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JRL Executive Recruiters
Offices in: Liberty, MO & Altanta, GA

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Reading a Resume

A Resume is just a piece of paper.  Very good candidates will sometimes write the worst resumes are while some of the very well crafted resumes belong to people you would not want on your payroll.  

Resumes are great predictors of future behavior.  Does the resume highlight accomplishments for previous employers? As a reviewer you should be looking for qualities that set an applicant apart from others.  Did they achieve more than would be expected in a given job role. No one wants to review a resume which reads like a job description. What did they do to personalize their experiences for each company?

Resumes indicate what the candidate did and therefore what that candidate is likely to do again.  If you are looking for the right person to join your staff, approach each resume with an eye for what is possible. 

More importantly, try to see each submission as a person worthy of your respect and time. Strive to give each resume more than the usual 5 second glance. You, or your recruiter, should make contact with as many technically qualified candidates as possible. Engineers do not have a reputation for developing outstanding resumes – some interviews with persons who have average looking resumes can be a pleasant surprise. Each resume represents a unique person.

Look for resumes that are organized, logical, consistently formatted, and contain no typos. Look for your minimum technical qualifications. Avoiding the "elimination mindset" may reveal your next high achiever probably has slightly less or more than your ideal experience range. You will not know until you talk with them, so give them the benefit of the doubt early on in the process. Recognize patterns of behavior and logical career progression.  Don't be quite so anxious to engage the “eliminating mindset.”  Be open to hearing why a candidate may have a short-term position or some other seemingly negative issue on their resume. In summary, a less judgmental approach provides a better candidate selection.

Provide a prompt response to applicants, ideally within 48 hours of their resume submission. If you allow more than 2 business days to go by without replying, the candidate will most likely have a lower level of interest than when they first submitted their resume. Your ability to respond in a timely fashion to resume submissions shows you care and will set you apart from your competition. The majority of resumes submitted today are either never responded to or receive cursory and/or automated responses. While the current market conditions favor the Employer, past experience shows there will come a time when the reverse is true. A timely personal response will improve your company’s reputation in the local employment market, which will ultimately help you attract better talent in the long term.