Fed Up Being Unemployed

Okay let’s start with the premise that you’re fed up. I mean you’ve grown so frustrated with trying to get a meaningful job that pays well that it’s left you confused on how to succeed and bitter. It seems no matter what you tried in the past, no matter who you applied to for a job, in the end the result was the same; you’re not wanted.

Seems to me that hearing the message, “Just keep trying” rings kind of hollow. How many times can you be expected to keep at it hoping for a better result? So you give up. Then after having packed it in you start feeling that it’s worth it to try again. Why? Usually it’s because the life you’ve got at the moment isn’t the one you want for yourself; you deserve better and you’re motivated to try again until you ultimately succeed or you give up once more.

Maybe you’d be open to hearing a few words of encouragement? If so, I’d like to offer you some. I suppose the first thing I’d like to say is that it is a good sign that you aren’t content to keep living the way your are now. That feeling that you want more is the seed of Hope that’s buried deep in your core. ‘Hope’ my dear reader, is at the core of so many people’s thoughts who push off from some known shore for the great journey’s they embark on. Hope is what causes them to leave the safe and known for the uncertainty and yet-to-be discovered.

Now keeping with that image of some adventurer embarking on a journey; the early stages of a journey involve traveling through the norm. The sailor who sets to some unknown land far away first has to get beyond the waters that are well chartered. The hiker deviating from some known path had to first hike what they knew to get to the point where they chose something previously passed up on.

It’s the same with you and your job search. You rely on what you know when it comes to looking for a job until you come across some better way of going about it. This makes absolute sense. However, just like the hiker and the explorer decided at some point to do something they’d never before done, it also stands to reason that you should do something you’ve never done if you expect the results to be more satisfying than you’ve experienced. Going about looking for a meaningful job the way you’ve gone about it in the past is likely to end with similar results; results you don’t want to experience again.

It’s important to realize that you’re not at fault or to blame for going about things the way you are; even if you later realize a number of mistakes you are made. After all, until someone introduces a better way, a more effective way of getting you where you want to be, the only way you’d have succeeded entirely on your own is through trial and error, until you lucked out on whatever works. That seems pretty high risk and could take a long time.

So it seems like you have a choice to make; do things the way you’ve always done them assuming this is how everybody goes about looking for work or, open yourself up to getting help and direction from someone who knows a better way. That ‘better way’ by the way, is likely going to involve some effort on your part in two ways. One, you have to pause long enough to be open to learning the new way and two you have to be willing to give it a shot and carry out what you learn.

Keep something in mind will you? When you’re learning something new you will likely feel the urge to just get going and apply, apply, apply! But throwing your résumé around everywhere hasn’t worked to this point has it? Pausing to learn, being taught something new isn’t  everybody’s idea of a good time. You might be the kind of person that finds sitting down and being taught how to go about looking for work in 2017 is really pushing your limits. Do it anyhow. Seriously; you want a different result don’t you? Sure you do. This is the price you pay for success.

Look you deserve a decent job. You probably aren’t going to end up running some major corporation or discovering the cure for Cancer. That you want to improve your lot in Life however, do something you find personally meaningful and make a future that’s better than the present is commendable. And if I may add, you’re worth it; we all are.

You should seriously think then about reaching out for help. Where to start though? Check in with just about any Social Services organization in your local community. If you’re not in the right place, a few phone calls will likely get you pointed in the right direction. Best news is that the help you need is likely free. Sit down with open ears and a good attitude and do something you haven’t done yet; give yourself over to their expertise. If it works, great. If the chemistry doesn’t work, try someone else.

When you decide to improve things and then act, you’re already becoming the successful person you envision.



Ask The Right Questions Or Don’t

I am privileged as an Employment Counsellor to engage in meaningful conversations with people looking for employment. If you listened in on these, you’d hear me pose a number of questions and with each answer a clearer picture of the person would be revealed.

The trap someone in my place can easily fall into is to size up the job seeker in a few moments based on all the previous job seekers one’s worked with and miss what makes this person unique. The questions I ask and especially the ones I might not, can and do make all the difference in helping that one person find the right match; what they’re really after.

For example ask the question, “So what job are you looking for?”, and I’m likely to get a simple job title. “Personal Support Worker”. This reply is correct, definitive and tells me nothing of the person themselves. If I worked in an environment where success was based solely on churning out resumes and getting people to apply for jobs measured my performance, this would be the fastest way to carry out that goal. However, that seems backwards measuring my success rather than the job seekers based on quantity and not quality.

