I encountered two more people recently who had very unprofessional or unclear voice mail messages. After bringing it to the attention of one of the people, I was told “well it took forever for me to get it right, so I’m not going to change it now.”
Again, it’s very important to set the tone with the right impression, especially for people who don’t know you already.
A colleague mentioned to me that one of his peers deletes any resumes that come into his mailbox from email addresses he does not recognize. This peer says unless a person is willing to take the time to come out and meet him first, he is not someone who is going to read “cold-calling emails.”
Something to keep in mind for your next job search – is email too impersonal? Maybe it’s time to consider going on an onsite visit to a job you may be interested in, and take a more personal approach.
But first – make sure you have a professional voicemail and email set up!