job-hunters appear as professional as they do when
they are at their jobs. If you were a VP/Sales, would you let
a letter go
out on computer-generated letterhead, let a potential customer get a
signal (or repeated busy signals), or take all of your incoming phone
a cell phone that crackles and hisses?
Many, and probably
most, job-hunters do just this.
Particularly when unemployed, job-hunters do everything they can to
and this works to their detriment. They have only one phone
line which is
constantly tied up on the internet, or busy from a teenage daughter, so
never get through. Their main line is busy, so they take
on their cell phones, which usually have poor
Spend a little money at the corner printer and
letterhead printed. Have them use paper that is at least 25%
at least 24 pounds, and has a watermark.
For a really fine
look, use Crane Crest 100% cotton (You've seen Crane's quality
- they also
make the dollar bill paper for the U.S. Treasury). The extra
Get voice mail (available from your local phone
for about $6 a month) so people can leave messages when you're on the
(don't use call waiting, which is insulting to the person you're
hold). Your message needs to state your name rather than
repeat the phone number or say, "No one is available to take your call
right now." I never know if I'm calling the right person when
get a voice mail greeting like this, and rarely leave
when I end up with an anonymous voice mail.
Get a second phone line installed if you have a
internet connection, so your main line won't be constantly
You can get a free, dedicated fax line which
your faxes to you via email at www.efax.com.
These things aren't
really that costly, and may stop the
person on the other end of the line from moving you to that call later
which he never gets to. You may feel that you're unemployed,
and can't afford this, but you are working on a $500,000+ project (you
earn at least $500,000 over the years on your next job), so you must
money to get there.