It's tempting to view a cell phone voice mail greeting as a chance for personal expression, to showcase your personality, or your favourite joke or song. But you never know when a caller might be an important contact who isn't impressed by your brand of personal expression. An off-putting voice mail greeting can kill your chances of getting hired. There are some strategies to ensure your voice mail greeting will leave a good impression, no matter who is calling.
Clear, Concise Greeting
A good cell phone voice mail greeting is clear, courteous and to the point. Enunciate, don't mumble, to make it as easy as possible for those with poor hearing or bad connections to be able to hear your greeting. Be polite, and save swearing for the conversation, once you know who you're talking to. A potential employer or college recruiter isn't likely to be impressed if they're greeted with profanity when they call.
Callers in general don't like to sit through a long greeting before they can leave their message. A greeting shouldn't be so long that they might forget what they were calling to say. Most callers are also savvy enough that they don't need detailed instructions on what information to leave. All they really need is confirmation that they've called the correct number and are leaving their message with the right person.
All that's needed is your full name, or a recitation of your phone number if you're concerned about providing your name to strange callers. The greeting you choose and your tone of voice will do plenty to convey your personality and add a personal touch.
If in doubt, here is a simple script you can follow to ensure that your greeting does what it needs to do while being friendly and polite: "Hello. You've reached the phone of Jane Smith. Leave a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible."