How To Effectively Read A Resume Sep14

How To Effectively Read A Resume

So you have a pile of resumes on your desk — wait, scratch that, this is 2016. So you have an inbox with hundreds of unread emails, and they’re all from candidates interested in working for  your  organization. Cover letters, resumes, portfolios. How will you know if they’re a fit for your position and your organization overall? Here’s how to read between the lines, interpret off the paper, and effectively understand a person’s resume: Don’t Jump To Conclusions Resumes are a story. It is easy to read what’s there and harder to uncover what’s not. Encourage yourself to DIG DEEPER! Gaps between positions and/or career trails don’t always make sense. Don’t let this scare you. There’s almost always a reasonable explanation; consider contract work (the candidate may not have stated this on his/her resume); a Master’s degree (blank space in career may be a forward-move in education/skills); or an illness (people get sick – they also get better). Give the candidate the benefit of the doubt to avoid the assumption that it was because the candidate was an unwanted commodity on the job market. Know Your Companies There should be a part of your brain marked “Glassdoor,” filled with reputations and reviews of the companies in your city and your space — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Before a candidate says “YES” they hopefully have done research themselves on your company. Knowing where a candidate chooses to work will help you better understand how selective they have been and will also give you a window into the types of cultures and companies they work well in. Look for patterns and allow for one-offs. How Important Is Progression? Career progression should be high on your “should-haves” list. You want to see clear advancement; someone who is climbing upwards either within the same...