Pick up the phone to pick up that job

Introduce yourself and separate your job application from the pack

Ah, relief – you’ve applied for that job you’ve been eyeing. Knowing your job application is one in a sea of many can be pretty daunting. So how do you make yours stand out?

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Whatever job you're applying for, it's a good idea to call the contact number to become top-of-mind for the hirer or to simply find out more info about the position. Here are some tips for acing that ice-breaking convo.

  1. Be confident

    Come into the call thinking positively. By treating it as an opportunity to learn more about the position, it becomes as much about your interest in the job as their interest in you. And remember, by taking the time to call you’re showing initiative that others might not, which is a major plus.

  2. Do your research

    Before calling, spend time reading up, talking to people in the know and getting a complete picture of the company and the position you’re applying for. Demonstrated knowledge of the details will likely impress.

  3. Prepare your part

    Eliminate awkwardness by scripting what you want to say, and make sure you practise your spiel a few times with a friend.

  4. Set yourself up

    Set up shop in a quiet space free of distractions and potential interruptions. Remember to check there’s adequate phone reception – you want the employer to remember you for the right reasons.

  5. Bring your manners

    Be polite and professional. Nerves can make us super chatty, so remember to breathe and give the employer ample time to speak. And whatever happens, remember to thank them for their time.

    The qualifications on your application already speak volumes. So pick up the phone and take a few minutes to chat with the your potential employer and ask some questions. By adding a human voice to it, your application will truly shine.