I am from a generation where the phone has long been my favorite contact initiation tool. Over time, I have learned to use email to accomplish what a phone message might have once done. There is no replacement for a live call, but those connections are becoming fewer and more difficult to achieve. If this last period of pandemic has taught me anything, it has taught me to be flexible and to consider options. Texting is an option that must be considered and used when appropriate. Some candidates will prefer texting to phone calls/messages or even to email.
It would be interesting to learn of the different messages each of you use to be successful in initiating contact with what might be a reluctant or elusive candidate via text. Here are some text messaging templates that might work for you. Please reply if you have a text opener that is working for you.
Introductory Text Template
Hello <candidate fist name>, I saw your >profile/resume/background> on >LinkedIn/etc> and it interests me because I am a recruiter representing clients in search of top talent with experience like yours. Can we open the door to a conversation about your current career and future aspirations? Hope you can spare a few minutes to look forward… <your name and firm name>
There are other great situations to use text with candidates.
Generating Action Text Template
Hi <candidate first name>. I am a recruiter working to fill a <job name> position that is a match to your background. This is a top-rate employer with a strong interest in meeting candidates of your caliber. When is the best time to talk? <your name/firm/phone number>
Screen Questions Text Templates
Hi <candidate first name>. Thanks for your interest in the <position title>. The employer has determined this is a US-based position. Do you currently have legal authorization to work in the US?
Hello <candidate first name>. This <position title> will be based in <location>. Do you currently reside in the area or are you willing to relocate to this required location?
Hi <candidate first name>. I have your LinkedIn profile but the employer will want a detailed resume. Can you forward a resume to me at <email details>? If you need support creating a resume, let me know. I can help.
Interview Scheduling and Confirmation Template
Recruiters can use text to schedule and confirm.
<First name>, your background details have created interest for <company name>. I have been asked to set an interview on <days or date windows>. Please give me the date and time that works best for you. <Your name and contact details>
<First name>, you are confirmed for an interview on <date and time> to meet with <company and person name(s)>. Let me know of any last minute questions or concerns. The location of the interview is <details>. Give me a call on this number if I can help in anyway. Best of luck!
There are obviously thousands of options and ways to use texting in support of recruitment. If you have any text messaging templates for recruiting that have been particularly successful, please share below.