Cell phones are a place for many things these days: sending photographs to your friend, balancing your checkbook, and even checking in for your flight. But with all of these additions, it still hasn’t lost it’s main intent: phone calls.
If you haven’t yet, you’ll soon be talking on the phone with potential employers or even potential business partners. It is always important to put your best foot forward, even if they can’t see your feet. Here are some tips on how to remain professional while using your phone.
- Use a professional outgoing message.
- Eliminate distractions and background noise when using your phone.
- Have a fully charged battery and ample service before answering or making a professional call.
- Speak slowly and clearly and spell your name when leaving a message.
- Don’t answer your phone while driving.
- Don’t answer a professional call when in a public place or while engaged in a social activity.
- Don’t walk around while talking on your phone.
- Turn-off your phone while waiting for an in-person interview. If you usually review your notes on your phone, use another method so you don’t appear to be checking messages.
- Turn-off your phone during an in-person interview, presentation or professional meeting.
One time at a networking event, a UMD alumni commented on how it was odd for me to still be using notebooks to be taking notes. I responded, “well, if I was taking notes on my cell phone, you’d assume I was texting…” He laughed and agreed. Even though you could be doing a hundred other things on your phone, some people will assume you’re doing the worst…
Keep these tips in mind while trying to build upon your professional self!
Does anyone have any other tips?
Photo by: Gonzalo Baeza