to school and it was the perfect job during this time.

For the most part, it is not a very stressful job and I could go to work, input my data, and not think about it the rest of the time. This left my brain free to really focus and concentrate on my studies.

julies
Post 8
I would love to be able to find a data entry job I could do at home. I have had data entry jobs in the past, and found that I did very well at them.

As long as I can listen to some music, I don't get bored when I am doing this. I do agree that accuracy is very important. The information you are inputting is usually pretty important, and there should be strict qualifications for accuracy.

I would think this would be one of the easier telecommuting jobs to find, but from what I have seen, most of them still require you to work at an office setting.

sunshined
Post 7
When it comes to being a successful data entry clerk, accuracy is just as important as speed. I have hired for data entry positions before and some of the people who are the quickest aren't necessarily the best at accuracy.

A good data entry clerk will be proficient at both. I am not surprised when there is a lot of turnover for these positions. These are entry level positions and many people can't handle doing the same thing like that over and over all day long.

myharley
Post 6
My very first job was working as a data entry clerk at an insurance company. I was still in high school and worked there during the summer.

While it was a decent job for a teenager, and I liked the money, I quickly knew this was not something I wanted to do on a long term basis.

You pretty much sit in front of the computer and input data all day long. This is much too boring and mundane for me to be able to do this 40 hours a week.

anon210892
Post 4

How do I get a job as a data entry at home job. and how do you choose what jobs are out there for work and get paid for it.

anon120468
Post 3

how do i learn how to enter data for a non governmental organisation dealing in sexual gender-based violence? please help.

milagros
Post 1

There are civil service jobs also. Many cities need data entry workers to input a variety of information into their own data base. It might be a police department, or it could be another division of the city, however, these jobs seem to be shrinking.

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