Fun Friday: Text Messaging Bloopers

Some of you may want to avert your eyes – here’s a hilarious Freudian auto-correct from a text message someone sent their friend about an interview they were about to have.

While this is a hilarious typo, it does allow me to bring up a hot topic in recruiting today, and that is the use of text messaging to communicate with candidates.

Our sister publication ERE has covered the topics of mobile recruiting and text messaging candidates in the past, as have several other websites and organizations.

Most of the articles discuss the recruiter’s point of view – receiving text messages and/or casual emails from job seekers. Many seem to indicate that recruiters find this to be a bit of a turn-off; that the formality of the job search is not honored by such actions.

However, from a candidate’s perspective, the opposite appears to be true. Texting job seekers and candidates could be viewed as a highly innovative method of communicating with candidates. Particularly when you’re talking about new college graduates – the members of the often-infamous “Millenial Generation.”

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So, Fordyce Readers, what’s your take on texting candidates? Are you for or against it? Do you currently have a mobile campaign? How are your results? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

And – if you’d like a good laugh, check out www.damnyouautocorrect.com, which is where the text message above came from…

Happy Friday!

Amybeth Quinn began her career in sourcing working within the agency world as an Internet Researcher. Since 2002, she has worked in both agency and corporate sourcing and recruiting roles as both individual contributor and manager, and also served previously as the editor of The Fordyce Letter, FordyceLetter.com and SourceCon.com, with ERE Media. These days she's working on some super cool market intelligence and data analytics projects. You can connect with her on Twitter at @researchgoddess.

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