A Rise in Texting During the Hiring Process?

Playing phone-tag can be frustrating when you are trying to schedule a job interview. Based on a study conducted by Jobvite, of the 2,084 surveyed, 52 percent of people actively seeking a new job are currently employed. Unfortunately, answering a phone call to discuss a new opportunity while at the applicant’s current job is not always an ideal situation.

It appears we are ready to start receiving and sending a text message as a way for potential employers to get in contact with applicants. Well, sort of, according to a report from Software Advice. The survey found 43 percent of job seekers younger than 45 years old considered recruiters who use text messaging as “professional”.

The survey states that job seekers prefer initial contact by phone or email. But for things like confirming an interview time, to follow up or ask for additional information, there’s been an increase in the perception that the use of text messaging for that type of communication is considered okay.

It’s not really a surprise there’s been this slow texting trend considering more than two-thirds of the world’s population has a cell phone. Moreover, 79 percent of adults under the age of 45 have their phone with them 22 hours a day. 90 percent of text messages are read within three minutes of being sent.

Mobile phones are becoming invaluable assets in the job search. Especially for Millennials, 47 percent use mobile devices in their job search because it allows them to search for jobs almost anywhere.

To meet that demand of usage, more apps are being developed specifically for the job search. Users typically can send push notifications to themselves when there are new job leads. Text messages are essentially a businesses’ way of sending a push notification alerting the candidate that they are being considered for the next step in the hiring process.

There are still some best practices to consider like texting only during business hours and the proper use of language. Maintain formality and professionalism in all communications, regardless of the tools you are using to communicate.

  • Avoid using emoticons.
  • Spell out all your words, no abbreviations (Leave your LOL and OMG for your friends).
  • Carefully review your text before sending for spelling, grammar, and unintended auto correction mistakes.
  • Express enthusiasm but keep it professional.
  • Keep your communication short, but don’t be afraid to share important information.