Cell Phone Etiquette for the Job Search
Can we talk? Periodically I get on my soapbox about cell
phones. Now, I don’t have a problem with cell phones; I would be lost without
mine. What I do have a problem with is when people list a cell phone numbers on
their job application and/or resume before thoroughly thinking through the
For example, I was shopping at my local discount store a few
days ago and noticed a young man just ending a call on his cell phone. Just as he hung up, he turned to the woman
with him and grumbled “can you believe that? They called me about a job while I'm
shopping at Target!” He seemed quite
indignant that the employer had the nerve to actually call the number HE
apparently must have given them.
Outrageous! He was quite proud of
how he put them in their place about it too.
This started me thinking about all the “adventures” I have
had over the years when calling NP and PA applicants on their cell phones. I endured everything from noisy backgrounds, screaming
children, poor reception and dropped calls.
Here is the bottom line: if you list a number, then be
prepared for a potential employer to call that number. I understand that some of you don’t have a
landline and must list a cell number but my rant suggestions still apply
to you. If your cell phone rings and
it’s not a good time to talk then let the call go to your voicemail. Potential employers would rather you return
the call promptly rather than listening to you decide between paper or plastic or be subjected to your
signal fading in and out.
If you still have a home phone line you should think long
and hard about listing your cell as a second contact number. I have actually
had candidates scold me for calling them on the mobile phone number - the number
they included on their application!
Fair warning - if you give me your cell number on your
application then my assumption is that it’s OK for me to call your cell number.
Questions, suggestions or comments? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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