The resume has been around forever, a dossier of skills, aptitudes, and experience. It has changed little although it now is presented in videos, on CD’s as well as the ever-popular buff, 24-pound paper. But what is the relevance?
For the employer, especially an inexperienced one, they may place too much value on the resume. The resume may not even have been done by the potential employee. It could have been done by a resume service or employment office. The fancy presentation may not reflect the talents of the applicant!
For sure, the resume is the first step in deciding who you will interview. There are usually three piles; interview, maybe, and discard. My advice is to have ‘real work’ activities. Have them perform a task that is work related. If you need particular computer skills, get them to demonstrate the skills. If there is a task that calls for handwriting, can you read it? Cursive writing is becoming a thing of the past.
I heard of one interviewer who only asked one question, “What have you done from the time you were born until now that makes think you can excel in this position? What are their accomplishments relative to what you are needing them to do?
To verify the resume, it is always necessary to check the references, making sure that the references were actually persons who supervised the individual and not just a friend. Many are reluctant to say much about the individual or they will give a glowing report because they are anxious for the person to leave their organization. A question for clarity might be, “If you had an available position would you hire this person back?”
Be cautious, what you see on paper may not be what you get in person! Perform due diligence, ask the right questions, and see how they perform.
Bottom line, if your gut says don’t hire this person, pay attention!
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