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Lazy job seekers?

Posted on 26. Aug, 2010 by in Employer Branding

Hypothesising, as many have done before, on the nature of an employee’s state with regards job seeking gets me to three very generic types, namely: actively looking; not looking (but open to offers of course, who isn’t?), and; those who are about to retire and therefore not interested at all, but thanks very much for asking.

On that basis then, I am not quite sure of the benefit of getting, or in fact sending jobs, by SMS.  SMSTheJob.com.au is doing just that.  Sure I can see some niche fields (contract roles in financial services, maybe) where speed of response is paramount, but outside of that I’m a little lost.

I get that email is often too slow a communication form and I get that instant conversation is gratifying and the latest addiction.  But I still don’t quite see the benefits of sending or responding to job ads via SMS.

What am I missing?

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4 Responses to “Lazy job seekers?”

  1. Katy

    26. Aug, 2010

    Completely agree with this. SMS just desn’t seem to fit this medium, it could maybe work to alert you of potential jobs but surely you need to respond with much more than 140 characters.

  2. The Coff

    27. Aug, 2010

    Spot on. There is a market for it for the right jobs, namely high turnover short period temp type work, but you need some level of consumer investment. Its not asking too much for those looking for work to find you, and those you want to head hunt might think poorly of a clumsy SMS that no doubt has been mail merged to 1000’s everywhere . . . So, yep, totally agree about initial contact via SMS for individual jobs – on the other hand information about a job by request, that is a solid use (if combined with mobile web access!)

    Go on, TXT Army, to 131901 . . my KPIs need padding.

  3. Andrew E

    28. Aug, 2010

    Haha… definitely not the best option for initial contact. SMS however very useful when there is a significant application process to keep candidates informed of their progress.
    I guess however the technology could be used within organisations for internal recruitment, as they’re likey to have a bit of an idea what may be involved and already know where they can source more information.

  4. Richard Spencer

    30. Aug, 2010

    Coff, anything to help!

    Also, I like the idea of SMS as an advocacy medium and also for internal job alerts where application procedures would be truncated. Thanks all great thoughts.

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