8. If a resume is hard to read or doesn’t provide enough information to evaluate, then go on to the next one since you should have plenty of good candidates–especially in this economy.
It’s the candidate’s responsibility to prepare a resume that demonstrates his or her qualifications, experience, skill and abilities. So if you cannot find the minimum qualifications for education, years of experience, certifications, etc., on the resume, then you should move on to the next resume.
Of course, you should read a resume carefully to give each candidate a fair opportunity. And for technical, professional or management positions, you’ll have to devote more time to looking for details like tasks completed, projects implemented, responsibilities, efficiencies and objectives reached. These positions may also require a telephone screening process to make sure the candidates are the right match for your organization. Believe it or not, there are still a few jobs for which employers don’t receive hundreds of resumes! For a position like that, you’ll need to screen very carefully if you have a limited number of candidates.
If you aren’t getting enough resumes, it could mean one of two things:
- There is a shortage of people in the field.
- You didn’t do a good job of advertising and recruiting.
In either case, you may want to advertise again and find the right professional organizations to approach about your position.
Remember, finding the right person for your job opening will mean success for your company’s goals and objectives.