Looking for a job? Why you must have a great voicemail greeting.
Georgie Taylor, Speech Pathologist
Why you must have a great voicemail greeting.
Why is it ESSENTIAL for job seekers to have a professional great voicemail greeting?
I was recently giving a presentation to a group of students studying their Masters of Business Administration (MBA). I was talking about how important a professional sounding great voicemail greeting is when another presenter who was a recruiter from a large global company put up her hand to add to my comments.
She wanted to highlight to students the importance of having a professional great voicemail greeting. When she calls candidates to arrange phone or face-to-face interviews if the person does not have voicemail she assumes that they are not suitable for the position because they are wasting her time by not providing the opportunity to leave a message. Do they expect her to keep calling until they are able to pick up the phone? She doesn’t have time for that.
She also said that when she hears an unclear or unprofessional message it impacts on her decision to employ or not employ that person.
Make sure you do the following:
- If you don’t have your voicemail activated – activate it … now!
- If you are using the default message – practise and record your own greeting.
- If you have a great voicemail greeting already recorded – listen to it again, perhaps it could do with a refresh. Listen to the sounds you make – have you pronounced the word endings correctly? Are your vowel sounds pronounced correctly? Are you using the correct word stress? Have you used the correct grammar?
- Watch the video below.
Suggested Great Voicemail Greeting Script:
Hello, you’ve called (name). I’m unable to answer the phone at the moment. Please leave a message and I’ll return your call as soon as possible. Thank you.
Example of great voicemail greeting:
Thanks. I look forward to helping you speak English with excellent pronunciation. Make sure you take action today and get started on your great voicemail greeting today, it really does make a huge difference.
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