Voice Mail Messages that get Results!

A voice mail message is the first impression an potential employer has of you.  Do you ever feel like no one is paying any attention to your voice mail messages? Most individuals only return a call if they understand how it will benefit them to call you back.

Hiring Authorities, Human Resource Professionals and Recruiters will not return voice mail messages if:

  1. You leave too much information or you state what you need or want from them
  2. You ask for a status report or update
  3. They have stated “no calls” on their job posting
  4. The message is all about you and not enough about how your call will benefit them
  5. You have left too many messages and are borderline stalking them

There is a voice mail message that does get returned a very high percentage of the time:  “Hi, this is (your name) at (phone number). Someone suggested we talk. WHEN you return my call, please tell whoever answers the line to interrupt me, no matter what I’m doing. I don’t want to miss your call. Again this is (your name) at (phone number). I really look forward to our conversation, have a great day – thanks!”

This message is returned because you made this person feel important, because you have told them to interrupt you no matter what you’re doing. It’s critically important that you answer your phone (provide your cell phone number). Very rarely do they ask “who suggested you talk to me?” If they do, you could easily respond that you’ve been networking with individuals in your profession, and when you asked others to help you identify the best companies to work for, that is how their company and name was brought up.

Think of all the sales calls you receive at home trying to sell you products or services. How many do you return? You don’t want to say “Hi, I’m a job seeker and I need a job – call me back.” That’s the same as saying “Hi, I’m a salesperson and I want to sell you something – call me back.” Try leaving the voice mail message listed above and you will receive more call backs!

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    Amy contacted me in a time where I was unhappy where I was but wasn’t doing anything to change it. She was very informative and if she didn’t have the information at hand, she got it. She revamped an old resume making it more about achievements than responsibilities. She coached me on interview tactics before multiple interviews and was there to talk about them afterwards. Every conversation we had felt more like a friendship than business. She is genuine, honest and has a passion for what she does. She also helped boost my confidence through the entire interview progress. Whatever she is doing, she must be doing it right because I got the job! Thanks Amy for a life changing experience.
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    He saw a lot of potential in me which allowed me to apply for a higher position than I had first intended. Although the process wasn't easy he was still very honest and trustworthy. I am very grateful to have received his guidance. I really appreciate Tim for all his handwork and consistency.
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