One of the greatest traps is to believe that phones are not necessary for a job search. It is easy to see why some might come to this belief. For quick messages to a single contact, we have texts. E-mail and social networking can be used to send out mass invitations and inquiries. Your friends may be content with these forms of communication, but do professionals, who may hire you for your first job, agree? Based on how many job search engines there are, the answer may seem like a resounding "yes." However, personal experience has taught me that even the internet's vast landscape of information and resources needs to be supplemented by old-fashioned phone calls if you hope to have any lucking finding a job or internship.
1. An actual call makes you stand out from other applicants
Remember what I said about how we have so many communicative alternatives to phones? You probably did not need me to tell you because of how integrated those alternatives are in our everyday lives. However, some people come to rely on them for communicating. I personally went through a phase where I refused to call a company or business, opting to just apply for a job on their website. My philosophy was that if they did not have an application on their website, they did not have a job opening. But even if you apply online, chances are plenty of other people have as well, making you just one of the many faceless job applicants. A phone call can help make yourself known. You can even call with the pretense of wondering if they got your application. It might even lead to an interview!
2. It helps you find out more details
Some companies and businesses do not advertise their available jobs as easily as you might think. In my case, I was looking for an internship at a post-production studio this past fall. Very rarely would I go on a company website and find any information at all about internships or employment opportunities. The only way to know is by calling and asking. From there, you can ask what steps to take to send in an application. An even bigger bonus is that they will be more likely to read your application because they are expecting it. Additionally, you can find out more about the details of a possible job or internship. You do not want to apply for a position when all you know is the title.
3. Some employers appreciate the call
If a person is in charge of employing others, there is a good chance they have plenty of other things on their plate. I have had employers express gratitude for calling them. They view it less as a demand for their time and more as a friendly reminder. Both an employer and an applicant working towards the same goal: filling a job opening. An applicant who helps the process along will not be looked down upon.