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JOB SEARCH / MAY. 23, 2014
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When to Let a Call go to Voice Mail During Your Job Hunt

If you are like a lot of people, chances are that you are looking for a job and have sent out a lot of resumes to different companies.   If this is the case, every time your cell phone rings you may be tempted to pick it up and answer it, especially if you see it’s one of the companies to which you applied. But there are times when you might want to let it go to voicemail.  Below are 4 times when it’s a good idea to let the phone call go to voicemail during your job search.

Not somewhere where you can talk freely

If you receive a call about a job but you’re in a bad spot to talk, it’s better to call them back.  Years ago you would literally have to sit by the phone waiting for a phone call. But these days, with cell phones, the call can come anywhere and anytime.  If you’re not in a spot where you can talk to the person and devote your entire attention to the call, it’s best to call them back.

You’re not ready to talk

If you have sent out a lot of different resumes to many companies, chances are that you are not going to remember who is calling or what company they are from.  So if you let the call go to voice mail and give yourself time to figure out who it is, you can call them back and be prepared so that you sound professional.

Not ready to have your interview

Sometimes the incoming call is for setting up appointments in the future but sometimes the call is an interview. Sometimes the calls are for screening but sometimes it actually is the interview. They are checking to see if you’ve got the time to do the interview over the phone. If you let the call go to your voice mail, you can get yourself mentally and physically prepared to devote the time to the phone interview.

Not at home, or occupied

There are times when the phone call will come in when you aren’t ready to talk or you’re not at home.  If you aren’t prepared to talk to the person, you can let it go into voicemail. Sometimes it’s better to call them back after hours and leave your own voicemail to tell them you’re indeed interested but that you were out of town and what time you will be available to talk.  Then make sure that you are available at that time and that you’re in a good place to talk and that you have the information

A good thing to remember is that if you’re not ready to talk or you are going to sound unprofessional, it’s better to let it go to voicemail.  You can call them back when you’re prepared to talk to the person and that you are at your best. You want to have the company information in front of you when you’re talking and you don’t want the person to hear your kids calling to you in the background.  Make sure that you have used the restroom, that you don’t sound winded or have the hiccups, and that you are in a quiet spot when you call them back. It will go much better.

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