Your Voice Mail Message and The Choice You May Have to Make

Your Voicemail Message and The Choice You May Have to Make | JobSearchTV.com

There’s a story making the rounds on TikTok about how a voicemail message cost a young woman interviews. You may have to make a conscious decision about your voicemail, too.

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There’s a story making the rounds on TikTok about a 19 year old woman who had a voicemail that caused her to be rejected for jobs. I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I’m a career and leadership coach. I’m just going to tell you the story and offer you the choice of how you want to handle it if this is you.

 

Now, the woman has a very cheerful message. “What’s up? What’s up? What’s up,” she sings at the beginning of her voicemail, and she tells them, “it’s your girl Nya, I’m back with another banking banger. Leave your number. Yeah, and all that. Yeah.” And she’s upbeat and enthusiastic and, understand, she’s 19 and applying for a job at a supermarket. So like, what’s the big deal. But let’s go further.

 

There’s a message that’s left for her by someone who I interpret as trying to be considerate. And they’re not going to hire her but she works at one of the supermarkets that this person is applied to. And they basically give the adult response. If you’re going to apply for a job, you should have a more appropriate voicemail than what you’ve left here.

 

Now, let’s go to the conclusion I want you to make. Now for her, she probably wouldn’t have been happy in this job. And she didn’t get the interview, didn’t get the opportunity, the decision was made for her. For you. You want to be conscious about the decision that you make about your voicemail if you have one that’s personalized, personal for you, that’s got this kind of an energy to it. You know, some people are not going to like it. Are you okay with that or is it more important for you to get the job at this stage in your life, and get some money?

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And again, I’m not telling you what to do, I want you to make the choice. So, every decision, every way we present ourselves in a job search has an impact. And, in this particular case, the young woman isn’t getting an interview for a job, she probably would have been miserable unless she had customer interaction. But no matter. The important point is, for you, if you have an a voicemail that shows some personality, are you willing to accept the consequences of that. And if you are, great! No judgement from  me. You’re making the choice. If you’re not willing to accept it, if you’re going to be critical of the other people that are involved, that’s your choice, and your voicemail is hurting you.

 

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Jeff 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 2100 episodes.

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