3 Voicemail Blunders That Could Cost You A Dream Job

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on Apr 8, 2016. Posted inBlogging In Balance

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Voicemail blunders - MGR Accounting RecruitersAs you can imagine, we recruiters follow-up with many people every day that have submitted a resume and are looking for a new position. While email is certainly a frequently used tool, the fastest way to schedule a potential interview is still by phone.  Also, many experienced hiring managers at private employers are still more likely to attempt to contact an applicant by phone initially instead of emailing them, and certainly more likely than by sending a text message.  For these reasons, it’s crucial that your voicemail works for you instead of against you in your job search.

For best results, avoid these 3 voicemail blunders that may limit your job search:

  1. Neglecting to setup your voicemail.  Voicemail isn’t crucial for everyday life necessarily, but it is crucial for a potential employer to be able to leave you a message if you are looking for a new position.  You can always try to return the call based on your ‘missed calls’ list, but if it is a large employer then the chances of reaching the right person are minimal at best.  If you don’t want to use your voicemail later on due to telemarketing messages, you can always deactivate the account or change the outgoing message.
  2. “This voicemail is full… goodbye.”  Cleaning out your voicemail account when looking for a new position is crucial as well.  In high-demand fields it’s possible that the employer will call back in hopes of catching you later on, or possibly send you an email to try to connect, but they also may simply move on to the next resume.  And if they have enough other applicants for the position, they may not circle back and attempt the call again.  Keeping your voicemail account clean enough to accept new messages is crucial to remaining approachable to potential new employers.
  3. Your favorite rock, rap, or Barry Manilow song.  While there certainly isn’t anything wrong with showing a little personality in your outgoing voicemail message, just make sure that it conveys the ‘first-impression’ that you want to convey to a new employer. Temporarily changing your outgoing message to a simple greeting and later going back to your preferred tune after landing your new dream job is generally best.  Your outgoing message isn’t likely to actually cost you a job, but it can potentially work against you if it is something that isn’t appealing to the new employer.

I hope this list is helpful. As recruiters, we have the opportunity to hear many outgoing voicemail messages each and every day.  It is important to make sure that your voicemail is a tool that is working to your benefit, instead of a roadblock that is limiting your results.

Until next time, I wish you the best in your search.

Please leave a message at the beep…. 🙂

Mark Goldman CPA
mgoldman@mgrar.com