Job hunting can be a long, stressful experience. Finding someone to look at your application and be interested, is half the battle. Once you have someone interested, sealing the deal at an interview is the other half. Between a potential employer’s interest and the interview, you need to be contacted.
If you are someone that is difficult to get a hold of, an employer will most likely move onto the next candidate. It would be highly unfortunate if a job opportunity was lost, because you could not be contacted.
Why Being Contactable Is Crucial
If a potential employer cannot contact you, how will you ever know that the job option was there? Here are some of the reasons that being contactable is so crucial:
- The most obvious is losing out on a potential job opportunity. An employer will generally contact you via email or phone. If you are currently using a more frequent email address than the one written on your CV, you need to change this (or at least check both inboxes equally).
- If a potential employer calls and you don't answer, then leaving a message may not be the end of the world. However, if the phone number is out of service, or there isn't an option to leave a message; you may encounter some issues. This will show the employer that you weren't that serious about the position. Contact information given on an application, or on your CV should be accurate and up to date.
- You may be exhausting your efforts to find a job, when a position may have already been on the table. If you don't receive a phone call due to inaccurate information or unavailability, you may never know that you even had the option to work somewhere.
How You Can Be More Contactable
If you are not being contacted, make sure you are conscious of the following actions:
- Allow and Check For Messages: When it comes to your voicemail messages, they will be the first place to check when you have a missed call. It is normal to miss a call; you may have been driving or working at your current job. The key here is having a professional sounding voicemail option. If an employer can leave a message, then the ball is in your court. You will be expected to call back in a timely fashion. If you only check your voicemails once a week, the position may have been filled by then. Check them on a regular basis.
- Triple Check: This may seem obvious, but accidents happen. We're human, therefore human error occurs. Before sending an application or CV, triple check that your contact information is accurate and updated. If you changed your cell phone number a month ago, make sure that is reflected in the number given.
- Make Contact Info Bold: Make sure that your contact information is on both your CV and cover letter. You want your contact information to be found with ease. Don't go overboard making it stand out, but at least centre your name and contact info at the top of your CV. Your contact info will pop, by changing your name and contact details to bold lettering. This will allow for a subtle effect that stands out.
- Provide Current Email Address: If you use multiple email accounts, make sure your email address provided on your CV is being checked on a regular basis. If your email address is outdated, how are potential employers supposed to contact you? Not only is a current email address important, the address itself is important as well. Make an email address specifically for job hunting if you'd like. It should be professional sounding; preferably your name. If you have a specific email address for jobs, emails related to potential jobs will not get mixed up in your personal emails.
Make sure you're doing all you can when it comes to job hunting. Contact information is just as important, if not more important than your CV content. Without proper contact details, you will never be offered a position. If you are not offered a position because of contact issues, you're wasting your efforts. Being conscious of some of the tips above and increase your chances of landing a job today.
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