When you have a job opening, you want to get the hiring process started as soon as you can. After all, going through resumes, phone interviews, in-person interviews and making a final decision is a time consuming process. One of the first steps you will take to get your ideal employee is to acquire resumes from prospective candidates.
After eliminating any candidates who don’t have your non-negotiable qualities (degree, location, etc) you will be left with your final candidates (and ultimately, who you will hire). How can you make sure you quickly and efficiently select the best people to take to the next stage?
The format and layout that the candidate uses to display their information is one of the first ways you can tell if you have a good candidate or not. Look for people who displayed their resume in an easy to read format. If you have to look too hard to find the information you’re looking for, you might think about passing. If there are misspellings or an incorrect use of grammar, they also need to be taken out of consideration.
Also, the resume should reflect the type of position you’re looking for. If you are hiring a graphic designer, their resume should reflect their design skills. But if you are hiring a project manager, their resume should be very structured and organized. Consider your position and what you want to see in a resume.
If there are certain skills or technologies you are looking for in your potential employee, do a quick keyword search on your candidate’s resumes. Obviously, your ideal candidate will have these skills regardless. Sometimes, people might have those skills but not have them highlighted or listed on their resume. A good candidate will tailor their resume to match the description of their desired job with these skills listed at the top or highlighted somehow. Anyone who does not have the skills and knowledge you require on their resume should not be considered.
Technology makes it easy for job candidates to show off their work. If you’re hiring for a job where someone can link to a portfolio or send you their work, you should be looking for that on a resume. Especially in the IT industry, it’s not uncommon for professionals to have digital resumes or bodies of work. You may consider qualifying candidates who have their resume digitally optimized. Also, having social media links to their LinkedIn or Twitter page is a plus but not having them shouldn’t rule them out either.
4.) Bonus Points
When looking at a candidates resume, obviously you’re looking for their skills and experience, but you should look beyond that too. See if they have won any awards or belong to any local organizations. This will tell you more about their personality. Granted, not all people put their extracurricular activities on their resume, but it gives you more insight into what kind of person they are.
Going through resumes for your open job can be overwhelming and a lot of work. You need to be thorough and quick when looking at resumes to guarantee getting top talent. When you find a select number of people that have the above attributes, try to go through the hiring process as quickly as possible. In today’s IT market, candidates are being snatched up quickly. Make your decision and add a great new employee to your team.