Welcome to www.n-georgia.com Georgia DOL Job Search Handbook - Chapter 10 - Telephone Contacts - One of the best and easiest ways to make personal contact with potential employers is to cold call. The objective of a cold call is to get an interview.
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The secret of successful calling is to obtain the name of the hiring authority (not the personnel office) and ask to speak with him/her directly.

Your research and network may provide the name of the person who actually does the hiring. If it does not, your first encounter may be with a secretary or receptionist. Remember, many of them have the power to make or break your job search efforts. Their job is to screen calls.

If you are polite and ask for advice, you may just get through to the person with whom you need to speak. Ask for the name of the supervisor for the department in which you are seeking work.

Another tool that is used to screen calls is voice mail. While some people find it frustrating, it provides an opportunity to sell yourself because most employers listen to their voice mail. Leave more than a generic message. Use the voice mail to market your skills and interest in the company.
When you reach hiring authority or voice mail, use your personal business card to briefly state:
Bulletwho you are (and the name of the person who referred you, if applicable)
Bulletyour job objective
Bulletwhat you have to offer
It's important to practice your presentation so that you show no hesitation or uncertainty and come across in a confident, business-like manner. The more contacts you make, the better you will become.

Always ask if you can come for an interview, even if they say there are no immediate openings. Remember, if appropriate, send a PERSONAL BUSINESS CARD to all employers, even if they didn't grant you an interview. It may change their minds. The telephone log will help you maintain a record of all phone contacts. Remember...if the results are not favorable, you can always call back at a later date.
Suggested Responses to "No Openings "
BulletWhen may I call back? I'm very interested in working for your company.
BulletCould my skills be useful for other positions?
BulletDo you know of other companies similar to yours that may be interested in someone with my skills?
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