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Employer HR Tips – Vetting Resumes

How to vet resumes

Looking for a better way to vet potential employees? Take a look at July’s Employer HR Tips to streamline your process of vetting resumes!

Categorize resume bulk:

When faced with a stack of resumes, it can be intimidating when you’re trying to find that one perfect candidate. The easiest way to weed out the 75%-80% of unqualified candidates for the job is by quickly looking to see if they meet your minimum requirements laid out in your job description. Check to see if they meet your required education background, work experience, or certifications before proceeding to vet them further. After the resumes have been thinned out, search deeper to find candidates that meet your preferred requirements. This would include a trait, skill, or experience you value in your ideal candidate. You and your team should decide on your ideal candidate before vetting resumes. Searching for preferred requirements can take candidates from a ‘maybe’ to a ‘yes’!

Analyze work history:

When looking at a candidate’s work history, the first thing to search for is whether the experience matches the skills needed for the job opening. Even if it’s not in the specific field, see if the skills they have listed are relevant or transferrable to the job you’re hiring for. Also look for any skills or certifications that would make them even more eligible for the job. Even if it’s not formal work experience, any type of independent project or accomplishment in a field related to the job should be considered as a relevant job experience. Watch out for inconsistent work history such as job hopping (staying at a position for less then a year, for some industries this could be less then 2 year to 3 years), gaps, or short term employment without explanation. A spotty work history is an indicator of an unreliable and undependable employee. 

Check educational requirements:

A potential hire’s education should also be consistent with your job description and ideal candidate. Education requirements depend on the job and what kind of education is important to you as the employer. Their educational background is insight to the candidate’s foundation and whether or not they’ve grown or diversified in that field. An exemplary candidate should not only meet the education requirements, but go above and beyond that to show what they can accomplish given that foundation. If the candidate has also been educated in another field, along with the one required, that should be considered as an asset to potentially diversify the position and help the company grow with their added knowledge and experience.

Look for errors:

One of the easiest ways to weed out unprofessional and uncommitted job applicants is to look for blatant spelling and grammar errors when vetting resumes. Misspelled words and sloppy formatting implies that the candidate doesn’t care very much about the position and perhaps is only in it for the paycheck. These types of mistakes are especially bad if the job you’re screening for is in the field of writing in any way. That is a surefire sign of someone that isn’t serious about the job and giving it his or her all. It also speaks to a candidate’s attention to detail, which is important in all lines of work. Attentiveness is paramount in ensuring not a job well done, but a job perfectly done. 

Did they include a relevant cover letter:

If you required a cover letter did the candidate provide one? Also consider if the cover letter was customized to the job they applied for and not a generic boiler plate cover letter. A good cover letter will state the position they are applying for, how they found the job ad, and why their skills match the required skills of the job advertised.