You're out at happy hour with your friends. Your phone rings or vibrates and you see it's your Mom. You make the executive decision that this is not the right time to talk about your goals, aspirations, love life, dog, roommates, health, or what you want to be when you grow up. You ignore the call and let it roll into voicemail.
The same way that you use caller ID to your advantage in your personal life, do it in your job searching life.
Your phone rings. You don't recognize the number. If you've been submitting applications or resumes, it could be your potential next employer (hooray!). Think first. Answer the phone second.
How should you answer the phone?
b) "J-dogg here"
c) "Who's this?"
d) "Hello. This is _________ (insert your real first name here)"
If you choose to answer the phone and it is your potential next employer, you've just made your first impression. Answer your phone wisely. If it's not a good time to talk or you want to know who's calling first, let it go into your voicemail. Then you can check the message at your convenience and return the call when you are prepared.