When I worked for an employment office, I saw plenty of application issues, many of which dealt with phone numbers:
Listing the Wrong Number: A wrong number on an application is never a good thing, for obvious reasons, but it can be an easy oversight. Always double-check a printed resume to make sure there are so misplaced digits.
The Message Counts: A voicemail or answering machine message can leave the wrong impression. Keep it brief, to the point and appropriate. A funny or impractical voice message might confuse the person calling, or make you look unprofessional. And since a call can come at any time ¬– in the car, on the bus or in another noisy environment – the chance of an employer getting that message is high. And make sure you follow up with any of those missed calls as soon as possible.
Other Issues: It never hurts to list an emergency contact since it will eventually be listed in your employment record at the company. And if you use two different numbers, list them both.
Bob Lankard, former program manager at the state Job Center in Indiana, Pa., offers common-sense advice to help all levels of job seekers satisfy their employment ambitions.
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