Two years ago, a few (possibly apocryphal) stories were running about recruiters hiring candidates through the use of text messages. One story came from Steven Rothberg, who talked about using text messaging to improve your college recruiting.
Well, it's anecdotal, but I just heard about a person getting a multi-million dollar job offer through a text message. And they don't work for Google.
Enter Rachel Bilson, one of the stars of the O.C., who is re-emerging in the new film, Jumper. Reports from SMS Text News are saying she was hired through a text message. The report is originally from the TImes of India, and it says:
She says, “I was at my cousin’s wedding in Tennessee and I got a text message. I guess it’s the new way to cast someone in a movie — the director just text messages you. It’s not bad, I wouldn’t mind if it happened more often. Doug sent me a text message and asked me what I was doing. I went, ‘Literally, right now?
I’m at my cousin’s wedding.’ And he messaged, ‘Well, what are you doing this autumn? Are you gonna come be in my movie?’ I was like, ‘I’m going to have to talk to some people about that. Hopefully it will work out.’ And it did.”
Now that Hollywood is on the bandwagon, can corporate HR be far behind? Put away those stuff envelopes with your formal letters. If you can't say you hired in 160 characters or less, you're not going to get the top talent.