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Is the Smiley Face King of email land?

Posted on December 2nd, 2014 by Gecko Recruitment

smiley_faceI openly admit I am naïve with all things technology focused. This is partly why I don’t get the Gen Y, or is it Gen Z now? Which letter are we up to now? Who determines this anyway?  It has only been 10 years since I graduated from University but my recent exposure to fresh graduates has left me a little bewildered.

We are currently looking at graduates for numerous trainee level recruitment consultant positions. Sifting through the mountain of applications I carefully pick the lucky 12 to interview. I start emailing the unsuccessful pile, to thank them for replying.  A handful respond thanking me for my time, but to my horror at the end of the sentence  a big smiley yellow face beams at me. I wouldn’t know how to insert a smiley face on my emails, let alone feel comfortable sending one to a person that I have never met before. I brush this aside and with earnest start interviewing would be recruiters. Excited by the enthusiasm and general understanding that a job in recruitment is all about the satisfaction of helping someone gain employment I start whittling my list down to the most sales savvy commercially focused applicants.

I appreciate that after meeting  me (I am after all very laid back approachable kind of gal), email correspondence might become a little more informal. I brace myself while arranging second round interviews, giving interview feedback and sending company information. My smiley face nightmare turns into reality. Every ping of an email hitting my inbox brings a new level of happiness. Sometimes two faces, some laughing, some bemused. When I’ve done something really spectacular I get them at the beginning and at the end of the sentence. Lucky me!

When did this become the norm? Am I over reacting?

Why not express your happiness with a little smiley face? If we were talking on the phone or face to face I would instantly be able to tell how that person was feeling – no need for radical smile emotions. Email has replaced  face to face time  and from experience I know how many emails I have sent could be taken completely  out of context. Perhaps a smiley face would have instantly let the receiver know how happy I was about engaging in a long drawn out email chain.

If only I knew where that smiley face button was. Until then, I’m going to stick to the phone.

By Ali Moores
Gecko Recruitment

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