Tip: How to Leave a Voice Mail Message

18 May 2007 at 2:09PM 1 comment

1937 TelephoneYesterday involved a game of what recruiters dread most: voice mail tag. Here are my begging and pleading requests for all who must leave a voice mail message:

  1. Speak slowly and clearly
  2. Mention your full name (please, don’t say, “This is Jennifer”. I have resumes from dozens of Jennifers!)
  3. Mention the title of the position you are calling about.
  4. Speak clearly
  5. Don’t assume that I’ll be able to get your number from caller ID
  6. Repeat your phone number
  7. Speak slowly
  8. Indicate a good time to reach you
  9. A short message is a good message
  10. Speak clearly and slowly

Thank you. Thank you. Please, thank you!


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1. "I can't tell you the best way to get a job - because there is no one best way. After 21 years of recruiting, I CAN share things I've seen candidates do to guarantee they DIDN'T get the job."

2. "Most companies don't realize how their recruiting process impacts their candidate pool, and their business. Attention to simple things will result in big improvements."

About the Author

Troy Bettinger, SPHR is a Denver Recruiter, Public Speaker, HR Metrics Analyst and Human Resources Leader who has been recruiting in corporate and municipal environments since 1991.

He specializes in the complete hiring process: defining, sourcing, recruiting, testing, interviewing, offering and orienting new hires. He's also well versed in strategic human resources, college recruiting, diversity recruiting, AAP, EEO, ATS integration, recruiting metrics, social media, recruiting leadership, training and employment branding.


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