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Employers Saying 'C-ya, LOL' To Generation Text

Hey dude - Id like to apply 4 the sales job. Heres my resame. Would like an interveiw ASAP since Im going skeeing on friday. Just text me since I dont check email. Tnx. Later.

Have you received a job application like this one yet? If not, don't worry. You'll get your turn soon.

Welcome to the 21st Century job market, where young people are applying for jobs via text! It's the hip new thing to do. These young applicants are being dubbed "Generation Text," and they're annoying employers in a huge way:
Regardless of the cause, some experts say many of today's young adults are thin on the skills and etiquette required for interviewing.

"We call them 'Generation Text'," says Mary Milla, a US communications consultant and media trainer.

"Voicemail is out, email is too slow, so now they're texting, and their spelling is awful."

Young applicants say they play by different rules and employers must face the fact that the world is changing. Yes it is changing, but have people under 30 looked at their generation's high unemployment rate? It's not changing very fast. Neither do employers change very fast when it comes to their hiring procedures. There's still a fairly rigid process that comes along with applying for a job, even in the Internet age. Gen X managers are looking for a sense of professionalism in applicants, and texting them a resume that includes poor punctuation and a shocking level of informality isn't going to cut it. Unless your goal is to leave them ROTFL, that is. LOL.


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