Beware: Your voicemails Could Be Costing You the Offer!

I’ve been working with job seekers for years, and I can tell you that the details surrounding your communication with your prospective employer are important! You need to pay close attention to your verbally and non-verbal communication during all interviews be especially mindful of how you’re presenting yourself on your emails and voice mails. There are lots of other things I’ll talk later on but for now let’s focus on the voice mails.

I know that when you’re excited about interviewing and in may be eager to get your foot in the door however you’re going about it the wrong way. Voicemail, much like resumes, are only effective when used properly. You wouldn’t submit a 10 page resume right? So why leave a voicemail that’s way too long?

Hiring professionals (i.e. Recruiters, Hiring Managers, etc) typical see countless resumes, send and receive countless emails and voicemail a day, so when leaving a voicemail or email, it’s best to leave only pertinent information and save the rest for the follow-up conversation. The last thing you want is to turn off a would-be employer.

Examples of pertinent information would be: Your name (First and Last), the date & time you called, 1 or 2 sentences regarding the reason for your call, and the best way to reach you. That’s it!

The following should not be left on a voicemail: “Good Afternoon, This is John Doe and I’m calling in regards to the VP position. Got your voicemail, and wanted to reach out and return your call. I’m very interested in this role; I’ve got 15 years of experience having worked for ABC, Inc. and XYZ Company. I’ve handled this and that, and this and that, and I think I’d be a great asset to the organization. I only live about 30 minutes away from the office so the commute wouldn’t be an issue and….. (2+ minutes later)….. I can be reached at (212) 555-5555.”

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