(PRWEB) June 14, 2012
It’s already been established that over three-quarters of recruiters own a smartphone for business and/or personal use.
But what percentage of recruiters sends text messages to candidates and/or hiring managers?
According to a recent poll conducted by Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms, that percentage lags behind the number of recruiters who use smartphones for business.
The Top Echelon smartphone poll indicated that nearly 72% of recruiters have a smartphone for both business and personal use. However, the poll regarding texting revealed that just 33% of recruiters send text messages to both candidates and hiring managers.
In addition, 10.7% of respondents send text messages to candidates only. Incidentally, none of the recruiters polled send text messages to hiring managers only.
However, the majority of recruiters polled still prefer to NOT use texting as a form of communication within their profession. Over half of the respondents (56.0%) don’t send text messages to either candidates or clients.
The disparity between the results of these two polls seem to indicate that although recruiters use smartphones for business, less than half use them for texting purposes. As a result, recruiters are using their smartphones for other purposes, including speaking directly with candidates and clients, conducting research, scheduling events, etc.
“The recruiting profession is one that’s based upon communication,” said Top Echelon Network Membership Development Coordinator Drea Codispoti. “It only makes sense that recruiters would take advantage of every form of communication at their disposal, and that includes text messaging.”
However, something else to keep in mind is that while text messaging can be an important form of communication, it’s also very much a preference. There are recruiters who choose not to text candidates or hiring managers and instead prefer to speak directly with them.
“Preference certainly plays its part,” said Codispoti. “Not only that, but there are recruiters who have spent the majority of their careers without smartphones and text messaging capabilities—and in some cases, without mobile phones altogether. For them, it might be more difficult to make such a transition than it would be for a younger recruiter, who’s grown up during the Technology Age.”
Top Echelon Network, based in Canton, Ohio, consists of nearly 400 recruiting firms and 1,000 individual recruiters.