There’s better questions to ask of someone looking for work; questions which are far more effective at assisting someone to find and keep employment. Better questions that get at the person themselves and their motivation for work.

When I ask, “So what do you want out of your next job?”, one will glibly state, “A pay cheque.” Another will say, “I want to find meaning in what I do”, or, “I want a job where I can make a difference; where I can really help others.” So of the two answers, which person would you rather have caring for you as a Personal Support Worker? I’ll opt for the person who is motivated by their wish to make a difference in the lives they’ll touch over the person working for a pay cheque.

Another good question I like to pose is, “Tell me about that job; what would you actually do?” I ask this question whether I have a really solid understanding of the daily functions of the role or not. This question is really designed to give me information on what the job entails from their perspective and how well that matches up with what employer’s set out as the responsibilities and job functions. Working in a Veterinary Clinic for example sounds appealing to those who like animals but many aren’t ready to keep their opinions and values to themselves when an owner comes to an agonizing decision to put down their beloved pet. It’s not all cuddling and grooming.

As I listen to someone describe the job they are after, I also focus my attention on not only the actual words they use but whether there is any passion or genuine love for the work described. This is most often revealed through a smile on the face, a softening of the eyes, a change in the pace of their words and some varying of the tone in their voice. Do they show and demonstrate some enthusiasm and excitement at the prospect of doing this job or not? Some speak very matter-of-factly about their work of course and for many that’s exactly what it is; work.

Perhaps you’ve heard that expression, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”? Well, even the most ardent worker who loves their job with all they’ve got will tell you they still make a significant investment in their time working to improve their productivity, working to keep their high standard of performance or working to keep up with best practices. Stop working at being your best and you rot. So if we all ‘work’ at work, why isn’t the experience of work the same for everyone?

Simply put, it’s what we put in and what we get out of it; investment and return. The best athletes aren’t just naturally gifted, they invest countless hours training, improving, working on elevating their performance to be the best they can be. The brightest often experiment and when they don’t succeed they embrace that failure and learn from what didn’t work to discover what will. So when I ask, “What are willing to put into the job?”, if they answer with the question, “You mean overtime?” that tells me volumes.

Here’s what I think about, “overtime”. I find that a person I work with will often end up over time securing a job which differs from the one they originally identified to me because having got to know them better, together we’ve found a better fit. In other words, with some question and answers, they’ve discovered that finding satisfying and fulfilling work is more than just finding a job.

If you believe that in this economy this kind of thinking is a luxury and one can only hope for a job and a pay cheque, you are entitled to that opinion. There are professionals who will gladly take your money and your time while mass producing your resumes.

As an alternative, let’s ask some probing questions; get to the heart of what makes you unique and find where you’ll truly live that passion that seems so elusive.

I’d love to hear your own thoughts on this. Please comment and share.


Behavioural Change Brought On With Unemployment

I feel a lot of empathy for you if you’re unemployed and really motivated to find work. Having had times in my life when I’ve been out of work I know personally the ups and downs of job searching with little success until that moment of euphoria comes when you hear the words, “We’re offering you a position”.

The interesting thing about being unemployed is that it’s both the lack of employment and the lack of income that while related, force us to make changes in behaviour; to do things differently than we’ve done. It’s these changes in behaviour that elevate our stress levels. Understanding this can and does help immensely.

For starters, very few people actually look for employment when they are employed. If you are the exception, I’ll still bet you don’t go about looking for another job with the same level of intensity that you would were you entirely out of work. After all, your motivation for wanting a different job than the one you have at the moment is more for personal satisfaction or happiness, wanting to accelerate your career or to build on your current income. The work you do in your current job provides some level of income however, and so if you feel tired when you can finally turn to looking for work, you feel no hesitation to put off seriously looking for another day without guilt. There is much less urgency.

When you’re out of work completely, things change out of necessity. Suddenly you find yourself having no choice but to engage skills that might be rusty or completely foreign to you. Writing cover letters, thank you notes, lining up references, networking for leads, composing resumes, marketing yourself. You may not have had to do these things for a while and you might not find these things pleasant, so you haven’t invested any real-time in keeping up with latest trends in job searching or what employers want.

Secondly there’s the change in income or rather your change in behaviour that has to happen when your income changes. You can either keep spending like you’ve been used to and you’ll increase your personal debt, or you have to cut back and save where you can. Saving money and spending only what you have to is a change in behaviour that can add to your stress. Maybe you drop the social dinners out on Friday nights, start clipping coupons, drop the 3 coffees a day at your local café and only use the car when it’s necessary to save on fuel.

These two changes regarding your spending and having to engage in job search activities are both necessary and both things you’d typically like to avoid having to do. Here then is the reason for the stress; unwanted but necessary activity you begin to engage in.

While I acknowledge that we are unique in many ways, it is also fair to say that in many ways, most of us share similar feelings when out of work. We might feel embarrassment, shame, a lack of pride etc. and want to keep our unemployed status from friends and extended family. If we could only get a new job in a week or so we could then tell people that we’ve changed jobs. We do this of course because we want to save face, protect our ego, avoid worrying over what others might think of us and wanting to keep our relationships as they are. We worry they might re-evaluate us, think poorer of us, maybe even disassociate themselves from us. Ironic then that while worrying about possibly being disassociated with us many unemployed isolate themselves from social contact.

But I get it. When you’re unexpectedly out of work, you have really two options; get job searching immediately with intensity or give yourself a reasonable period in the form of a mental health break. This time might be good for grieving the loss of your job, venting the anger and bitterness until you can focus better on looking forward not back. You don’t want a trigger of some sort to suddenly have you spewing out venom towards a previous employer in a job interview after all.

When you’re ready to focus on looking for a new role, ask yourself as objectively as you can if you have the necessary skills to job search successfully. You might be good in your field of work, but are you as highly skilled as you need to be in marketing yourself? How are your interview skills ? Are you in uncharted waters or have you kept your résumé up-to-date?

I understand that job searching ranks pretty low on most people’s list of enjoyable activities. It’s understandable then that if you too don’t love job searching, you’ve done little to invest any time or money in honing your skills in this area. Suddenly of course, you hope the skills you do have will see you through.

You’re in a period of transition and you’ll feel a range of emotions. You’ll get frustrated, maybe even educated on how things have changed since you last looked for a job. You’ll feel demoralized perhaps and hopefully encouraged at times too. It’s the broad swings of emotions, raw and real that can catch you unprepared. These are normal when you are forced to deal with change out of necessity.




Job Searching And Moving Back In With Mom And Dad

Just a generation ago, young people grew up in their parents homes, then around their early 20’s left for University, College or jobs and never looked back. They stayed in dorms, frat houses and then rented apartments; maybe shared that rent with someone, then were into the housing market themselves and only returned to their parents places for the holidays and infrequent visits. They had of course their own homes that needed maintaining.

Now where these young adults lived often defined the geographic boundaries in which they could feasibly work. If they chose the big cities with transit options they didn’t need the luxury or the expense of owning a vehicle. If they lived in suburban or rural communities, a car was a necessity and how reliable and cost-efficient it was or wasn’t to operate defined the distance they could go to and from work from home.

Now however in this generation, home ownership is less and less an option for many young people. Whereas in the past the young person moving back in with their parents was in some cases viewed as, ‘a poor thing’ or somehow weak, today such a move has become more understandable and as a result acceptable. Living with mom and dad has its pros and cons like anything else, but hopefully the one pro going for anyone returning home is the ability to save more in rental charges than the general housing market would demand.

Buying your first home in large cities is getting harder and harder to do. In Toronto the typical price of a home is now $720,000.00 and new rules that went into effect recently mean a buyer has to have more of a substantial down payment than previously; the two factors combining are keeping many unable to get that first starter home. There’s an impact on mom and dad too in such scenarios as with adult children in the home, they themselves might not be able to put their own homes on the market and downsize.

So what’s this got to do with jobs? For starters, mom and dad might be living in an area that makes sense for them but not so much for the children they now have back living with them. That house in the country or smaller neighbouring town might work for them but not for the person living inside whose work demands they get into the downtown core. Suddenly living at home to save up the money to use as a down payment is going in part to a transit pass and the trip alone is 3 hours round trip. You can imagine how that commute and living with ones parents is impacting on one’s frame of mind.

Looking for work is a rollercoaster of ups and downs, high stress brought on by hopeful expectations and lack of success, then opportunities arising yet again. Although they mean well, you’ve got parents constantly asking how things are progressing, and if they don’t ask, they wonder all the same and you wonder why they aren’t taking an interest and asking – even though you’ve got little positives to share. Sound familiar?

Of course there are perks. There’s the family car you might have access to, more meals prepared or laundry done perhaps. There’s less isolation and you’re less likely to have to foot all the same bills you would if you were out on your own. So you save on utilities such as cable, hydro and water, presumably lower rent, ma and pa might even spring for dinner out and in return you’re expected to be socking whatever money you can away – if you’re working.

If you’re out of work, where’s the money coming from that you’re supposedly saving? That is a problem. So you’re expected to be out on the prowl looking for work, but how mom and dad job searched all those years ago has changed. They might see you cloistered away in the basement on that computer of yours and wonder why you’re not out pounding the pavement and knocking on doors, but that’s not how today’s job market works is it? It’s now about applying on-line, using social media and specifically targeting each and every resume instead of that one-size-fits-all one that was so well-used in the 1980’s.

Oh and if mom or dad are retired or work out of the house? Oh then they’re there all day long and you feel their gaze constantly on you as you stand in your jammies at 10:30 a.m. looking for something in the fridge for 3 minutes ultimately unsuccessful there too. They’re not really watching you like a hawk, but you feel that pressure just the same.

Now some adults living at home get out of the house when job searching just to – well – get out of the house! Maybe a library, maybe a resource centre for the unemployed, maybe even a coffee shop with wi-fi where for a couple of coffees one can sit undisturbed with strangers who could care less what you’re doing on your laptop for a few hours.

Of course it’s tough on parents too, wanting their adult children to be successful not only in finding a job but in being out on their own – which they equate with them finding their happiness. Ultimately that’s what all involved want isn’t it? Happiness. Job searching and living at home with ma and pa; for many folks it’s now the norm.


Job Search On A Sunday? Maybe, Maybe Not

I’m sure you’ve heard at least one person say that looking for a job is a full-time job itself. Even those who have full-time jobs have time off however, so what about the folks who are unemployed or who are so dissatisfied with their current work they are looking to make a move? Should they or shouldn’t they take time off say, on a Sunday; a traditional day of rest?

Increasingly in our modern societies we look at work differently than we did in years past. For many years many worked Monday through Friday and the weekend was the traditional time off for rest and relaxation. You’d, ‘earned’ your two days off, and ‘off’ meant doing whatever you wanted with your time; household chores, hobbies and socializing, spending time with family and friends.

As I say though, we look at things differently now. Shopping isn’t reserved for Monday through Saturday anymore; Sunday is a day like many others, perhaps with shorter hours, but as there’s money to be made, there are merchants with their open signs turned to the public. More people are working through the weekends anyhow and having their time off on weekdays, or working 6 days or more straight for say, 4 days off in a row. The traditional Monday – Friday 9-5 is dwindling away; morphing to meet the needs of non-traditional employers and responding to employee preferences in the process.

So when you’re looking for work, do you or don’t you give yourself permission to drop your job searching? Speaking personally, I think that while this is a decision best left to individuals themselves, I tend to come down on the side of those who say yes, take the day off.

Just like your laptop or phone, you need time to recharge. Unlike your laptop or phone however, you can’t recharge while you’re plugged in at the same time. Rest and relaxation, (R&R) is your down time; valuable time to give that work/life balance thing some needed attention. If you’re a family person, there are people who want some of your undivided attention. If you’re single and don’t have family or friends in abundance, you still need some down time to do whatever it is you find pleasure in; work, and looking for it, doesn’t qualify.

Now sure you might be thinking to yourself that looking for work when your competition is taking time off from their job search is the exact advantage you need to be successful. There is that possibility of course that you do see a job to apply to on some website that gives you a days advantage over others, I admit. However, I’ve yet to see the job posting that’s up for only a day and then yanked off a website the next. Employers want a healthy competition and good candidates from which to choose so it’s highly unlikely you’ll miss a job on a Sunday that is gone on Monday never to reappear.

The other argument for job searching on a traditional day off is that there’s a distinct change in mood when you’re looking for work on these days vs. traditional work days. So Monday to Friday you might job search better in the home office dressed in your business casual to simulate the work atmosphere, and on Sunday afternoon you’re perusing the web from your patio under the gazebo in your shorts and t-shirt. Kicking back with your favourite drink, the weekend edition of the local paper and editing your resume on and off might work for you; who’s to say?

