Dirty Rotten Job Search tricks: Get past admin call screening

Oct 11 2012 in Featured, Job Search Strategy, reCareered Blog by Phil Rosenberg

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Throughout my articles, I strongly recommend speaking/meeting with people inside the employer (including the hiring manager). This allows you to gain superior information and learn what the hiring manager’s is really looking for.

Many times the people you want to reach are difficult to get to. The people you really want to reach are busy and may get hundreds of calls each day.

Of course there’s no way these folks can field all these calls, so they protect themselves with voice mail and admins … so they can actually do their job.

This doesn’t help candidates, who need to get information, but have to get past the frustration of first getting past admins acting as gatekeepers.

But there are some groups of experts you can learn from – Salespeople and recruiters, who build their careers on getting to managers and others within organizations to gain information.

Let’s examine 8 dirty rotten job search tricks to get past admin call screening:

  1. Call early: Call between 7:30 – 8:00. Many hiring managers get in early, to plan their day or catch up on email and voice mail messages. Their admins rarely get in as early, so your calls are less likely to be screened.
  2. Lunch: Hiring manager are much more likely to take lunch at their desks – admins are much less likely. Hiring managers may bring lunch back to their office a few times per week to get through emails and voice mails.
  3. Call late: Call after hours – Often 30 minutes hour after official office hours is an ideal time to reach hiring managers. Hiring managers are still likely to be at the office, while their admins have likely gone home.
  4. Weekends: This one’s hit or miss, but some hiring managers work some weekends. Others regularly put in a few hours of catch up time, more likely on a Saturday morning than other times during the weekend.
  5. Personal business: When the admin asks about the nature of your call, state that it’s personal business. You’re telling the truth – it’s personal business … to you.
  6. First name: When you ask for the hiring manager by just their first name, it’s more likely an admin will put your call through. When you ask for “Bill” rather than “Mr. Smith” or even “Bill Smith” an admin can think it’s a personal call from a friend.
  7. Leave messages: Some managers won’t respond to a call until you’ve left many messages. Think about it … trying once then giving up doesn’t tell the hiring manager that you’re intent on having a conversation. Leaving multiple messages (but staggering them so you don’t seem like a stalker), will tell many hiring managers that you’re willing to invest a lot of effort to gain a conversation – that says a lot about your drive and willingness to go the extra mile to get things done.
  8. Keep trying: These strategies may take multiple attempts to work, depending on the individual hiring manager and their work habits. Since these strategies do increase your odds, keep trying.

In order to get superior information, you’ve got to talk to people inside your target companies.

Sometimes, that’s easier said than done, because the people you’re trying to reach are busy, get lots of calls and voice mails, plus they are guarded by gatekeepers. If you can’t get past the admins and gatekeepers, you won’t get to talk with the people you need to reach.

Use these dirty rotten job search tricks to reach more information sources and hiring managers within your target employers.


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