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Phoning about a job – speculative phone calls

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It may be time to develop some ‘cold calling’ skills. Frightened of phoning? Don’t let it stop you.

Phoning potential employers on the off-chance that they might offer you an interview, or read your CV, isn’t easy. But it can pay off – if you’re prepared to do some research.  

As you know, employers often fill vacancies without advertising. So, it can be well worth contacting them directly about any future employment opportunities. This is particularly true if you are applying for:

Here are some hints and tips to help you get started.  

Hints and tips

First, you need to do some research. We recommend our article on Researching companies and organisations.

Things to think about

When an employer is prepared to keep your CV on file remember to tailor it for their company.

Opening lines

Here are a few examples of ways to start your calls.

“Hello, my name is Amy McDonald. I’d like to speak to the person responsible for recruitment please.” 

“Good morning, my name’s Usman Anwar. I’m interested in finding out about your accounting apprenticeship programme. Who would be the best person to speak to?”

“Hello, I’d like to speak to the human resources manager please. My name’s Lewis Campbell, I recently sent in my CV and just want to check that it arrived safely.”

“Hello, Mrs Green? My name is Alison Turner. I’m looking for a Modern Apprenticeship in retailing and wondered if you might be recruiting in the near future.”

“Hello, can you put me through to Recruitment and Staff Development please?” “Hello, I wonder if you can help me. I’m about to leave school and I’m looking for an entry level job in administration. Are you recruiting at the moment?” “Can I send you my CV in case openings come up in the future?”

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