A potential employer will typically contact you in one of two ways to schedule an interview – either through email or by leaving a voicemail on your cell phone. To create the right impression, you need to have a professional email address and voicemail message. Here are some tips for getting these two things right.
It should go without saying, but you don’t want to use an email address that could make you seem offensive, silly, immature and so on. This is definitely not the time for humor, so you’ll want to avoid anything that could come across the wrong way to recruiters.
Most experts suggest using something simple and personalizing it with your first and last name. Ideally, it will consist solely of your first and last name (e.g. email@example.com). If that’s already taken, try to include a middle initial or a descriptive title (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). What you want to stay away from is things that might give away your age such as birth year, graduation and so on.
If your current email address doesn’t meet these criteria, you should go ahead and create a new email specifically for your job search. An added plus is that all employment-related emails will filter directly into that account.
As for your voicemail, this is pretty straightforward. You want to keep it brief and professional. For starters, be sure to include your name. This is critical so that a recruiter knows that they’ve actually reached you and not someone else by mistake. Next, avoid any overly informal sayings that could rub recruiters the wrong way.
Here’s a good example of what you should aim for:
“Hi, you’ve reached Sally Smith. I’m not able to take your call right now, but please leave a message and I will contact you as soon as possible.”
Don’t overthink it. Just keep it simple, and ensure it’s not going to turn off any prospective employers. Also, be sure to speak clearly and with a normal cadence. In other words, don’t speak too fast or too slow.
Professionalism is critical when performing a job search. It’s vital that recruiters get the right impression whenever they reach out to you about an interview. By optimizing your email address and voicemail, you should be able to portray yourself in a positive light and increase your chances of landing an interview
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