Just this morning, I called a client to confirm his appointment with me.Â The only number he’d given was his cell phone, which I dialed.Â For approximately three full minutes (I timed it), I was constrained to listen to a piece of music the man obviously thought would entertain his callers.Â Although the music was pleasant, I found it rather excruciating.Â I had to listen to the piece in its entirety until his actual voice mail kicked in, allowing me to leave a message.Â But that, too, was another minute’s wait as I was treated to the man blessing me in two languages and asking me to have an absolutely wonderful day in the light of the Lord.Â As he represented business, I found the patience to hang on … by a thread.
That was four minutes of my life that I will never get back.
Had I been a potential employer contacting the man to schedule an interview, I would have hung up long before those four minutes were up.Â I’d have granted the interview to someone else who
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a.Â Â Â Â Â Â Displayed some common courtesy for my time, or rather, the lack thereof, and
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â b.Â Â Â Â Â Â Had set up his voicemail in a much more professional manner.
As much as it astounds me that self-professed serious job applicants demonstrate this type of behavior, I feel compelled to point out the obvious.Â
Many job seekers have deep six’ed their landline phones, and have done so in order to
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a.Â Â Â Â Â Â Reduce their expenses in this sinking economy and
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â b.Â Â Â Â Â Â Remain available to prospective employers round-the-clock.
If you are one such job candidate, please engage your gray matter; be considerate of the hiring managers.Â Imagine the employers’ annoyance should they reach voicemails such as the one my client currently prefers.Â If you are using a system similar to my client’s, do yourself a favor if you do not wish to sabotage your job search.Â Change your voicemail!Â Â If your friends and loved ones cannot deal with the lack of “warm and fuzzy” from your message mechanism, you have two choices:
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a.Â Â Â Â Â Â Allow them to locate and secure a job for you or
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â b.Â Â Â Â Â Â Tell them to get real.
You are seeking employment.Â You are supposed to be a professional.Â Project that in your electronic message!Â
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