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Steven Ransom
over 6 months ago

What Does your Voicemail Greeting Say About You?

You may not remember (or wish to remember) a time before texting, caller ID, or maybe even cell phones. But, lest we forget, a short ten years ago, answering machines were a thing. A big thing. And today, the art of voicemail is still alive. I know you know this. But sometimes, dear job-seeker, my experiences trying to get a hold of you tell me that you don’t really know this. Listen up, job-seekers. Your voicemail greeting message is important. In fact, having your voicemail set up incorrectly — or worse, not at all — is going to make employers/hiring managers less likely to hire you. When I ask people why they haven’t set up their voicemail, I have yet to hear a good reason. The most common is that “I never check my voicemail” or “Anyone who wants to get a hold of me will text me.” Well, guess freaking what? Recruiters are not going to text or even call you back.

Talking on the phone and even leaving voicemails may seem like a thing of the past but believe me it is still happening- especially when applying/interviewing for jobs and internships. I can't tell you the number of times I been told by employers/hiring managers getting a voicemail and can't hear the person or don't have enough information to call them back!

Although this video might seem simple, pay close attention because these tips will help you to show the potential employer that you are both interested in the job.

Feel free to leave any questions or comments below.

Leaving a Professional Voicemail!

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Ashley Wilson
Community Specialist
over 6 months ago

Did you follow up?

Now that the job fair is over the most important part is here, following up!

Following up is a critical aspect of the job seeking process. It does a few things. It lets the employer know you are serious, reminds them of who you are and your qualifications, and keeps the hiring process moving along. So let’s take a look at how following up works.

When- Send your follow up at least 1-2 business days later.

Who- You must be sure to reach out to the right person! Whether you jotted the employer’s email address down in a notebook or found it on the website, make sure to reach out directly to the person you spoke to or the hiring manager. By sending it to an individual (and make sure to address it to them) you will avoid it being lost in the shuffle.

How- You can follow up with a call, email, or [thank you card] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/6f8322ea-b3fd-5930-98b9-d8d30b735880). Email is suggested as it’s instant and will give you the proper amount of time to gather your thoughts, however, there is also something wonderfully personal about receiving a handwritten note if you can send it quickly. See what to say in your follow up [HERE] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/3a2695c7-ced7-5bea-af4e-8789f758e97b).

What- Make sure it’s personal. Remember that employers have likely met and spoken to MANY candidates so it’s unlikely they will automatically remember you. If you had a good conversation during the interview, make note of something you discussed and mention it. Perhaps you both went to a certain college or own black labs. It’s all about forging a connection! Also be sure to convey how excited you’d be to work for them. Mention the main reasons why you would be the right person for the job by emphasizing your strengths and capabilities while demonstrating that you are a great fit. Keep it short and straight to the point.

A follow up is also a great way to include those final things you may have neglected to mention at the job fair, so make sure not to forget to take the time to do so now.

Please comment with any questions!

Happy following up ; )

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Larissa Latiker
over 6 months ago

Whats the phone number?

Would like number to check on my application

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Carlos Alvarado
over 6 months ago

3 Effective Options to follow-up on your Home Depot Application:

More on how to apply for a job at the Home Depot 1 - Go to the HD career page (http://careers.homedepot.com/) ** Place cursor over “Returning User” then select operations area you applied In-Store Hourly, Distribution Hourly, or Corporate). ** Enter your Email address & Password you originally created to submit your online application. ** Select the ‘Job Submission Status” link to check your application status. 2 - Call the Employment Hotline number (866) 698-4347 3 - Visit the store(s) Customer Service desk and ask to speak to the Personnel Manager about your application status.

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Ashley Wilson
Community Specialist
over 6 months ago

Did you send a follow up?

You had the interview, great! Now it's time to follow up. You should always send this to every person you interviewed with as soon as possible (24-48 hours is ideal). This thank you follow up email should be brief, friendly and conversational. It should also remind them of your interest in the job and discuss any relevant details on why you’re qualified.

The follow up email is also a great opportunity to add any significant information you may have forgotten to say in the interview.

For example:

Hi [interviewer name],

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me on (add day in here). After learning more about the position, I’m very excited about the opportunity to join your team and help [add things YOU would do for them] for [company name]. I feel that my past experience [list the things you did in your past jobs] would be a great fit for your company.

I look forward to speaking with you soon!

