5 Ways to Properly Read a Resume

You may receive dozens of resumes to fill a vacancy at your business. It can be tough to read through each resume and find the ideal candidate. However, you can immediately review a resume and use it to determine if a candidate fits a particular role with the right approach.   

Now, let’s look at five tips to help you read a job candidate’s resume.  

  1. Scan the Resume 

Conduct a brief scan of a resume for terms and phrases that align with your job description. In addition, check for proper grammar and spelling. If a candidate reads a job description and proofreads their resume, they know how to make a positive first impression on a potential employer. At this point, the candidate may be worthy of receiving additional consideration for an interview.   

  1. Assess the Cover Letter

Read a resume and cover letter in conjunction with one another. The cover letter can provide a glimpse into a candidate’s interest in your company. It can also offer insights into their personality. Of course, if a candidate does not include a cover letter, you can always reach out to them for additional information. Or, if you request a cover letter and a candidate does not include one, you may want to remove them from consideration for a role with your business.  

  1. Examine the Candidate’s Skills and Qualifications 

Compare and contrast a candidate’s skills and qualifications to those required for the role they want to land. Often, it helps to review the candidate’s resume with the job description. That way, you can go back and forth between the two to see if the candidate’s skills and qualifications align with those outlined in the description for the job.  

  1. Evaluate the Candidate’s Employment History 

Search for any gaps in a candidate’s employment history. Significant employment gaps can raise red flags. But, keep in mind that you can always reach out to a candidate for more information about these gaps. Because, in some instances, a candidate may have a reasonable explanation for any employment gaps on their resume.   

  1. Search for Terms and Phrases Relating to Your Company 

Look for terms and phrases that indicate a candidate performed research into your company, its mission, and goals. If you find these terms and phrases, it shows that a candidate customized their resume to the role with your business.   

Find the Top Candidates to Fill Roles Across Your Business  

Reading a resume provides a great starting point to find quality job candidates to fill roles across your business. If you are struggling to receive resumes that correspond to your job vacancies, Accurate Staffing can provide support.  

We are a top staffing firm for companies in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Our professional recruiters can meet with you and learn about your vacant roles. Next, we can craft a personalized plan to help you attract and engage with top talent. For more information about our staffing solutions and services, please contact us today 

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