Emojis can be scary. That's right, those loveable little icons we find in text messages and email subject lines can carry all sorts of meanings. Here's how to use them to your advantage.
Emojis can help personalize and differentiate your messages from others, and in the right situations can increase response rates. Many TextRecruit customers are using them to increase branding, lead more informal conversations and build stronger relationships. Here's how to get started:
How do I find emojis?
Chances are that you already have emojis on your computer and phone. Here is how to access emojis on any device:
For PC's: Right-click on the task bar > check the "show touch keyboard button" > click on the smiley face and choose your emoji
For Mac's: Hit the command, control and space bar all the same time
For Chrome: Emoji Input is a great Chrome Extension for adding emojis directly from your browser. Lots of other great options out there as well.
For iPhone: Tap Settings > General > Keyboard. Tap Keyboards. Tap Add New Keyboard. Tap Emoji.
For Android: Open your Settings menu >Tap on "Language and Input." > Go to "Android Keyboard" (or "Google Keyboard") > Click on "Settings." > Scroll down to "Add-on Dictionaries." > Tap on "Emoji for English Words" to install it.
When are emojis appropriate?
Great, you have loaded up your emojis! But before you start conducting entire conversations with emojis, consider when it really makes sense to use them.
Yes - if it represents your brand or when you have already exchanged a few messages. For example, if you are hiring sailors you might put an ⚓ in your message, but not just a smiley face. Once you have broken the ice, emojis can fit in more naturally with the conversational flow.
No - when you are discussing serious subjects. Emojis can be easily misinterpreted and if you are texting about important issues, you don't want to cause any confusion.
Yes - when you are running out of space in your message. Emojis can sum up emotions and feelings in a single character, which can be valuable when you are trying to keep your texts under 160 characters.
No - when you are sending messages internationally. Not every culture interprets emojis the same way and it's best to check up before sending mixed messages abroad.
Yes - when you are messaging younger candidates and employees, and want to personalize messages. The U.S. Marine Corps just started texting recruits with American Flag emoji to add branding to their messages.
No - when your employer says no to them. Many employers carry style guides for their employees that prohibit the use of emojis, and, in that case, it's best to stay away.
What does that emoji mean?
There is no shame in double checking an emojis meaning before you include it in a text. Additionally, you might receive emojis in texts you need help deciphering. Look no further than our explanations of the most commonly used emojis:
- The smiling face with heart-shaped eyes means "I love this!" Expect to send or receive a lot of these when sending job offers, bonus checks, and other good news.
- The winking face with the tongue sticking out means "I'm being a little zany and joking around." This can be useful when you want to let someone that know you're just kidding.
- The face with tears of joy means "That's hilarious, I can't stop laughing." Since "LOL" was retired in the late 90's this emoji picks up right where it left off.
- The face with real tears means "That's so sad." Let's face it, you never want to have to send or receive this type of emoji, but it's good to have in your toolkit nonetheless.
- The winking face implies humor in your message. Some emojis just speak for themselves.
Wondering about an emoji not on this list? Check out the Emojipedia to interpret even the most obscure emojis.
Hopefully, this guide adds some clarity on how and when to use emojis in your texts. Please add your own ideas on how to use emojis for HR and recruiting in the comments section below.
If you want to learn how to send even more amazing texts to candidates and employees you will probably also want to download our free Ultimate Guide to Recruiting by Text. Happy texting !