Alderman Peel

High School

Student Guidance

Contact Employers

Remember that this is your first contact with your employer. You need to make a good impression! 
Do not text your employer.

Before you pick up the phone

Make sure you have all the information that you need:

  • A copy of the placement letter
  • The name of the person or department you need to speak to
  • Your CV in case you are asked, it will help you talk about yourself
  • Have a pen and paper ready
  • Try to ring from somewhere private and quiet.
  • Be prepared to speak to someone else or to leave a message on an answer phone.

While you are speaking 

  • Speak clearly and confidently, you’ll be nervous but slow down!
  • Remember to quote your correspondence.
  • Be ready to spell out any unusual words, particularly your home address.
  • Be prepared to talk about yourself and your skills and qualities.
  • Make sure you know what will happen next:
  • Where should I go on the first day and confirm the time?
  • Who should I ask for?
  • Have they invited you to go for an interview?
  • Make sure you write down the date, time and place
  • Thank the person you spoke to for their help and the opportunity to do work experience. 

If the person is not there


  • Leave a message! 
  • Make a note of what you will say and be clear about the next steps - such as when you are calling them back.
    Do not expect them to call you. 
  • Try to be clear and concise - you only have one shot! 


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