Consider this though: while you might have the energy to go 6 days of job searching and then have remaining reserves and motivation to add Sunday to the mix, will you feel the same way after the following Monday to Friday? An additional 5 days more of job searching? By the time you hit Tuesday of the following week, your constant focus on looking for a job or indeed a better job might have your energy meter desperately low. And the more you sit forcing yourself to job search with low energy, the easier it will be to feel distracted, disinterested and then what follows is the guilt as you know you’re dogging it.

The good thing about days off and away from what you normally do throughout the week is perspective; variety. Fix that squeaky door or floorboard, paint the garage doors or caulk the backsplash in the kitchen and you’ll feel good about having accomplished something practical. Your to-do list gets a much-needed check mark and your ego gets a pat on the back; that voice on your shoulder reminding you of all the things you aren’t doing but need to, gets a little quieter.

Turn your attention to other things and when you do come back to looking for work, you can do so with more enthusiasm, more energy, more focus. Ironically, here I sit Sunday morning and at this stage of the blog it’s 5:46 a.m.! Following my own advice? Hmm… Ah but I’m enjoying this ‘me’ time. It’s not an obligation and it’s a dedicated time piece; it will conclude before 6:00a.m. leaving me the day to do other things – and I plan to.

Do what and as you wish, but if you need or want a voice to say, “Take the day off; you deserve it” – here I am saying it.

Sunday…your day…recharge, re-energize, re-focus. Monday will come soon enough so enjoy it.

Being Ready For Employer Phone Calls

When you’re submitting job applications in an effort to secure work, the likelihood that you’re going to receive phone calls from employers rises with the quantity of applications you’ve got out there. So I find it surprising to find so many job applicants get caught off guard and unprepared for those calls.

One of the things that impresses me every time is when I call a job seeker and find they have a pen and paper handy to write down any important information I want them to note. While I’m not calling them with the date and time of an interview for a job, this is exactly what an employer may do. The act of being prepared ahead of time in just such an event demonstrates to the caller that you are organized and have the ability to anticipate and prepare for just such an occasion.

I suppose the only thing that is worse than not having a pen and paper ready to take down some vital information when an employer calls is when you initiate the call yourself and then have to scramble for a pen and paper. Remember too that if you are carrying the phone with you in a frantic search for these items, every word you say and all the background noises can be heard too. All of these background noises and the length of time it takes you to find these things are individual bits of information that the caller is receiving and processing as they form an impression of you.

Now while some people would rather talk over a telephone than in person with someone from a company they’ve applied to, there are others who just don’t like it at all. Not surprising of course, as we all have our individual preferences. Whether you do or don’t enjoy phone conversations however, if they call you up, you’re going to have to get involved in them.

One of the best things you can do to ensure that the phone call goes well is to take control of the environment and what you have at hand long before the possibility of having an employer calls you. Like so many different aspects of job searching however, there are those who plan in advance and those who wing it on the fly – sometimes failing miserably to come off the way they want, losing their chance at landing the job in the end.

One suggestion I have is to look around your place and pick out the space you are going to feel most comfortable should they call. Let’s suppose it’s not going to be a quick 20 second phone call but a preliminary interview screening call, lasting up to 10 minutes where they’ll ask you a number of questions before determining whether or not to invite you in for a personal conversation. Look around; where would you like to be when that call comes?

For many people, sitting down at a table where you have everything you might need in front of you to bolster your confidence and reference your resume if you need to is a great idea. So knowing this, putting your resume in a folder you can quickly grab is excellent advanced thinking. While you’re at it, a copy of your cover letters is a good idea and to each one of these you can attach the relevant job posting. If you do this ahead of time and keep this folder in the same location at all times, when the phone rings you can rest assured that you’ll know exactly where this vital item is.

Of course if all your information is stored electronically on a laptop or other device, you’ll want it accessible, fully charged and hopefully you’ve organized your documents in such a way that they are easily retrievable. After all, you want to give the caller your full attention and respond accordingly.

Back to your surroundings for a minute. If you live alone you have 100% control over background noise. Pause the music, mute the television etc. before picking up the phone. If you live with others, have a conservation about the importance of incoming calls and get some cooperation from them in respecting your need for quiet during the call. If you have a private room you can retreat to quickly to take such calls the better. Just like practicing a fire drill makes things easier when it goes off for real, practicing when the phone rings is a good idea too, especially with young children.

