Dialing for Dollars
The most effective and efficient way to prospect and qualify for jobs and employers is to reach out and touch someone - with your phone.
Job networking by phone
The most effective way to connect with job opportunities is networking, but what is the best way to network? In-person contact is the most effective but slow and time consuming. Email is fast and cheap, but lacks the personal touch. Only the phone offers quality and quantity of connecting fast and effectively.
Networking by cell or bell?
Maybe both! For receiving calls, consider the best cell phone coverage for your area, so you and you alone are most likely to get the call - put this phone number on your resumes and leave it in phone messages. For making calls, consider regular bell phone service in your name. Be sure to add and use headsets, ear buds, voice mail and call forwarding on both lines to maximize quality connections.
Step into your own phone booth
If you want to come across as superman or woman over the phone, find or create a quiet and comfortable place to make calls. If at home, have your own desk or table in a room away from kids and TV. If at work, find an empty office or room away from distracting noises and inquiring ears. Or try a portable office - your car - parked, windows up, radio off, AC or heater on.
Do you know who you are talking to?
Before you make your call, do your homework . Know how to spell and pronounce their name properly, as well as know the name of their company, the title of their position, and the name of the person who referred you. Write it all down, say it out loud, and then make the call.
Work to find personal referrals
If you begin a phone conversation using the name of a mutual friend, acquaintance or associate, or at least a known referral, the odds of cooperation are multiple times better. Find someone who knows the person you want to call, even if it takes two weeks to make a two minute call, work to find a personal referral.
Phone etiquette and courtesy
Always begin with your name and the name of the person who referred you. Ask if now is a good time to talk. If not, ask when would be a better time. Tell them what you want. Listen, take notes and repeat back what you hear. Say thank you and please. And keep it short and sweet.
There is SOMEONE who knows everyone. Ask HIM for help, for blessing, for connection. You can call HIM anytime from anywhere about anything. And, there are no long distance or roaming charges. "Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known to God..."(Philippians 4:6-7)
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