Make It Easy For Me

You’d be surprised how difficult it can be to connect with job seekers. In a time of fierce competition for jobs, it’s important to make sure employers have easy ways to get in touch with you.  Here are a few examples of what I run into frequently.

  • Changing your cell phone or internet service/provider without updating me you now have a new new phone number and/or email address.
  • Allowing your cell phone voicemail account to become too full to receive new messages.
  • Not telling those who share your phone number/email to look out for messages from me. It’s odd how often I’m greeted as a solicitor or debt collector.
  • Neglecting to include primary phone numbers and emails on resumes, email signature lines, business cards and correspondence. I’d add, if you’ve included this information in small or difficult to read font, it’s still problematic.
  • Connecting with me via a social medial tool (LinkedIn/Twitter) and then never going back to check that tool to see if I responded.
  • Failing to provide contact information upon introduction at a networking event. This is made worse by failing to follow-up after a networking event with the contact information you promised to send along.
  • Leaving a voicemail full of all of the times it won’t work for me to call you back. It’s much easier on the brain to hear ideas for when it IS good to call versus the opposite.
  • Only stating your phone number once in a voicemail message. I’d add failing to say your name in a voicemail message.
  • Calling me from a number that isn’t your primary point of contact.

Because the last bullet isn’t as obvious a problem as the others, I’m going to take a hot second to explain it more completely. There are several problems that stem from people not calling me from their primary number. First, I usually only save my contacts’ primary numbers to my cell phone. So, if you are an existing contact of mine and call me on a number that isn’t the norm, I won’t see it’s you on my phone. I may make the decision to let the call go to voicemail when I would have picked up the phone otherwise. Second, if the caller is not an existing contact in my phone, they’ve made it more difficult for me to make it so. It’s easy to click and add numbers to my directory from my inbound call list. Having to type it in manually relies on me being in a position to write the person’s preferred phone number down and then me getting it in correctly while typing on teeny phone buttons.

All of the above may sound like no big deal, but trust me when I tell you every little thing counts when it comes to making it convenient for employers to get in touch with you.

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