Looking for a job

Cold Calling

Cold Calling is phoning a potential employer who doesn't know you and inquiring about a job. You can also cold call to:
  • Get more information about an advertised job
  • Ask about apprenticeships or training programs
  • Ask people (who are in similar positions to what you are looking for) about their job

Sounds scary? With a little preparation and practice, it will get easier and you will stand a better chance of getting a job.
Important steps before you call
  • Make a list of companies that you would like to work for. (You can use the Yellow Pages, the newspaper, internet searches or get names of organisations from family and friends.)
  • Do some research on each of the organisations you plan to call. Make notes .
  • What does the company do?
  • Where are they based?
  • What is their mission statement?
  • Get the number of the correct department. If you don't know which it is, call the switchboard.
  • Make notes on what you want to ask
  • Make sure you won't be disturbed when you are ready to call.
  • Have these ready:
  • Your notes on what you intend to say
  • Your notes on the company
  • Your CV
  • Pen and paper
When making the Call
  • Introduce yourself to each person you speak to. (Be confident and don't mumble)
  • Be polite at all times (even if the person is rude or brusque)
  • Don't be put off by rejections. Remember, the more calls you make, the better your chances of success.
  • Keep a record of who you've called and when. Make brief notes on the conversations you have.
After the call
  • Review your call and make a note of any improvements you could have made.