The typical human resources department goes through a lot of resumes. Filtering out resumes is easy enough but knowing what to look for in candidates applying for Jobs can be tricky. Here are some key points to keep an eye out for when the time comes to narrow down the candidate search:
1. A customized cover letter. It's a common practice among job seekers to have one generalized cover letter at their disposal for all of their job applications. There are, however, many candidates who go out of their way to tailor each cover letter specifically for the job they are applying for. Look for a candidate who specifically addresses the needs of your company and the duties of the position in his or her cover letter.
2. Relevant work experience. Similar to the custom cover letter, the custom resume will ideally be unique for each job application. Look for candidates whose past work experience ties in with the duties and responsibilities of the position you are trying to fill.
3. Related work experience. Candidates with job experience that is similar to, though not entirely the same as the job they are applying for should get some consideration as well. This can be useful if you have narrowed your search to three candidates whose prior experience doesn't exactly match that of the position. For example, some one who has a lot of experience answering phone calls can be considered for a customer service position.
4. Look up your candidates online. There is a lot of information on your candidates out there, even if they do not know it. A Google search of a candidate's name and his city can turn up anything from his Facebook page to Twitter account to his Linked In profile.
By Kyle Wise
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