Job searches require phone lessons for text-happy students

Lackluster phone skills can be a stumbling block for recent graduates in the job market.

With piles of resumes and cover letters waiting to be sifted through, employers more and more weed out applicants with quick phone calls. That can mean trouble for recent college graduates with overdeveloped texting thumbs.

Teens and college students rely on text messages and eMails as their primary form of communication with friends, making phone calls somewhat of a relic in the college demographic, according to a national survey.

Companies aren’t impressed by timely texts, however, so recent graduates looking for work need to know the finer points of actually speaking to someone, not typing to them, said Lesley Mitler, founder and president of Priority Candidates, a New York-based company that counsels students in their job searches.…Read More