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Fun Friday: Text Messaging Bloopers

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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.”

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 Hale began her career in recruiting working for Jon Bartos as the sole researcher for his award-winning MRI-affiliated executive search firm in Cincinnati. She then served as the Manager of Internet Research for SearchPath International out of Cleveland, OH. She previously was editor of The Fordyce Letter and FordyceLetter.com. She's returned to her first love, sourcing, and now works for Microsoft. You can connect with her on Twitter at @researchgoddess.