The voicemail greeting you need when you are job seeking

Today’s job search tip is simple: Listen to your telephone answering machine greeting as it could be the first impression that you make to a recruiter or hiring manager. Make sure it’s professional and a great representation of you.

In the last month, I’ve called voice mails and heard the following messages (tweaked only slightly to keep the individuals anonymous):

“Hi this is XX. I’m probably out with friends or at an OU football game. Leave a message and I might call you back” (New graduate) <music in background>

“Hey, I’m not here. Leave a message” (No greeting or name… small business owner)

And one of the worst… automatic voicemails that haven’t been personalized. I always hesitate to leave a message because the greeting does not confirm it’s the right number. Totally stereotyping here, but I have found these to be pretty common among Gen X men.

Here is a simple, tried and true message: Hi there! You’ve reached the voicemail of Sarah Johnston. I am sorry I missed your call. Please leave your name and number, and I’ll call you back as soon as possible. Thanks, and have a wonderful day.”

Sarah Johnston

I’m a former corporate recruiter and industry “insider” who got tired of seeing talented high-achievers get passed over for opportunities because they did not have the right marketing documents or know how to position themselves in interviews. I have relocated multiple times across the country as a “trailing spouse” and have had to execute job searches in completely cold markets (where I literally knew no one!)

I have been named a LinkedIn Top Voice in the career space in 2019, HR Weekly’s Top 100 Most Influential People in HR, named the owner of the “best resume writing firm for experienced executives” by Balance Careers and a “top follow” by JobScan in 2019 and 2020.

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