How To Read a Resume For The Real Story

When engaging in the process of reading through resume after resume, there are some key areas we recommend you pay attention to.  It can be hard to get beneath the surface of the applicant, but we have found a formula to help you stay focused to pull out the real story on an equal playing field of applicants.  This will help you separate the A-Players from the average applicants.

First thing to pay attention to: did the applicant pay attention to the job description and requirements.  You can see this within the first few lines of the resume.  Job seekers should always state a goal or give a brief statement on how their resume is relevant to the job.  If the primary requirement for the job is “experience in listening to an iPod,” an A-Player candidate will specifically mention this in the introduction or objective section.

While reading through the resume, pay attention to grammar and spelling errors.  This is a huge red flag.  If you are really sifting through trying to find a GREAT employee, knowing they pay attention to detail is a must.  A less than average applicant will rush and not run spell check.  Which type of employee do you want representing your company?

Experience is never over-rated.  Getting an employee who has already been trained or knows how to implement the job description can save an organization hours upon hours of time.  Not only time, but you are lowering the risk of failure and loss revenue from work not being done the right way, the first time.  Quickly scan to find the skills and experience being asked for in the job description.

Most importantly when looking at a handful of candidates pay attention to detail.  Don’t get caught up in the ambiguous sales pitch.  Potential employees, who make careless mistakes in application materials such as resumes, do not warrant the attention that a more careful candidate deserves.

If you have any questions or related comments, I’d love to hear them.  Please leave a comment!

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