How Do You Want Someone to Contact You?

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

The job market, by definition, is competitive. You compete with people for interviews. You compete with people to get their attention. By the time you are hired, you have fought off many challenges. Many more than you will ever be told about.

So why don’t you put a telephone number on your resume?

You don’t want to receive a call at work? OK.

How about one at home? No, huh.

How do you expect someone to evaluate whether you are worth interviewing? By your resume alone?

How do you expect the interview to be coordinated between the various parties? Oh, you are available at 12.15 for 30 minutes.

No phone number. No interview. It is as simple as that. Figure out a way to let people contact you and then stick with it.

Personally, when I worked in search, and we had a young child at home, I didn’t work 24×7. I rarely made evening calls to screen someone. I save those for scheduling interviews, debriefing interviews, and presenting job offers.

Maybe you’ll find a beginner who will call at night . . . but then you’ll complain about the poor service you receive.

And it all started off with not putting your number on the resume.


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2007, 2014, 2021 



Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes.

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