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Job Seekers: How is Your Phone Etiquette?

Phone Etiquette

Ring, ring, ring… It’s for you!

In a world of texting and email, phone etiquette has fallen by the wayside. Slang and casual conversation is okay with friends and family, but it doesn’t fly with employers or other professionals. If you want to be taken seriously you might want to examine your phone etiquette.

As one of the best employment agencies in Florida, we have a number of suggestions on how to communicate effectively on the phone when searching for a job. Enjoy!

Listen To Your Messages

It may be considered “old school”, but if someone took the time to leave you a voicemail, listen to it. It could be that the message contained all the information you need and you don’t need to call back. Along the same lines, we recommend not beginning the conversation with “You called me.” At most businesses there is not just one person making phone calls.

Identify Yourself

This seems straight forward, but you would be surprised by some of the calls we receive. Use your first and last name, please. “Hey, it’s John.” is not sufficient. Don’t assume that you are the only person calling in.

Be Professional

In order to make a good impression, we encourage you to speak as professionally as possible. In a business setting it should be “yes” not “yeah”, and try not to say “like” or “um” too much. Do your best to speak confidently as well.

Articulate Your Needs

Be clear about what you want. Avoid mumbling and speak up. Be wary of background noise and connection issues, like driving in the car with the windows down, speakerphone, Bluetooth, and other distractions. Stay focused out of respect for the caller.

Remember Your Manners

Being polite never goes out of style. A simple please and thank you goes a long way.


If you are looking for additional job seeker advice or need information regarding our staffing services, please visit our website or give us a call at (941)751-6262. Also be sure to follow us on social media, as we are very active on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. We look forward to sharing our knowledge with you. Happy Job Seeking!