How can a shy guy improve his cold calling in order to get a job?
November 18, 2008 11:02 AM Subscribe
I am out of work and have decided try something new in my job search. I have started cold-calling potential employers in my industry. Now, the thing is . . I'm pretty shy, not a salesman type at all. Calling up strangers in order to promote myself is not
something that comes naturally to me. How can I make cold-calling work for me?
posted by jason's_planet to Work & Money (20 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
(I'm looking for a job as a legal secretary or a paralegal. Forgot to mention that.)
Here are some things I'm already aware of:
*It's going to take a lot of persistence.
*Upwards of 98.5 percent of the calls won't pan out.
*Some employers I contact will choose to react rudely. I've made my peace with that. I can deal with it.
*The job market really bites right now.
So . . if you have any tips on what I can do to make my cold-calling more effective, please let me know. If you've been in my position, what did you learn from the experience? If you have any personal anecdotes to share or other sources of information -- books, websites, etc -- to recommend, I'd be forever in your debt. Many thanks in advance.