Technology has transformed the way many of us live our lives. It has also created many changes in how we find and apply for jobs. So you may think cold calling to try and get a job is a waste of time and a bit old fashioned. However, a bit of initiative shown to the right employer could mean the difference between you and other candidates.
Read on to find out about our tips for cold calling.
Know what you are going to say
When cold calling for jobs, make sure you have done your research first. You don’t want to get caught off guard by an impromptu interview. Understand the job you are going for, what you can offer, and a little bit about the company before you pick up the phone.
It could be worthwhile to practice what you are going to say before you dial. The benefit of cold calling is that you can have bullet points, or even a complete speech written out to help you respond. Whatever you can do to maintain a cool, calm, and collected phone manner and leave a great impression. If they pick up, don’t waste your chance!
Talk to the right person
The receptionist might have great chat, but if they don’t make hiring decisions, then they’re not the one you should be talking to.
Who you should speak to will depend on the size and structure of the company. It could be the head of HR or of the department the vacancy is in. It could even be the owner. Again, knowing a little bit about the business and not going in ill-prepared will improve your chances.
Cold calling for jobs in person
The best way to leave a good impression is to meet face-to-face. Smaller businesses, in particular, often appreciate the initiative and if the job you are looking for is customer-facing, then you will get bonus points. Just make sure you dress for success, have a resume in hand and a good attitude. You never know what may come of your conversation.
Keep in mind however, many of the people that make hiring decisions have busy schedules and may not have much input until your application clears several automated checks. Be sure to show them courtesy and respect their time and when they start looking over resumes, your name may just be the one they notice.
Too nervous? Try Email
If you tend to freeze up on the phone, try writing out your pitch and sending an email. As with the advice above, you need to make sure you are sending it to the right person. Your email pitch is much like a cover letter, so make sure you sell yourself! If you need some pointers, you can find tips in our cover letter writing article that should set you up to succeed.
One downside of sending an email is spam filters. Make sure when you send your email that you have a subject line included and it is isn’t all in caps. Ensure you follow all the other normal business writing rules and your email may get through. It is always good to follow up with a phone call to make sure your email got through.