Listen Now April 6, 2015 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Ben has been trying to fill a position at his company for almost a month. His biggest frustration is that it takes him an entire day to schedule an interview because he keeps playing phone-tag. It seems like every time he calls to schedule a job interview, his call goes straight to voicemail.Based on a study conducted by Jobvite last November, of the 2,084 adults surveyed, 51 percent of people actively seeking a new job are currently employed. Unfortunately, answering a phone call to talk about an interview for new job while at the applicant’s current job is not always possible.Has society reached a point where potential employers can start using text messages as a way of getting in contact with applicants? Yes, says a January report from Software Advice, which found that 43 percent of job seekers younger than 45 years old considered recruiters who use text messaging as professional.Related: 5 Rules for Texting Anyone You Do Business WithThe hiring process has changed. Not too long ago, online applications were not widely used. Now, with more adults using their phones throughout their job search, adding text messaging, when appropriate, is the next logical step. Here are five reasons implementing text messaging into the hiring process is not a waste of time:1. Mobile phones are becoming invaluable assets in the job search.Jobvite also found 47 percent of Millennials surveyed use mobile devices in their job search because it allows them to search for jobs almost anywhere. More apps are being developed specifically for the job search. Users typically can send push notifications to themselves when there are new job leads. Text messages are essentially a business’s way of sending a push notification alerting the candidate that they are being considered for the next step in the hiring process.Sending a text message to confirm the time and any directions the applicant may need when arriving for the interview can help eliminate confusion when they get to the office.2. Nearly all adults have a cell phone.Most cell phone plans now feature unlimited text messaging. The fear that a candidate may not be able to text is almost nonexistent. In January 2014, the Pew Research Center reported that 90 percent of adults have a cell phone.Ben had reached out to April by email to request a sample of her writing. When she responded with her samples late on a Thursday, she mentioned she would be willing to give Ben additional samples should he need them but couldn’t check her personal email again until late Friday night.Ben was impressed with her writing but felt the pieces were too similar. Instead of sending an email asking for a different writing sample, he sent April a text letting her know he was interested in seeing more of her work. She responded quickly and was able to send it during her lunch hour.Had Ben sent an email instead of a text, he wouldn’t have been able to schedule an interview with April the same day and would have had to wait for her response the following week.Related: The Jury Is Still Out on Texting for Professional Communication3. The number of connected devices is expected to grow.As people become more dependent on their mobile devices, the likelihood of getting rid of a cell phone becomes highly unlikely. For now, the trend shows that people are only going to increase the number of mobile devices they own.A study conducted by ABI Research on behalf of Verizon in February found that by 2020, the number of connected devices is expected to increase to 5.4 billion from 1.2 billion in 2015.Many tablets now include texting capabilities. With the latest updates from Apple, iPad users are able to send and receive messages from their tablet. Android phone users can also download an app to their tablet that lets them send and receive texts from their regular phone number.4. 1.3 billion smartphones were sold last year.Top cell phone manufacturers release at least one new phone model every year. As brand loyalty grows, consumers have proven they will upgrade to the latest phone, even if the phone they use still works.The International Data Corporation reported in February that 1.3 billion smartphones were sold worldwide in 2014. While some technology is here one minute and gone the next, smartphones are not likely to be a passing fad.Something Ben should keep in mind throughout his hiring process is the access to Internet each candidate may have. Released in April, the Pew Research Center that 15 percent of people who own smartphones have limited access to the Internet outside of their phone.If the main way applicants are in contact with Ben is by email, communication will move slowly. While making a phone call is usually effective, for a quick conversation, texting can be useful.5. Software to safely text candidates is available.Using software like TextRecruit, potential employers can text job candidates throughout the application process. TextRecruit tracks the average open and response rate so recruiters know when a candidate receives the text. This eliminates confusion during the waiting period from the time a recruiter attempts to contact a candidate to when they hear back. TextRecruit allows people like Ben to not only schedule interviews and communicate individually with candidates, but also send mass texts about new openings within the company. If recruits are only looking for jobs when they have free time, Ben could sit and wait for candidates to eventually find his job posting. Instead, sending a text informs them there is an opening, and they can decide to proceed with the application process in a timely manner.As always, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome with adopting any new technology is determining the risks associated with it. TextRecruit sets up a number that the text messages are sent from. Candidates will not be able to call the number back and will only be allowed to communicate via text. This will stop the over-eager applicants from following up on the application they submitted.Related: The Rules of Business Texting
It is almost a year ago that Lady Cecil took over the running of Warren Place in Newmarket after the death of her celebrated husband Sir Henry, who finished his career by training the equine giant Frankel. It is only at the age of five that Frankel’s younger brother has started to emerge from his sibling’s shadow and he reaped the benefit of an aggressive ride from James Doyle, also successful in the colours of Khalid Abdullah on Kingman in Saturday’s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas. Press Association Noble Mission and Magician went off the even-money joint-favourites and the runner-up was closing by the post, but the all-the-way leader had built up a clear advantage with a telling turn of foot at the top of the straight and was able to hold on by a length and a quarter. Beaten by Cubanita on his reappearance at Newbury, Noble Mission had started to earn a slightly dubious reputation, but front-running tactics worked a treat when he hammered Telescope in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown, after which he got the better of the same rival in the Huxley at Chester. As was tradition at Warren Place under Sir Henry’s regime, a flag will now be raised at the yard to celebrate a Group One triumph for the team. Lady Cecil said: “It’s great for all the staff at Warren Place. Our big aim was to win