OMG. Insurer notes failure for jobseekers using txt shorthandReprints
DYJHIW people use text shorthand when applying for a job?
That’s short for ‘don’t you just hate it when’ and one insurer said recently that many jobseekers are failing at the first stage of the recruitment process because of their use of text shorthand.
Cardiff, Wales-based auto insurer Admiral — a trading name for EUI Ltd. — recently gave evidence to the Welsh Assembly’s Enterprise and Business Committee that many job hunters are failing at the stage of filling out application forms because of their use of text message-style abbreviations.
A spokesperson for the company told the Daily Mail that while the company does not ask for formal qualifications, it does expect a certain standard of spelling and grammar on application forms.
The company — one of the United Kingdom’s largest auto insurers — has received forms containing phrases such as “U r a gr8 company 2 work 4” and “btw am out of work atm,” according to the Daily Mail.
In a report, the Welsh Assembly committee said that many young people were confused about how to find and apply for job vacancies.
The Monmouthshire Youth Service, which also offered evidence to the committee, said that many young people are leaving formal education with little idea of how to construct a resume or apply for jobs.
While there is work to be done in helping jobseekers to better present themselves in applications, they may be left saying OMG and TTYL to employers who certainly are not LOL with those using text shorthand.