If an employer says no phone calls, though, that may just mean he or she doesn't prefer phone contact. Certainly it
No phone calls does NOT mean no emails, faxes, or mail. A postcard to a bus manager means they don't even have to open an envelope to read your message. If an ad does not say no phone calls, you may still have difficulty determining who the hiring manager is, when interviews will begin, and how best to impress the employer.
A receptionist or automated phone system may be "employed" (pardon the pun!) to keep you and your follow up efforts at bay.
To overcome an automated phone system try:
- Listening to a directory -- sometimes they provide titles!
- Pressing 0 for receptionist or # or * for other options
- If you have to leave a message do so: This is FirstName LastName, a counselor, I am extremely interested in the ______ position and wanted to make sure that my application was received and to schedule an interview if possible. My number is ___________.
- Butter her or him up - "Thank Heavens, finally, a friendly voice. I know it seems silly, but I don't trust the computer applications and I wanted to double check that my resume has been received by the right person. Can you tell me who that is or put me in his or her voice mail?"
- If that doesn't work, ask if they know when interviewing or hiring will take place? Anything at all they can share?
- If you reach a service or general voicemail. Leave a message for the "Director" or other likely appropriate title and give your name and number and ask for a return call.