How to Examine a Resume in the Most Effective Way

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Resume review is an art form. It requires skill to review hundreds of resumes in a timely manner. Your time is valuable, and you can't afford to waste it sifting through resumes. Do you believe there is room for improvement? So, here's how to master the art of resume screening.

Sort qualified and unqualified candidates quickly.
Create a job description that you may use as a starting point for the qualifications you're searching for in a candidate before you begin. You will save time during the first screening process if you take the time to write a clear job description. Make a list of the abilities, experience, and education required for the position. You may quickly sort the resumes into yes, no, and maybe categories using this check list.

Watch for potential red flags
Some resumes contain warning signs of potential problems that may outweigh a candidate’s abilities and experience. These are the biggest red flags to look for as you evaluate resumes:

  • Job-hopping excessively — Job hopping may indicate ambition. However, too many employers in a short period of time may indicate an uncommitted employee. People quit employment for a variety of reasons, but because you'll be investing time and money into on boarding and training new employees, you need to ensure it'll be worthwhile.
  • Incorrect grammar — Nobody is perfect. Simple grammatical errors, on the other hand, may indicate that an applicant did not spend enough time on their CV prior to applying for your available position. It doesn't have to be a deal-breaker, but it should be taken seriously.
  • Gaps in employment — Job gaps aren't always as dreadful as they appear. The candidate, on the other hand, should investigate and explain them.

Be strict yet not rigid.
You must be meticulous in qualifying candidates based on the requirements and expectations you have established. That does not imply that you must be rigid in your selection process. Let's imagine you've decided that you want a candidate from a specific industry. You read over the resume of a candidate that has a lot of experience and all the skills you need, but they lack the specific industry experience you require. Do you rule out that candidate as a result? If you are too inflexible, you may miss out on applicants that have great potential and may make a significant contribution to your team.

Examine The Resume's Overall Experience
Resumes must be properly formatted and readable. It's not a good sign if you feel like you're looking at a page covered in hieroglyphics.  

Tailored messages
A resume with a message designed specifically for your job posting demonstrates the candidate's seriousness about applying for your position. When applying for different positions, serious contenders modify their resumes. If a candidate has contributed keywords, specific qualifications and certifications, or other noteworthy portions of the job post, they are serious about the position.

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