Super nervous to make a phone call regarding a job... help?

  • mizu5

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    Aug 09, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    So I left Chipotle a bit ago and have been recovering after some surgery.

    My mother is already down my throat to find a new job so she contacted a cousin who we are not close to about serving/bartending for his catering company. I don't mind this.

    What I do mind is that he sent me a super vague one sentence email to call a woman who does the hiring for him. That's all.

    What on earth am I supposed to call and say?

    I have never done this before, and I always overthink and overanalyze and cold calling is my worst nightmare. It makes me panic. In person I'm fine.

    So help! What do I call and say to her?


    It also doesn't help I've called twice and no one answered so my courage is running low.
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    Aug 09, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    I'm sure he meant he would give you a job. Don't act entitled, but drop his name in the first seconds of the conversation.

    "Hello, this is Mizu. I'm interested in working for your company and my cousin _________ told me that I should contact you. Do you have any positions available?"

    If she says no jobs are available, then she didn't get the hint. At that point write your cousin back - yourself - and say that you really appreciate his help, but the hiring lady said there were no positions available and you hope that you'll get the opportunity to work with him as soon as there are.
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    Aug 09, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    showme saidI'm sure he meant he would give you a job. Don't act entitled, but drop his name in the first seconds of the conversation.

    "Hello, this is Mizu. I'm interested in working for your company and my cousin _________ told me that I should contact you. Do you have any positions available?"

    If she says no jobs are available, then she didn't get the hint. At that point write your cousin back - yourself - and say that you really appreciate his help, but the hiring lady said there were no positions available and you hope that you'll get the opportunity to work with him as soon as there are.


    Tah-dahhhh! I doesn't get any easier than that, Mizu5. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 09, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    mizu5 saidSo I left Chipotle a bit ago and have been recovering after some surgery.

    My mother is already down my throat to find a new job so she contacted a cousin who we are not close to about serving/bartending for his catering company. I don't mind this.

    What I do mind is that he sent me a super vague one sentence email to call a woman who does the hiring for him. That's all.

    What on earth am I supposed to call and say?

    I have never done this before, and I always overthink and overanalyze and cold calling is my worst nightmare. It makes me panic. In person I'm fine.

    So help! What do I call and say to her?


    It also doesn't help I've called twice and no one answered so my courage is running low.
    That means he's not interested in hiring someone he doesn't really know.

    Being "family" doesn't always get people a free pass.

    So, do it as if you never knew him. Type up a resume, walk in, and hand it to her personally.
  • thadjock

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    Aug 09, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    mizu5 said
    I always overthink and overanalyze


    You Win! you've identified the problem.
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    Aug 09, 2012 5:05 PM GMT
    Whatever approach you take, know that when I was your age I was also super nervous to pick up the phone and call anyone unknown to ask for anything. It'll pass. Fake it 'til you make it.
  • mizu5

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    Aug 09, 2012 5:08 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    mizu5 saidSo I left Chipotle a bit ago and have been recovering after some surgery.

    My mother is already down my throat to find a new job so she contacted a cousin who we are not close to about serving/bartending for his catering company. I don't mind this.

    What I do mind is that he sent me a super vague one sentence email to call a woman who does the hiring for him. That's all.

    What on earth am I supposed to call and say?

    I have never done this before, and I always overthink and overanalyze and cold calling is my worst nightmare. It makes me panic. In person I'm fine.

    So help! What do I call and say to her?


    It also doesn't help I've called twice and no one answered so my courage is running low.
    That means he's not interested in hiring someone he doesn't really know.

    Being "family" doesn't always get people a free pass.

    So, do it as if you never knew him. Type up a resume, walk in, and hand it to her personally.
    Well okay we area bit closer than that. And there is no where to "walk-in" to sadly or I would. I would feel vastly more comfortable doing that.
  • thadjock

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    Aug 09, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    mizu5 saidWell okay we area bit closer than that. And there is no where to "walk-in" to sadly or I would. I would feel vastly more comfortable doing that.


    wow, how do you ever get up the courage to order a pizza?
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    Aug 09, 2012 6:32 PM GMT
    "ShowMe" nailed it. I once was in a kind of a similar position and the random guy I was told to contact turned out to be the CFO in a big company. All I knew in advance was that he was some employee of the Company. I got the job.
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    Aug 09, 2012 6:34 PM GMT
    Just gotta do it, write down what you are going to say to her and start dialing that number, dont think about it or it will get harder.