Evaluating a slew of resumes can be difficult, especially if you’re not sure what to look for. Luckily, it isn’t difficult to set up a resume checklist to ensure you read through every one thoroughly and ultimately hire the right person for the job.
Before you even start sorting through a pile of resumes, make sure you’ve put together a checklist of requirements. For example, five-year experience requirements or a mandatory CPA license for accounting jobs will help you eliminate a number of resumes right away.
The first thing to check is how the candidate formatted the resume. Applicants should realize that you’re looking through plenty of resumes in search of the perfect individual. It is best practice for candidates to send in clearly formatted, easy-to-read resumes when applying for a job. If the information seems scattered, it could be an immediate sign the individual might not be organized or concise. In addition to formatting, another resume basic is spelling and grammar. Typos, similarly, should be red flags on any resume.
From here, you get to the meat of the resume. Education should be toward the top of the resume, and is definitely something to pay attention to. Depending on the position you’re hiring for, make sure to identify educational requirements and match them with the resumes you’re reading.
When you get to the work experience portion, there are several things you should keep an eye out for. For example, make sure the individual’s job history is consistent. Bouncing around between jobs and uneven terms of employment could be issues. Additionally, from job to job there should be an indication of professional growth. This sort of progression will, in part, take the form of personal achievements. But your applicant pool may be large, and growth and achievements may not be enough for you. In this case, look for added value – or resumes that indicate individuals who are willing to go above and beyond for their companies.
Finally, if you hope to hire quick, make sure to consider location. Candidates are often willing to relocate, but if you need to fill a position quickly, be sure to narrow resumes down to applicants who live close by.