a Group One race and to raise the flag for Henry. I’m very emotional now. I’ve almost 30 horses for Prince Khalid (Abdullah), and without the horses you just can’t do it. “I’ll have to talk to Teddy (Grimthorpe, the owner’s racing manager) but, to be honest, we didn’t think past this about where he might next go. He’s in the Eclipse at Sandown, but we’ll have to see how he comes out of this first.” Grimthorpe added: “To win a Group One with Frankel’s brother, it’s a great tribute to those at Warren Place and huge for Juddmonte. It really is a very special day. “We fell upon the (front-running) plan at Sandown because of needs, but it worked again at Chester so we thought must try it again here. “We need to sit down and have some good thoughts now. He’s had four quite tough races, we might need to give him a little bit of a breather, but that’s up to Jane. It’s a huge win.” Aidan O’Brien said of Magician: “The race was in trouble of losing its Group One status. The ground was far from ideal, but we had to run as it would be very detrimental to Irish racing to lose a Group One race. Joseph looked after him.” Noble Mission gave Lady Cecil a poignant first Group One success as he continued his own remarkable transformation in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
Diego Costa will return up front for Chelsea against Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday as Jose Mourinho tries to manage the striker’s fragile hamstrings.Mourinho opted to select the Spain striker, who has scored seven times in four Premier League matches this term, only as a substitute in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Schalke in Champions League Group G.The £32million summer signing from Atletico Madrid is not ready to play more than one game a week, according to Mourinho, after a hamstring problem recurred while on international duty earlier this month.“Everybody’s ready to play,” Mourinho said.“Diego is not in the best conditions, but he will start the game. He plays this game, he cannot play against Bolton. It’s as simple as that.“I know clearly that we have to try to protect him until he gets completely fit.” Diego Costa 1
After a week-long fact-finding mission, Reporters Without Borders appealed to the UN Security Council on 25 October to ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) to consider the grave press freedom situation in the country. It demanded an immediate international investigation of the abuses committed by both government and rebel forces in the current conflict.It said the threats and attacks on journalists and destruction of their property since the troubles began on 19 September were serious violations of humanitarian law that could be tried and punished by the ICC even though Côte d’Ivoire had not yet ratified the ICC statute.Reporters Without Borders also urged the Ivorian authorities to give protection to media requesting it and to restore the FM reception facilities for foreign radio stations RFI, the BBC and Africa No. 1, which Ivorians have not been able to hear for more than a month now.It asked the Ivorian communications ministry to see that state radio and TV employees removed because of their ethic origin or political opinions were allowed to return to their jobs at once.The events of 19 September plunged Côte d’Ivoire into the grimmest period of its history. An attempted coup d’état turned into a wholesale uprising by rebels who now control part of the country. The media have been attacked by both the armed forces and police and by the rebels. No media currently feels safe.The foreign press under broad attackIvorian officials early on accused foreign journalists of being in league with the rebels and their intention of “destabilising” the country. The foreign media can be criticised but nothing justifies the virulent attacks on it by the authorities and sections of both the privately-owned and government media. Sometimes named people are targeted and this creates an climate of lawlessness which on occasion leads to physical attacks.Nearly all foreign journalists the fact-finding mission met said these repeated threats had seriously affected their freedom of movement. Several who had covered other conflicts in Africa said the situation was unprecedented. A French freelance radio producer working for the Radio France Outre-Mer (RFO) was held for six days without explanation by Ivorian security officials.Local media threatenedIn the course of a month, two media offices have been ransacked, several journalists physically attacked and countless anonymous threats received by staff. Despite requests, the authorities have not taken effective measures to guarantee the safety of journalists. Communications minister Séry Bailly has simply said that “the safest thing for journalists is to report the news in a proper manner.” This remark has encouraged self-censorship, which has now become routine in the local media.Xenophobic media”We Ivorian journalists have set the scene for this war,” the former editor of a local daily said recently. “We must take responsibility for that. Our diatribes and hate-filled language have filled Ivorian heads with the idea of war.”The foreign press, France and opposition figure Alassane Dramane Ouattara are the targets of some pro-government papers. Le National is once again the most vicious, stepping up its attacks, calling for violence and hurling insults. The paper is a true mouthpiece of hatred. Other papers are guilty too. The pro-government daily Notre Voie and L’oeil du Peuple regularly pour oil on the flames.The attitude of the government mediaSeveral local journalists said the government media were playing an unhealthy role in the crisis. As organs of official propaganda, they are not helping to calm things down and are seriously misinforming the public. By reporting only one side of things and making warmongering comments, their journalists are poisoning the situation even more.Ethnic and political purgesImmediately after the 19 September attempted coup, several dozen staff of the state-controlled radio and TV were no longer allowed to work. Officially, this was said to be for their own safety, but several laid-off journalists said it was because they allegedly supported the opposition Republican Rally (RDR) party or were born in the north of the country. Two government TV journalists, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reporters Without Borders they had been deliberately pushed out. “All the laid-off staff are northerners or supposed RDR members. Nearly all those remaining are from the Bete tribe.”The rebels control the news tooIn the rebel-ruled part of the country, journalists are not much better off. Foreign reporters are less vulnerable than the few Ivorian journalists working in the area. The rebels have well understood the importance of controlling the news and on 21 October they set up their own TV station. It too simply relays propaganda all day, including meetings of the rebel Côte d’Ivoire Patriotic Movement (MPCI) and the speeches of its leaders. to go further News RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections News Reporters Without Borders issued a report on press freedom in Côte d’Ivoire called “Exaggerated patriotism and the smearing of the foreign media,” in which it urged the UN Security Council to refer the serious situation there to the International Criminal Court. 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