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Texting With Recruiters

By December 7, 2012

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TextingAre you prepared for texting to be part of your job search? How about social media and Skype? A recent survey from SuccessFactors (a subsidiary of SAP) reports that 39% of hiring managers have communicated with job candidates via social media, text or Skype.

Nina Scott, C.P.R.W. and Career Coach of Impression Resumes suggests that job seekers should state "texts accepted" (if they do indeed accept texts) in the contact information section of their resume, so they don't get into playing phone tag with the busy recruiter or staffing professional.

Here are tips for texting with hiring managers, including how to note that you are available on your resume, advice on how to text with a hiring manager, how to keep it professional, and mistakes to avoid.

How about Skype? Are you prepared for a conversation on Skype? It's a quick and easy way for hiring managers to connect with candidates for employment and to do first round interviews.

Here's what you need to know about using Skype when you are job searching, along with tips for interviewing on Skype.

Read More: Resume Contact Section | Job Interviews On Skype | Tips for Communicating with Recruiters through Social Media

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Comments
December 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm
(1) Dustin Nichols says:

I found this very interesting. I think that many to not realize how much technology has changed the process of how an individual is hired. Although I do agree that it has done many good things, this seems to me like yet another step to taking the personalization out of the hiring process. I think that many are finding it tough to find employment because of these changes because employers are no longer meeting many of these potential employees face to face.

December 12, 2012 at 11:26 am
(2) Amy McDonald says:

While I can see Dustin’s concern about the personal side of the recruitment process, I think that the demand for this type of contact between recruiters and applicants is being driven by the job seeker. In my experience, I find that recruiters are willing to use whatever means necessary to reach the best candidate. They have been comfortable talking with candidates by phone for years. I think this is a natural evolution that is occurring because their targets are more accessible by text and both parties prefer less personal contact until they believe face to face time is warranted.

Amy McDonald
President, REKRUTR.com

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