So what can you do to reduce the time needed in screening through those piles of resume? How can you efficiently identify top talent just by going through their resumes and avoid bringing in the wrong candidates for your interview sessions?
Below are 6 (infographic) tips in what to look out for in a resume:
1. Create a checklist
You need to know the required skills and abilities of the open position. Discuss this with the department’s supervisor/hiring manager. Also consider the work culture of your organisation. Always start by creating a checklist of requirements. For example, a five-year experience requirements or a mandatory ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) license for accounting jobs will help you weed out a number of unqualified resumes right away.
2. Tailored resume
Apart from being error-free, look for talents who actually spend time and effort tailoring their resumes to address the specific skills as stated in your job descriptions. Another good sign is if the resume comes attached with a tailored cover letter. This demonstrates how serious the candidate is towards applying for the said position rather than submitting a general resume/cover letter that he or she sends out to multiple employers and jobs at the same time.
3. Passion for learning
Top talents are not just good on paper; they are often self-motivated and have a passion for learning. These are the ones who would continuously seek to progress and improve themselves. Look out for candidates who are pursuing further education or in the midst of taking a professional certificate relevant to their industry, or have participated in any form of volunteering work and mentally challenging activities. Also check to see if the resume displays any good traits of the candidate, such as willing to go above and beyond what his or her initial job requires.
Your ideal candidate should be professional and make a good impression from the very beginning. He or she should display a sense of responsibility in making sure their resumes are free from formatting errors and without grammatical and spelling mistakes. A well-designed, attention-to-detail resume shows the time, effort and commitment given by the candidate in applying for the said position, some of the necessary skills that are required by any job.
5. Partnering with leading online talent sourcing partners
If you do not have a recruitment team or lack the time and resources to go through piles of resume, you may opt to partner with the leading online talent sourcing partners such as JobStreet.com that can help you scan out the best candidates, saving you precious time and money. In addition, some recruitment firms provide add-on functions such as keeping candidates informed as you screen through their resumes, helping you achieve the status of a responsive employer, attracting more candidates at the same time.
In short, you’ll want to avoid spending time on those general bunch, applicants who just want or need “a job”. Your aim is to recruit the best candidate, people who are self-motivated and possess not just the skills, but the right work attitude. Identifying top talent through a pile of resume is not an easy task in today’s highly competitive recruitment job market but it can be done efficiently simply by implementing some of these few simple tips.
6. Growth & accomplishments
Top talents should ideally display a certain degree of proactive growth in their career progression. For example, they may have been promoted in their previous work experience from a junior position to a senior role. In addition, they should also possess some relevant accomplishments. Ensure that these notable accomplishments are relevant to the job position as well. For example, an award for creativity would be more suitable for a marketing position than an analyst role.