Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers an important tactic for leaving a message when you are networking.
If you are out there trying to find work, you're probably out there trying to network with people. How are you doing it? Your emailing. Hopefully, you are also calling not just simply hiding behind email and expecting that to do all the work for you. The hopefully not hiding behind LinkedIn and not just simply sending inMails to folks. Instead, if you are going to be calling someone, I want you to think about the message that you are to leave for them proactively.
I had a few calls recently were people left messages that were absolutely awful. It was clear that they were thinking of what to say on the spot and, as a result, 1 of them did leave a phone number, another one forgot to give me any way to get a hold of them... It's ridiculous.Just be clear about what you want to say when you call someone.
If you are networking, simply say, " I wanted to reconnect with you. It is been a long time. Please give me a call back at ..." In very simple ways, leave messages that are clear about what you are trying to accomplish AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU TELL THEM HOW TO REACH YOU!
By the way, follow-up with an email just because folks are busy, the more likely to get the email if they are in meetings and act on it quickly . Then they might with a phone call. Leave a voicemail but follow-up with an email.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.
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