Monthly Archives: February 2014

Phone Etiquette for Job Seekers

It may seem silly that I am posting solely based on how to speak with potential employers via telephone…however it is a skill that many applicants lack. They are nervous, unprepared, and not clearly giving or receiving the right messages. I hope to shine some light on helpful hints on how to effectively and professionally speak with potential employers to help you land the job your after.

First and most importantly Speak Clearly!!!  It is important that you enunciate and if your a “fast talker” take a deep breath and slow down when you are speaking. If you know that you are a soft spoken person try to turn up the volume so that you are well heard.

Secondly you must always Be Professional. If you have an phone interview at 2 pm call 10 to 15 minutes before 2 pm. Also be sure to have a professional demeanor, do not speak in slang terms to your future employers that is the best way not to land a job. A professional demeanor shows you care about your appearance to others and shows you can be relied upon.

Always Be Polite! Even if the person you are first speaking with isn’t the person hiring you should always be extremely polite they are the person between you and a great job.  

Have a voice-mail set up with a professional message. Voice-mail doesn’t cost extra these days so there is no excuse to have it not set up or have a full voice-mail box. The message should also be a simple message that includes your name and asks callers to leave there information and you will get back in touch with them soon. Music, pranks and slang have no place on your voice-mail if you are looking for a job. Think about it this way, this may be the only impression you get to leave with a future employer I have known many employers that discard applicants because their voice-mail didn’t seem like a professional applicant.

No Ring Back Tones! I never got the point of these but none the less please don’t use these while job seeking. Your future employer doesn’t need to know that you listen to rap or heavy metal when they call you. The only thing they should hear when calling you is a gentle but oh so familiar ringing sound.

Last but certainly not least, if your are job seeking…..Answer your phone including numbers you don’t know. I know I’m guilty of letting an unfamiliar number go to voice-mail because I don’t want to waste my time talking to a wrong number etc….however when I was in search of a job I always answered my phone. From the perspective of a recruiter at a Staffing Firm it is an advantage to answer right away because if you don’t answer and we are seriously trying to fill a position we don’t wait for you to call back we move on to the next applicant on our list. That missed call you have could be a missed job opportunity. 

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Advantages of a Staffing Company

Depending on what perspective you are looking from staffing companies can hold great benefits for both the employer and the employee. The objective of the staffing companies is to bring the right person to fill a position.

From Employee Perspective:

Provide incite to job listings that would otherwise be unavailable to job seekers. Instead of relying on word of mouth or faceless internet posts staffing companies provide incite to job seekers as to what positions are open in their field.

Tips for their resume and interview as well as let them know what to highlight to employer.

Flexible work schedule. Although many job seekers are trying to land full time positions that isn’t necessarily everyone’s objective many people are seeking a part time or temporary position. Perhaps your a stay at home mom who would like to become a part time clerical assistant or its the holidays and you would like to pick up some seasonal work. Staffing agencies can find the right position for your schedule.

From Employers Perspective:

Try before you buy. Employers can use staffing companies to fill a position and get to find the right fit. This way you can see the employees work ethic and demeanor first hand before taking them on full time.

Payroll liability. Staffing companies pay their employees directly and take on workers’ compensation insurance, general liability, state and federal unemployment insurance, Medicare, Social Security as well as administrative costs. This can save employers a lot of money and time on paperwork.

Wider range of applicants. Staffing companies job is to find reliable, qualified employees and because they are looking for employees constantly they know what red flags to look for on resumes and during interviews that most wouldn’t pick up on. Their job is to bring people that meet your qualifications and exceed them.