When was the last time you updated your voicemail recording? If you’re like most people you record it and forget it. Or worse yet, never recorded one at all and just let the generic message from the phone company greet callers.
When you’re looking for a job, you want every contact that a potential employer has with you to leave a positive impression. A professional voicemail greeting will boost your credibility with managers and recruiters who may contact you about job opportunities. A good voicemail message makes you seem employable and encourages whomever is calling to leave a message.
On the other hand an unprofessional voicemail recording can have the exact opposite effect. Instead of beginning to build a positive relationship and possibly moving forward with the recruitment process, it could make the employer hang up and move on the other applicants.
With that in mind, we’ve written a few voicemail script options that are perfect to use while job hunting. They are professional and polished, so you’ll be sure to make a good impression with future employers. After selecting your favorite, practice it a few times to get comfortable with the script. You may even want to have a copy in front of your when making the final recording.
"Hi, you’ve reached [your name]. I’m unavailable right now. Please leave a message with your name and number, I’ll return your call."
"Hi you’ve reached [your name]. If you’re calling between the hours of [state hours] I am at work/school or school. If you are calling in response to a job application that I submitted, please send an email [provide email address] so that I can respond more quickly. Otherwise, leave a message with your name, phone number and name of business that you’re calling from. I will return your call during lunch or after work/school. Thank you!"
"Hello, this is [your name]. Thank you for reaching out. I’m not available at the moment. But if you leave your name, phone number and company you’re calling from, I’ll return your call. Thank you!"
"Hello, you’ve reached [your name]. I’m not available right now. But if you’re calling regarding employment I’m very interested in speaking with you. Please leave a message with your name, phone number and company you’re calling from. I’ll return your call as quickly as possible. Also, if you need to reach me right away, send an email to [your email] or a text message to [phone number]. Thank you!"
Whose in? Join us in updating our voicemail greetings- so that employers and recruiters everywhere will be impressed by our professional voicemails. You’ll be amazed at how a seemingly small change can make a huge difference in your job search.