In today's day and age, we use our powerful cell phones to help us with our job search. We scroll through app and website job listings and we may have even applied to a job right from the comfort of our phones. We've called and scheduled interviews, checked and sent emails to see if we have heard from any potential employers. In a nutshell, we've used a lot of features on our phone to search for our next opportunity in the the workforce -- except for maybe one: texting.
"Texting during your job search is still a grey area. Is text an acceptable job search tool? Not really, says Jackie Ducci, CEO and founder of Ducci & Associates, a talent acquisition agency in Washington, DC. “It is rarely, if ever, a good idea for a candidate to text a potential employer during the job search process,” says Ducci." - Source
Here are some reasons why you should skip sending that text — unless you’re explicitly asked to do so — and what you should do instead:
Texting is too informal
You text your friends daily in your group chat. You text your partner to bring home food. You text your kids to find out when football practice is over. Texting is generally used as a quick - and very informal - way to communicate. If you decide on your own to text an employer, “it could give the impression that the candidate is too flippant, which is not an attractive trait!” says Ducci.
It’s a missed opportunity
Texting limits your connection to your potential employers. Texts can be misinterpreted, be dry of emotions, and take away your personality, all of which can be factors in the decision making in the hiring process.
Even if you are shy to hop on a phone call with an employer, you should take that opportunity to showcase who you are. Says Ducci: “Getting on the phone can continue to foster a deeper, more human relationship with the potential employer.” A text-only message conveys a brief bit of information, but speaking on the phone gives you the chance to let an employer hear your voice—and more importantly, what you need to say.
You don’t know how the person feels about texting
You never really know how your potential employer feels about texting. “Even if there is nothing technically wrong with sending a text, why take such an informal route when there is no upside in doing so?” says Ducci. After all, you never know how your text will be perceived, so it may be best to keep to the side of caution.
You can text an employer if …
The only clear ok to text an employer during a job search is if they set the precedent to do so. Ex: The employer texts you for specific information (e.g., confirm interview date, location, reference numbers, etc) then it's completely okay to text back. Anything more than simple information should require a professional form of communication.
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