A resume is typically the first contact an employer has with a potential employee. Given the current economic environment and the number of applicants vying for the same position, knowing the crucial points to look for in a resume is more important than ever to ensure that you are hiring the right person for the job.
Job postings can often attract hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes. The first step to thinning the stack is to check for spelling errors. If the resume contains more than two misspellings, the candidate may show the same level of neglect in other tasks. Use large gaps in employment as the next point of elimination, because these gaps may indicate an underlying issue. This also applies to candidates with short periods of employment at many different companies, indicating a candidate who may not be interested or able to perform long term. Of those remaining, choose resumes listing job experience relevant to the position for which you are hiring. At this point, the stack should be much smaller and better able to provide you with a concrete hiring base.
Contact those applicants whose resume shows initiative, creativity, excellent communication skills, and the ability to think outside the box. These employees are the backbone of a company. For additional information on resumes, please refer to the links on this Business.com page.