Texting Best Practices and Samples
Texting candidates gives you the opportunity to connect in a format that’s hard to miss. Why not put it to the test?
You might be a texting pro in your personal life, but when it comes to texting for recruiting purposes, we have a few tips you might want to keep in mind. Take a look and then make sure to view our sample text messages below to help you engage candidates through every stage of the hiring process.
Make it personal
Always include the candidate’s first name in the text, and your name and company.
Consider your tone
Your text messages don’t have to be super formal, but follow you company’s established tone of voice when texting for consistency.
Texting is not the format for pasting the entire job description or your company story. Shoot for 150 characters and link to more info like the job ad, career site, directions, etc.
When a candidate texts you back, make sure to respond quickly. Waiting days for a reply will only frustrate them. If you don’t have the time to respond fully, tell them you’ll get back to them soon.
Keep acronyms at bay
We all love them, but when you text a candidate about a job, clarity is key. Try to stay away from acronyms that could cause confusion. Your candidates will TY!
Sample Text Messages
Hi [First Name], we’re hiring a [Job Title] for our office in [Location]. Interested? See all the details: [Link]
[First Name], we have a job that seems like a great match for you. Check it out! [Link] Can we talk this week?
Hello [First Name], we have an urgent need for a [Job Title]. Do you have time for a brief call today or tomorrow? Details: [Link]
[First Name], we’re interviewing for a [Job Title] on [Date @ Time]. Your skills seem like a good fit. Care to learn more?
[First Name], I noticed you’re well versed in [Skill/Concentration] and I have a wonderful opportunity you might be interested in. View the job details and let me know what you think. [Link]
Quick question [First Name] – I have an opportunity for a [Job Title] at [Company Name]. If you, or anyone in your network would be interested, could you let me know? [Link]
Hi [First Name], still thinking about working for [Company Name]? Current openings: [Link]. Happy to tell you more!
I just wanted to keep you in the loop with some new job openings, [First Name]. I’d love to get you in here! Check out this one [Link]
Quick update, [First Name]. Another [Job Title] position just opened up. This might be your “in” so let me know if you want to be considered: [Link]
Hi [First Name], we’re having an open house, with games, refreshments, and career opportunities. [Date @ Time], Directions: [Link] Want to come?
[First Name], our career fair is on [Date & Time]. Get the details and RSVP today: [Link]
We’re hosting an awesome hiring event, with some great opportunities, [First Name]. To learn more visit: [Link]. Let me know if you plan to attend.
Hi [First Name], [Company Name] will be on campus on [Date @ Time] to tell you about a few new career opportunities. Can you stop by?
[First Name], do you have any plans this summer? [Company Name] has a few seasonal positions up for grabs. [Link] Let me know if you’re interested in joining us.
Hi [First Name]! Did you hear about the career fair on campus on [Date @ Time]? Make sure you stop by company’s booth to enter our raffle for a prize!
Hi [First Name], impressive application for our [Job Title] position! We’d like to schedule a phone interview. When is a good time for you?
[First Name], thanks for applying! You’ve got a lot of great experience as a [Job Title]. When can you chat? I’d love to hear about what you’re looking for in a new role.
Hi [First Name], I’d love to get you on the phone this week to talk about the [Job Title] position you applied for. I was thrilled when you’re resume came through! Does [Date/Time] work for you?
Hi [First Name], we can’t wait to meet you at your interview on [Date & Time] Directions: [Link] Any questions I can answer?
Great talking with you, [First Name]. Your interview for the [Job Title] position is on [Date @ Time]. Directions: [Link] We’re eager to meet you!
Hi [First Name], We are looking forward to your interview for the [Job Title] position on [Date @ Time]. Please bring any work samples you’d like to show the team.
[First Name], Just confirming that your interview is today at [Time] for the [Job Title] position. Directions: [Link] The team is excited to meet you.
Hi [First Name], today’s the day! your interview for the [Job Title] position is at [Time] Directions: [Link] Best of luck!
Reach out to your internal team through text messages, too!
Hello [First Name], your company is hiring for a new [Job Title]. Want to throw your hat in the ring?
Hi [First Name], we have a new opening for a [Job Title] in your department. Any interest in moving up into that role?
Hi [First Name], I’m looking for someone to fill the [Job Title] role and I instantly thought of your team. Can you recommend anyone who might be looking to shake things up?
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