Looking for a job? Why you must have a great voicemail greeting.
Founder & Speech Pathologist
Why you must have a great professional voicemail greeting
Why is it ESSENTIAL for job seekers and professionals to have a great voicemail greeting?
Recruiters, potential employers, colleagues, clients and managers expect to hear a professional voicemail greeting when they call you.
I was recently giving a presentation to a group of students studying their Masters of Business Administration (MBA). I was talking to the students about how important it is to have a professional sounding, great voicemail greeting 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.
Key points to remember are:
- Not having your voicemail turned on can lose you an interview invitation.
- Having an unclear, unprofessional voicemail greeting can lose you an interview.
- An unclear, unprofessional voicemail greeting gives a poor impression to your colleagues, clients and managers.
Here’s your checklist for recording the best voicemail greeting:
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?