It’s out there on social, online, for the whole world to
see, but surprisingly only a handful of people call my direct phone number. If
only they knew how much difference a phone call can make!
“Hey, I just met you…”
I recently placed a candidate in his first professional job,
and it’s a fantastic role with a promising career. Having only just completed
his studies, with no industry experience, you can imagine the challenge for him
to get a foot in the door in the corporate sector, where graduates are
competing with experienced candidates, as well as each other, at this time of
“…and this is crazy”
Applying for a graduate position in Food Science when you’ve
studied Finance is daring. If this guy had simply responded to the role I had advertised,
his application probably wouldn’t have stood out amongst others that were a
closer to match to the ideal educational background and technical knowledge for
But he went a step further, introducing himself via email with
a note to follow-up on his application. No stalking required, I’m like a real
estate agent – my email address (and photograph) is all over our website,
LinkedIn, below this article – you get the picture. People aren’t hard to track
down these days. I responded by thanking him for the contact and letting him
know that I would be reviewing his application within the next few days.
“But here’s my number, so call me maybe.”
A couple of days later, this same candidate did in fact call
me; his phone manners, his attitude, his energy, were remarkable. Unfortunately
he hadn’t progressed to interview for the graduate job he applied for – it’s
disappointing for me too when a candidate with good potential is unsuccessful.
Nevertheless he politely thanked me for my time and asked me to keep him in
mind if anything else suitable should come up.
I did. And a couple of weeks later, when I was considering
suitable applicants for another graduate job with a different organisation, I thought
of him immediately. Why did I remember of him? Not for his resume, even though I
had thoroughly screened it. It was the phone call.
Long story short… the candidate was successful, started work
last month, loves his new job and the company I placed him with agrees he has a
So my advice, when you see a phone number on a job add, take
the opportunity to stand out and grab the phone. Introduce yourself with
enthusiasm and energy and most importantly have a smart question to ask. Maybe
that’s not so crazy, after all.