Take time to learn these basic guidelines to make it effective, professional and respectful of the person's busy schedule.
- Keep it short (30 seconds or less).
- Deliver only your name, reason for calling, the best times to reach you, and your phone number.
- Show some understanding of how busy your contact is--it will increase your chances for a return call.
- Choose a brief description of yourself that will pique your contact's interest.
- Never leave a message indicating that you are job seeking and expect a callback.
- If you leave a cell phone number, be aware that you may be receiving professional calls on your cell phone and answer accordingly.
- Be sure your voice mail message on your phone is appropriate for a networking contact or potential employer to hear.