How to save wasted effort before applying. Five main reasons to call.

Yesterday I wrote on 3 crippling things that hold people back from ringing up before they apply for a role.

Here are 5 of the main reasons you need to do it.

1/ It makes you stand out

One manager I spoke to said she “couldn’t understand” why more people didn’t do it and that if someone took that step, they would almost guaranteed to be asked for an interview

2/ It allows you to tailor your application

Job descriptions and adverts can be vague. This allows you to add the extra information to make your application “pop” and be relevant

3/ It gives you someone to address it to

I hate “to whom it may concern” letters. They are so impersonal. By ringing up you can check who to address it to and hopefully who to email it to direct.

4/ It allows you to get a gauge of the salary and organisation

What is the point in going through all that effort to find the pay is not even in the range you want? Worse still you get an interview and waste both parties time. Most employers, if they haven’t given it, are comfortable giving some sort of range.

5/ It saves you (and them) a heap of time!

Yes we are all busy. Spend your time on the applications that excite you and that will give you the best chance of success. If you can save them time by making your application easy to understand and relevant to what they have asked – it will save everybody a lot of headache.

So overcome the fear and give it a go. What have you got to lose?

grant verhoeven