August 28, 2017

Video Tips

Record a Professional Voicemail Greeting

I want to talk to you about the greeting you record on your cell phone’s answering machine — I know it seems trivial, but it actually has an important impact on the first impression you make with prospective employers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been impressed by someone’s resume, phoned them to schedule an interview, only to be immediately turned off after hearing their dull, inappropriate, or unprofessional greeting. This is a super easy way to really impress someone, so let’s get it right.

First off…ditch the music, swearing, slang, and jokes…just keep it short, upbeat and inviting. Your tone is everything so make sure you pronunciate your words and use proper grammar. Always record a greeting..never the generic message that plays automatically if you forget to record one. This is your chance to start to build your brand.

To prove my point, pretend you’re a hiring manager and need to phone two applicants to schedule interviews. Neither one picks up their phone. This is what you hear. Applicant one’s message: Hey whaz up..you know what to do. later. Applicant two’s message: Hi this is Jordie. I’m sorry I missed your call. Please leave a message and I’ll get right back to you. Thanks.

Which one leaves a better impression? I think you’ll agree that an upbeat energetic greeting that allows your personality to shine in a professional manner is the way to go.

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Don't Have a Plan B


Set your sites on the exact job you want and don’t have a Plan B…a fallback or safety job just in case you fail to get your first choice. I want you have one goal…one focus, and then go make it happen.
If you set out with a Plan B, you give yourself and out..an excuse and I believe subconsciously, you won’t work as hard to achieve the job you really want.

I was talking the other other day to an Army veteran named Marc about what he wanted to do for a career. He said he’d love to be a sales rep for a manufacturing company, but then he added, if he couldn’t get a hired in 30 days, he could always get his old job back as a bus boy.I told him that I am 100% certain that we run into each other a month from now, he’ll be a busboy.

Getting hired is not easy, but it’s so doable if you focus on the one job you want and don’t make failure a viable option. Set one goal and go for it with everything you have. There’s a famous military story about a general, who after landing in a hostile country, ordered his men to burn their ships, so that they would have to conquer the country or be killed. He knew the dangers of having a Plan B and I want you to have that same mentality with your job search.

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