Cold calling is when you contact an organisation directly to ask if they have any jobs available. It can be a daunting task, but cold calling potential employers gets easier with practice.
Writing a telephone call script can help you remember what you want to say. It can also help you speak clearly. Write a script for every stage of the telephone call, including talking to a receptionist, introducing yourself and explaining the reason for your call. Write down how you plan to talk about your experience and why you’re looking for a new role.
It’s a good idea to practise making a call with someone you trust. Pretend they’re the person you’re calling about a job. Run through your script and get their feedback. Keep having practise runs until you’re ready to call the employer for real.
What to say on the phone
“Good morning, my name is [your name].”
“Can you please tell me the name of your company’s [HR manager / manager in area you specialise in]?”
“Would I be able to speak to [their name] please?’
“Good morning [their name]. My name is [your name].”
“I’m calling about [role] opportunities at your company.”
“I have [number of] years’ experience working in [role] for [company names]. I am looking for a new position to [broaden my experience / take on greater responsibility / build on my management skills].”
“Do you have any suitable openings at your company at present?”
If they’re too busy right now to talk to you, suggest a time for them to call you back or for you to call them back. “Can I call you tomorrow at 10am if that’s more convenient?”
If there are no suitable openings at present:
“Can I send you my resume in case any come up in future?”
“Do you know of any other companies hiring [role] staff at the moment?”
Finishing the call:
“Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to me today.”