Resume Review Checklist

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Resume Review Checklist

Experienced recruiters can quickly sift through a stack of resumes, pull pertinent information, and select top candidates without breaking a sweat. This task is not as simple for the small business owner or manager with little resume reading experience.

If you are tasked with the job of selecting top candidates from pile of resumes, feel free to use our resume checklist to make efficient use of your time:

FiFR Resume Checklist

    1. Skip over the applicant’s name and address to help limit any subconscious biases

    2. Check work history for applicability to the position at hand

    3. Review tenure and the applicant’s career path

    4. Check educational background for job requirements, if any

    5. Look for special skills or certifications

    6. Take note of any spelling errors or sloppy formatting – they say a lot about the applicant’s attention to detail

    7. Make a note of questions that come to mind so that they can be addressed during an interview

    8. Divide resumes into three piles – one for those that closely match job requirements, one for those who meet some requirements, and one for those who do not meet any requirements

    9. Review the top group again and, if necessary, further narrow down the candidates

    10. Begin the interview process!

Red flags at this point in your resume review, that are unexplained on the resume or in the cover letter, include: 

  • significant employment gaps,
  • evidence of decreasing responsibility,
  • evidence of a career that has reached a plateau or even gone in the wrong direction, 
  • short-term employment at several jobs, and
  • multiple shifts in career path. 

The more you review resumes, the better you will become at it. With practice, you may begin to refer to your resume review as “gone in twenty seconds”, or even, “gone in ten seconds”, while your resume review continues to yield great candidates.

Overall, look for candidates that effectively share what they’ve done in the past and where they want to go next. This is also a good time to “listen to your gut” – if you get a good feeling about a candidate, consider an interview!

If you have vacancies to fill with top talent, we will gladly help finding that perfect candidate for a job, let’s talk! When you partner with us, we do the resume sifting and much more for you, while only sharing the top candidates for you to review.