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* Always know your employer. Find out about company youíre applying for so you can communicate to them how compatible you are as a candidate.
* Practice what youíre going to say. You donít want to sound like youíre reading a script, but more prepared you are, more confident you will sound. Not to mention, if youíre prepared to leave a message and you get a person instead, your delivery will be that much better.
Whatever you do, donít let an answering machine or voicemail scare you. You may be eager to get ball rolling, but donít think of it as a blockade. Instead, consider yourself lucky. If you donít get a ďliveĒ person, youíll have more time to prepare what you want to say. This will give you time to get all your thoughts in order and make little or no mistakes.
Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook (http://www.JobSearchHandbook.com). As editor of the HireSites.com weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.