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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

8 Things to Look for in a Resume

If you really want to know whether a job applicant is worth your time to meet in person, there are eight key points you should focus on in their resume.

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Most hiring authorities take between 60 and 90 seconds to make a decision as to whether they want to see that applicant in person. Here are eight things you should key in on when it comes to reviewing resumes:

1. The look and feel: By this, I mean how professional the format of the resume looks.
2. The objective statement: Reading this lets you get a sense of the applicant’s career and what they’re really looking for. Sometimes it’s not always the same as what they’re currently doing or what they used to do.
3. Dates of previous positions: Their timeline will give you an idea of their longevity in the roles they’ve previously held and how much career experience they have.
4.Their career path: What were they doing 10 or 15 years ago? How about five years ago? What were their titles? Were they promoted every two to three years? Are they on an upward career path and gaining more responsibility regularly or have they plateaued and taken a step back?
5. The companies they’ve previously been at: Are they companies you know well and have a good brand or a good reputation for hiring talented people? How long did they stay at their companies? If the applicant stayed at their previous companies for three to five years or more in the IT market, that’s a good sign. The past is a great predictor of the future, and if someone has to have a new job every 18 to 24 months, there’s a high probability they’ll only stay that long with you.

The past is a great predictor of the future.

6. Education: It’s always a good idea to look over this section thoroughly.
7. Skills and experience: Do they have the right skills and experience to match up with the job in question?
8. Numbers: By this I mean the quantitative numbers around the people they managed, the budgets they managed, or the money saved and/or brought in.

If you have any questions about this topic, please feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email. I’d be glad to help