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Phone Etiquette 101 for job seekers

Using your company phone number on a resume can be a kiss of death, warns Kathy Sweeney. She is president of The Write Resume, a Phoenix company specializing in resume writing and employment coaching.

There are at least two potential drawbacks, Sweeney says. First, the hiring manager may decide you're not worth calling back because you're searching for a job on company time. And second, if the hiring manager calls while you're with a supervisor or client, you'll be put into an awkward position.

She says you will be better able to control the timing of the potential screening interview by listing a reliable home telephone number.

That said, Sweeney says it's critical to have a good quality telephone message system, with an appropriate outgoing message. "Many times individuals will have a cute message left by their child or a long, loud music selection on their answering machine. This will guarantee an employer will not leave a message."

_ Orlando Sentinel

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