Entry: Job Search Solutions - continued Saturday, March 18



Tony has an excellent section on how to use the phone in your career search process. He offers specific scripts for nearly all situations. On page 78 he discusses whether to leave a voice mail. Long time readers will recall where I left an unscripted voice mail for a referred contact - and fumbled it. Then - when I went to delete and re-record, instead - my embarrasing message was saved. OUCH. And of course, I never ever heard from that contact.

Be prepared - have a script at the ready. Tony also recommends not leaving a voice message unless it is clear you are not going to get the person live.

Another point that I learned - keep notes and keep track of your calls and contacts. Seeking your next career is a ful time job - it's business. Keep a form at hand that keeps track of your calls and contacts. Include the date & time, the contacts name and phone/email. Where did you find this contact (or who gave you the persons name and how do you know that person). And of course, the results of the call - and next steps.

Like many, I started with yellow stickies and found myself in a situation where I could not keep track of my calls and contacts. I then put together a simple form and a note book. It makes sense and you will find it in Tony's book - well organized.

If you'd like to buy Tony Beshara' book - click on the link on the Jobstuff Bookshelf. And let me know what you think. Up next - how you can get my book for free.

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April 16, 2012   02:19 PM PDT
 
"Seeking your next career is a full-time job" - Gold.
Kingsley Tagbo
November 23, 2009   07:51 PM PST
 
Even a notebook is an outdated form of keeping track of contacts. I would recommend an electronic database instead.
Mark Taylor
August 20, 2008   02:29 AM PDT
 
Great Post, Thanks....

Mark Taylor,
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February 20, 2008   06:53 AM PST
 
The problem I have with using a phone for job searches is the cost involved. Have you considered what a huge phone bill may mean to someone without aregular source of income?

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