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Most people are hesitant to make follow-up phone calls because they don't want to pester their colleagues. However, persistence can prove you're serious about a position or diligent in your work.
Just as grammatical errors work against you in professional documents, the way you handle yourself both in phone conversations and on voicemail leaves an impression on people.
A Script for All Occasions
It's a Two-way Street
You have to be able to catch someone's attention. At the very beginning of your conversation, establish that you already have a relationship, however distant, with the person on the other end. For example, if you're calling a web company you could mention something specific that you like about their site. Remember that the conversation could become a monologue unless you can throw out a few open-ended questions to get the other person talking. If you let the other person talk about herself, you might even leave a more positive impression.
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