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The Lost Art of Telephone Job Hunting

The Lost Art of Telephone Job Hunting

In this age of super-connectivity, there's a wide choice available to all of us when we want to communicate with others. We can email, text, video message, or no matter how old-fashioned it might seem: call people. The internet is making communication easier by the day, but many people make the mistake of losing the personal interaction when they make contact during a job search, by over-using email or SMS texting. However easy it might be to rattle off a text or email and await a reply, there really is no substitute for picking up the phone and actually speaking to someone.

But is using the telephone to make contact when job hunting a lost art? Is it one we need to rediscover? And will it give you a better chance?

The short answer to all of these questions is yes. It is increasingly a lost art as people seek to avoid personal contact, relying instead on impersonal email and texting. If you want to place yourself ahead of others in the race for the right job, you'll need to rediscover the art of verbal communication, making calls, making personal contact and building personal rapport with other people.

Speaking directly to the person who is hiring, or someone in a position to influence the hiring manager will undoubtedly put you in a better position than many of the other candidates. If you can make a good impression when speaking with someone on the phone, or starting to build some of that all-important rapport, you put yourself in a much better position than those applicants who chose to wait on the impersonal decision-making process. This process is based on the sparse amount of written information in a job application and can never give a reviewer an indication of your true personality, drive or manner. Picking up the phone and making it your mission to speak to the right people not only puts you on the line with the decision-makers, but it demonstrates your ability to get a job done - something hiring managers always want to see.

Article Added: 29/11/2015

Posted By: Paul Docherty