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Phone Etiquette

Phone Etiquette

  • If you (or any of your roommates) persist in the use of creative phone answering lines (“Sam’s Mortuary, you stab ‘em, we slab ‘em”), just remember that the click you hear on the other end of the line may be the sound of your dream job being passed forward to Contestant #2.
  • Outrageous remarks will often buy you a major black mark in the professionalism category—even if it was your idiot roommate. A simple, “This is ____,” is always correct when answering a phone.
  • An integral part of your job search is the effective use of an answering machine to take your calls when you are out. If you don’t have an answering machine yet, purchase one immediately. If you already own an answering machine, you might consider updating your “Doctor Strangelove” greeting or any other “unique and unusual” greeting.
  • Just imagine that your future boss is being greeted by your answering machine and then answer this question: Will it enhance or detract from what they think of you? If it is the latter, change it. Otherwise, your future boss may end up being someone else’s future boss.


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