Warm regards, [your name]

Also, if you discussed something personal during the interview that really stuck out to you, you can mention that in the email as well. For example you both love and own Labrador Retrievers and it came up a lot during the interview. Place that information into the email as well, so when they read it they will suddenly put a face to the interview and remember who you were.

Just remember, sending a quick thank you will always help!

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Elyssa Duncan

Hi @Angela Rockey, I replied to your other post regarding this. Please take a look, thanks!

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Lawrence White

That's odd @Earlom Cole . Is this job a "floater" role? What company/job are you interested in? Did you discover this during the job interview?

You can find similar local job options on our #hiringnews topic page if you're still looking for better job opportunities. Take a look and connect right back with us if you have any questions. Thanks

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Bobbi Adams Moore
2 months ago

Etiquette of being contacted by a recruiter instead of the actual company should be? #advice #jobsearch #followup #jobhunt

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Tatiana Lucas
over 6 months ago

Just Applied to McDonald’s

I pray that I get a call back and they say can you come in for a interview.

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Nelson Mullins
3 months ago

Any one who experience having the first interview then hang or still waiting for the second interview?

Good job on a successful job interview! It’s finally over—you can now breathe a sigh of relief after what felt like years of preparing for it. But what happens next? It’s been over a week and you haven’t heard from the company, even after sending your thank-you letter and first follow-up email. Should you just keep waiting for the company’s phone call? Generally, what you do after the interview is as important as what you do during it. You might either earn or lose the job offer. In this case, you should send a second follow-up email.

When Should You Send a Second Follow-Up Email after an Interview?

You can send your first follow-up email after five business days from the date you were interviewed. However, if they gave you an expected date for feedback yet you haven’t received any, you could follow up after one business day from the expected date. This is to give them ample time to go with their hiring process and for you to avoid sounding frantic. Remember, you’re sending a follow-up email to hear an update and not to pressure them to hire you.

However, if you still haven’t received a response after a week from the date you sent your first email, you can proceed with sending your second follow-up email. Still, make sure not to sound pushy. Employers are after passionate and committed applicants, not desperate ones. So sending it too early is most likely a bad idea. Instead of writing a follow-up email right after the interview, it’s better to send a thank-you email.

Tips in Writing an Effective Second Follow-Up Email

When you compose an email, you need to include parts of a formal email however short and direct, and use the follow-up email format. Plus, make sure that your subject line is striking enough to interest recruiters. Another thing—don’t forget to write the job title you’re applying for and the date you were interviewed to avoid confusion.

Aside from that, here are some more tips on how to write a follow-up email that is guaranteed a response.

Reiterate your interest for the job. After patiently waiting for more than a week, be sure to tell them that you’ve been thinking about the position. Let them know that you’re still excited and enthusiastic about getting the job. However, make sure that you don’t sound arrogant. Write your follow-up in a very polite manner.

Tell them why you’re a good fit for the post. In your second follow-up email, it’s a given that you explain why you would be an asset to the company and a perfect fit for the job. After all, there’s no harm in reminding your interviewer the types of skills you can bring to the table and how you can bring a positive impact. It won’t be a new information, but it’s worth emphasizing.

Show off an accomplishment (if applicable) This isn’t always possible, but in certain situations such as when you forgot to mention qualifications related to the job during the interview or you may have a recent accomplishment happened in between the interview and the waiting period. For example, if you’ve worked in PR and made significant impact to your company’s success, you can tell the story behind it and how you did it. Similarly, you can mention a time such as when you organized an event that went off without a hitch. These stories will add to your credibility and will increase your chances of getting hired.

Ask about the next steps. The most important part of a second follow-up email is to find out the next thing you should do. While reaching out, you cannot speed up the process. The goal is to get information so you are in the loop. Great recruiters will be transparent with you about the process and timeline. They will also let you know if they need additional information from you.

Know when it’s time to quit and not “stalk.” Things get busy and this doesn’t always happen. But if you’ve made follow-ups a few times over the course of a month or two and have since heard nothing, it’s time to back off. Try not to get disheartened–it is part of the reality with job searches. Take your energy and experience and bring them to the next company you’re excited about. Don’t let it stop your job search. #wordsofadvice #application #followup #tips

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Janice Reed

This is all excellent advice, Nelson! I'm so glad you're here to help the community learn more about interviewing. Cant wait to see your next post!

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