Connecting with someone you don’t know can be intimidating, but it is important. Whether you’re applying for an internship or trying to get a full-time job, reaching out by phone can help you land a face-to-face meeting. Use these tips:
Dealing with an executive assistant. When you call, there’s a good chance you will get an assistant. Be respectful and find a common ground. Try to get the assistant to like you enough to want to help you.
Dealing with voice mail. Be prepared to leave a concise and positive voice mail message. Say something like, “I got your name from our alumni association. I’d like to set up a time to meet with you about the job opening in your department.”
Be patient. What if the person doesn’t return your call? Wait at least five business days to phone back. If they aren’t available, leave a friendly follow-up message.
Making contact. Before you call, be armed with something you’ve discovered when you researched them that will “wow” them quickly. Maybe this person was recently promoted, or perhaps the company was just in the news. Start the conversation with a piece of information that shows you’ve done your homework. Then request a brief face-to-face meeting.
Following up after the call. Send a hand-written note saying how much you are looking forward to the meeting. This is rare today, and helps set you apart from everyone else.
Excerpted from Your Dream Job Game Plan by Molly Fletcher with permission from JIST Publishing