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7 Rules for Reading Resumes

You have an open position in your team. You put out a job posting and a flood of resumes have arrived. What would a small business expert recommend for wading through the piles of resumes on your desk (or in your email)?

Rules for Reviewing Resumes

Here are seven rules you can use while reviewing resumes. They will assist you in sorting out who you should interview and who is not worth your time.

  1. Know what you are looking for and stick to those parameters. You can use your job posting as your checklist, if necessary. If you are looking for 5 years of experience, for example, don’t accept any less.
  2. Take a first pass through all resumes. This initial pass involves quickly reviewing each resume and sorting them into three piles: those that clearly don’t qualify for the position, those that might meet your parameters and those that clearly deserve further scrutiny. This will eliminate up to 80% of the resumes.
  3. Look for a customized cover letter (or email equivalent). If someone has taken the time to research your company and the position available, it will be reflected in the cover letter.
  4. Review each resume for a professional appearance and content. Poor grammar and spelling errors are unprofessional. Other red flags include no contact information, using an employer’s email address, or using an inappropriate email handle.
  5. Each resume should include an objective statement. This is where the candidate can indicate the kind of position he wants, skills he is bringing, the industries he is interested in, and his future career objectives. If the objective statement does not fit your open position, you should pass on that resume.
  6. Look at the candidate’s job history. The latest position should be either at the current level of the position you have open, or a position immediately below that with plenty of experience behind it. You should also consider if the candidate has jumped jobs frequently, has gaps in employment, or is making a major career change.
  7. Go with your gut. If you have a resume in hand that seems too good to be true, it likely is. Resumes are a place where many job candidates exaggerate or outright lie about their experience. Set those resumes aside that you have suspicions about. If you want to interview this person, check their references first to be sure that the claims are true. Also, you may find that you have plenty of other candidates available, so you don’t need to waste time on these.

Use these rules to make filling your open position easier. For more helpful hiring tips click here now. 

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