Rapidly reviewing dozens of resumes comes down to the ability to make one important decision as quickly as possible: Yes, or no? Either a candidate has the qualities that you want, or it’s time to move on to the next resume. With experience, you should be able to move quickly, rapidly distinguishing between talented and risky applicants. Here’s how you can make it through your next stack of resumes.

Define Your Goals

If all you have in mind is a title and job description, it will be impossible to sort through your applicants. Instead, think deeply about what you want your new hire to achieve. What did you like about the last employee to hold the position? Why did they choose to leave, or why did you have to terminate them? Likewise, if there are specific skills or licensure that will be required from day one, you can immediately reject applicants who don’t meet these basic requirements. For example, if your company uses unique software, machinery or equipment, candidates with applicable experience should move to the front of the pack.

Red Flags When Reviewing Resumes

·         A lack of achievements

A worker can have extensive, long-term experience in a field without ever making a significant contribution to their workplace. Such workers may not drag your company into the ground, but they are also unlikely to help you grow and improve. In contrast, a driven employee may have only a few months or years of experience, but may already have proven they are capable of achieving great things.

·         Resume gaps

There are legitimate reasons for a candidate to step away from their career for a short time, just as there are innocent explanations for gaps on a resume. Regardless, it’s unwise to ignore resume gaps entirely. Was the applicant away from the field long enough to lose crucial skills? Does their history show a lack of dedication to their career? All other factors being equal, candidates who can show they have stuck to their career are a safer long-term choice.

·         Job hopping

As with resume gaps, there are valid excuses for a talented candidate to move quickly from one job to another. In fact, as long as an applicant can show they had a positive impact and made valuable contributions at each job, you could even choose to view job hopping as insignificant, or even as a positive quality. When job hopping is paired with a lack of achievements, however, it likely indicates a lack of responsibility and drive, and should be viewed as dangerous.

The most important time saver when reviewing resumes is to ensure every resume that reaches your desk belongs to a high-quality candidate. At All Quality Labor, we take pride in matching talented light industrial candidates with the businesses that need their skills. To learn more about our comprehensive, cost-effective staffing services, contact us today.

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