As recruiters, when we are conducting searches for top candidates for our clients, we virtually make thousands of calls. Some of those calls lead to messages like: “You have reached a number that is no longer in service” or “the subscriber you are calling has a voicemail that is not set up or the mailbox is full.” You’d be surprised with how many numbers end up being incorrect on resumes. Or when they are correct, I often hear “The subscriber you are calling is not accepting calls at this time.” The list goes on and on.
Everyone knows the old saying, “Opportunity only knocks twice in a lifetime.” So how many times does it ring, and how many people are missing out on that one significant role that could change your life or the lives of others? If you want to be offered the next big thing in your career, you must be prepared to answer the door.
Tips for not missing that ring:
- Have the correct phone number and email address on your resume. Not a day goes by that we don’t see this one. I can’t even tell you how many wrong numbers I’ve called trying to get ahold of a candidate for a stealer job opportunity.
- Add a contact number when you leave a message. This has become a lost art. Leave a callback number so I can quickly get in touch with you if I miss your call.
- Set up your voicemail. If you put your contact number on your resume, WHY would you not set up your voicemail? If I can’t leave you a voicemail, how can I tell you about this amazing opportunity?
- Empty your voice mailbox. What else can we say about this one? If your voicemail is full, I can’t leave you a message.
- Always have an updated resume. It is easier to update your resume periodically than to always have to rewrite it.
- If you can’t answer your phone, set it up so it will go to your voicemail or forward it to a message phone. Have someone that is reliable and willing to answer the call and take a message on your behalf.
- When you only have an email on your resume to contact you, reply back. I understand that some candidates do not want to receive calls. It is common courtesy to reply, even if you are not interested or available for the role. Trust me, I will stop bugging you sooner if you let me know you’re not interested!
These are a few ideas that should help the next time you are wondering why you are missing out on that next missed opportunity.