Recruiting and the overall hiring process has changed dramatically in recent years. With job seekers looking online for work and filling out short forms using the internet, you can recruit your candidates more effectively when you also use text messages as part of your recruiting communication strategy.
Emails often go ignored and it isn't always possible for a candidate to answer a phone call. When text messaging becomes a possibility, your recruitment process moves faster. You will reach a wider audience of potential job candidates and you'll be able to ask for missing information through a quick, direct message.
Candidates are Looking for Jobs Using Mobile Devices
Job candidates are actively using their mobile devices to search for jobs, especially millennials. If you aren't using mobile technology to reach out to potential job candidates, you aren't reaching people in the way they prefer. When you send out a text message regarding a job posting, this message will be read within a few minutes by most of your recipients. When you send out an email sharing the same information, you'll be lucky if any of the emails make it out of the spam folder. As your list of subscribers get larger, the pool of candidates you will have to choose from will grow.
SMS Communication Offers Privacy
Individuals looking for a new job could be spending their day at work, and don't have the privacy they need to talk on the phone with job recruiters. When you use SMS communication, you'll be able to reach your candidate during work hours. Your candidate will likely read the message and be able to find the time to respond quickly when they have a free moment. While you can also send an email, a potential recruit may not be able to check their personal email during business hours. Text messaging is the fastest way to reach a job seeker who is working during the day.
Avoid Missed Interviews
When you are trying to hire a new employee, a no-show is a big waste of your time. When you want to make sure a candidate is going to show up for an interview, a quick text message to remind the individual of the interview will help. You can even include language that states if you are unable to make it to your scheduled interview to text back to reschedule. This gives a recruit the ability to change the interview time easily if they are unable to make the appointed time.
Cell Phone Use Will Continue to Grow
Mobile device usage has risen sharply in recent years, and this trend is only expected to continue. No matter who you are trying to reach, it is generally easier to make contact with an individual on their mobile device. When you are a recruiter and trying to reach millennials, text messaging is a necessary tool. You must be able to reach your recruits in the way they prefer to be contacted, and that is through text messaging.
Text messaging gives you a secure way to reach potential job candidates and ask for additional information. You can use texting to schedule interviews quickly and to make any changes to the interview if necessary. When you want to reach the widest audience, text messaging is going to give you the ability to do this. Job recruiters who are able to reach candidates the fastest and provide efficient recruiting communication are the ones who are finding the best candidates.
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