Recruiting is tough work and the competition for good talent is high. With unemployment rates very low, recruiters and staffing agencies are feeling the strain more so of attracting and hiring top talent. While most people can agree that a lower unemployment rate is good, there are a lot of ways that it can make being an HR professional a lot more challenging. However, sourcing, recruiting and hiring can absolutely be successful in today’s low-unemployment environment with doing things a little differently. It’s time to get creative and move faster to secure the right talent your company needs.
Utilizing modern technology to improve recruiter productivity and a create world class candidate experience is what helps set organizations apart from others in securing top tier talent. Using a business text messaging service as another method in communicating with candidates is proving to be wildly successful. A business text messaging service supports recruiting success.
Welcome to the new way of connecting with candidates.
Higher open rates
If you don’t believe that text messages have a higher open rate, pause from reading this article and look at your email inbox. Now look at your text messages. It’s likely that your inbox has 10x or more unread emails than your phone does texts.
Text provides a quicker and more efficient way of communicating as 97% of texts are read and responded to within 15 minutes. Using business text messaging software helps facilitate how timely your candidates and recruits respond to you, in comparison with other organizations they are in cycle with.
Text is easy and flexible
Everyone texts. It’s convenient and can be done from anywhere. When it comes to using text in the recruiting process, it literally can be used anywhere.
Use business text messaging to:
- Acknowledge applications are received and expected next steps
- Scheduling initial and subsequent interviews
- Specific instructions for the interview (location, directions, parking)
- Post interview follow up
- Feedback about the entire candidate experience from start to finish
- Onboarding of new hires
- Reminders for interviews and other relevant information
- Brief check in’s
Text builds relationships and establishes trust
Candidates can feel disconnected and unsure when a company takes too long to acknowledge their interest in a job. According to a survey from Indeed, building connected relationships with candidates is an essential part to being a great recruiter. Trust is built when a company views your application and promptly reaches out. When a company takes too long to respond, candidates probably ask themselves why they would want to work for a company that makes them feel undervalued. Using text messaging software will help facilitate that vital connection from the very beginning interaction with candidates.
Text increases recruiter productivity and decreases time to hire
Imagine a day where improved time to hire is a reality by modifying a few processes. Just by streamlining a few steps in the recruitment process, that can be a reality. As recruiter productivity increases, time to hire decreases. There are so many steps in the full recruitment process which means a lot of time spent on tedious tasks. Adding a business text messaging service into the daily process helps laborious processes become exponentially more dynamic. Business text messaging technology offers a variety of features like auto responders to address the issues plaguing recruiter and staffing productivity.
Use text to maintain contact with candidates for future opportunities
As a recruiter you’re fully aware that you can’t make contact with someone and cross your fingers that they will keep your company in mind for a position in the future. It just doesn’t work. To keep your pipeline of candidates warm, it’s vital to maintain regular contact. These pools are generally candidates that were not hired for the position they applied for but there is agreement that they should be considered for other similar opportunities when they arise. If you don’t stay in contact, you’ll most likely lose the opportunity to connect with them for future positions. This regular and proactive contact is yet another demonstration of an excellent candidate experience, which speaks volumes of your company. Using business text messaging to facilitate this regular contact is a streamlined and simple way to stay engaged.
The TextBetter business text messaging service uses email as the vehicle to communicate. The candidate receives the content sent as a text message to their device, just as they are accustomed to. Both candidates and recruiters can send and receive attachments via text, including pictures. With continuity being vital to the candidate experience, the same phone number is used for both text and phone communication.
Business text messaging is certainly changing the playing field and the changing the way recruiting takes place. Partnering with a business text messaging company like TextBetter will strengthen communication and recruitment efforts in conjunction with successfully help support your 2019 recruiting and hiring organizational goals.
TextBetter™ is a business texting service that makes it easy to send or receive texts from your landline number. Our cloud-based service effortlessly integrates into your existing business model, without having to install new software or change how you do business. Through our three separate product offerings, we proudly cater to organizations of all sizes: TextBetter Team, TextBetter Basic, TextBetter Enterprise