By the way, as obvious as it is, callers can’t see you unless you’re in a video call. Take advantage of this and make some cheat sheets. Write down 4 or 5 strengths you have that relate to the job. Highlight the job posting requirements. Maybe even go so far as to have prepared 3 or 4 questions you’d like to ask. Having these items at the ready and available to you within seconds of realizing who is calling goes a long way to bolstering your confidence and improving the odds that this confidence will come across on the other end of the phone.

Oh and if you are walking around with your cell phone, know in advance if you typically have dead zones in the house and avoid them.

Being ready in advance for employer’s phone calls reduces or eliminates the anxiety of being caught off guard and unprepared. So relax my friend, you can do this.


It’s About What Happens When They Call You

In my role as an Employment Counsellor, I phone a lot of people. If I’m fortunate, I usually get through and am able to communicate with whomever I’m calling. However, I also hope that I get the opportunity to hear what happens when they don’t pick up the phone and I want to leave a message.

As soon as I realize the person I’m attempting to reach isn’t going to pick up the phone, I imagine myself as a prospective employer attempting to reach a job applicant for the purpose of having them in for a job interview for some position they’ve applied to. And so, with every ring I hear at my end, I wait with anticipation to hear what happens. Having to leave a message is a key way to gather information which can help me assist those I serve.

A basic truth we all know is you’re going to miss calls. Let me share some poor experiences I’ve had:

  1. The phone just rings without end. These days, having some way to leave a message is no longer just a good idea, it’s a critical necessity. If an employer can’t leave messages you can’t know the calls you’ve missed. They have too many other qualified applicants to choose from these days and will move on so no don’t expect they’ll just keep calling until you actually pick up the phone.

2. The automated voice recording says, “You have reached (dead air). Please leave your message.” Like an employer, I may be calling with confidential information that is meant solely for you. If you find people aren’t leaving you messages, it could well be that callers don’t want to leave messages that could be heard by people they aren’t intended for which would compromise your confidentiality. To protect you, some callers will just hang up and try again later; maybe. Identify yourself so callers are certain they’ve dialed the right number.

3. A child’s voice; or multiple children are heard on the recording, each identifying themselves while being coached in the background by you. If you’re going for the cute factor here, please stop. You’re actually raising a concern about your professionalism and possible childcare or absentee issues with every voice that comes on the phone.

4. 25 seconds of your favourite music. When people call you, it’s to leave you a message; and in the case of an employer, time is important. Your decision to force callers to listen to music first does more than reveal your musical preferences, it just annoys people.  Please stop.

5. “Hey y’all, you know what to do.”  Leave a message like this and you could be wondering why the messages you go to listen to are just clicks. There’s nothing wrong with the answering device, that’s the sound of callers hanging up who are sending you the message, “Yes I do know what to do. I’m hanging up.” Again, no identification and no professionalism.

So what’s the worst example I ever heard? A woman I worked with once was bright, intelligent, took the advice I gave her to heart and improved her resume, cover letter and interview skills. She wasn’t getting anywhere though. It was a head-scratcher. One day I called her and she didn’t pick up as she had always done previously. This is what I heard as her greeting in a sultry voice: “Hi, I’m not home as you can tell, so leave a message or go to ____” (and then the beep was heard to signal a message could be left). What was she thinking? She changed it the same day. In less than one week she got messages which led to interviews and she was hired and no longer unemployed in less than a month.

“Hello you’ve reached (your name). I’m sorry I missed you. Please leave your name, number and a brief message and I’ll return your call as soon as possible. Thanks for calling.”

The above is a professional, tight message that says everything a caller needs to hear. It identifies yourself, indicates your regret at not being there live, invites them to leave their contact info and the purpose of their call, indicates your response will be quick and finally extends appreciation for the contact.

In addition to the words above, smile as you leave your message. When you smile, it will add a little life to your voice; a little enthusiasm. The tone of your voice is going to reveal a little bit of your mood and attitude so go for a positive impression.

If you have privacy concerns, you may not want your name revealed to unwanted callers but still want to come across professionally to legitimate callers. Okay so leave your number instead of your name in the above example as an option.

Finally, please make sure callers can leave messages for you. Having a full inbox or not setting it up in the first place makes it impossible to reach you and then what’s the point of having a phone number on your resumes?

It really is about what happens when they, the potential employers call you and it’s not only employers. It could be someone who you’d like to stand as your reference, it might be someone who has been referred to you by someone in your network and it could be any number of other people who are important to getting a job.

May your phone start to ring!