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What to Do When Your Phone Number is Shared | Job Search Radio

What to Do When Your Phone Number is Shared | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers no BS advice for situations where you share a phone or phone number with someone else.


I want to talk with you today about messages being left for you. The trigger for this is a call I just made to someone. The phone number on his resume.H His wife, partner, girlfriend, I don't know which one it is, took a message and was 1 of the most depressed people I'd ever spoken with.

They didn't want to listen to what I said, even though I am saying to her, "Is so and so there?"


"I received a copy of his resume. Is this the right number to reach him on?"

She responds with a faint, "Yeah."

Bored. Disinterested.

"They forwarded your resume to me because they're looking for a job. Can you have him call me."


They start saying goodbye to me… "Wait! Take the phone number down!"

You have to make sure that if you are going to give out a shared phone number that the person who is going to be taking messages for you is going to give a darn. When they take the message. You can't just have a disinterested bystander take messages. You have to have someone who cares.

I want to be clear that this is not about accents. This isn't about anything other than a person who is trying to take a message and create a positive impression for you. Suffice it to say, this wife/girlfriend/partner (I don't know what category this person falls into) really didn't seem to give a darn. It was to the point where I believe that I had to ask her to repeat my phone number back AND she had it wrong!

Again, make sure that if you give out a shared phone number that the other person is going to take messages down you properly and try to create a positive impression,.

That's not about me. That's about any firm that calls!

Whether it is a third-party recruiter or a major corporation offering you the potential of a huge raise and a great opportunity for exceeding what you are doing now, what's the message that you are giving out when you have someone like that. Take a message.

Do you think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday. The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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