If your voice mail greeting is the first opportunity a prospective employer has to hear from you, what does your message say about you? Will your greeting make a positive, professional impression on your callers or will it alienate them before you even have a chance to meet to them?
Consider these suggestions for creating a professional voice mail greeting:
· Your greeting should not contain any music.
· Your voice on your greeting should be pleasant and well-articulated.
· Your greeting should not be too long – about 20-25 seconds
· Your greeting should not mislead the caller into thinking the phone is being answered when in reality it is a pre-recorded "Hello, Hello" - that is very rude.
· Your greeting should be tasteful - nothing suggestive, off-color or discriminatory.
· Your greeting should not be “silly” while you are job hunting.
Example of professional voice mail greeting:
“You’ve reached (your name). I'm currently unable to take your call. Please leave your name, phone number, and a brief message, and I will contact you as soon as possible. Thank you!"