Hiring? Key Elements to Look for in a Resume

April 9, 2012

The resume should be neat, professional, and easy to read. Information should flow in a logical sequence. If the applicant has taken the time to ensure the spelling and grammar is correct, it shows attention to detail, and that they have put effort into their application. Look for something that catches your eye, and holds your attention.

Strong Work History
Look for experience directly related to the position you are hiring for, or something that is very easily transferable and relevant to the skills needed for your posting. Be wary if there are large or numerous gaps in the work history. However keep in mind there could be very valid reasons for these gaps, including maternity leave, upgrading education, etc.

One indicator of an employee with strong potential is whether they have been promoted within the companies they have worked for in the past. This is an indication of dedication and motivation to succeed.

Is the Resume Complete?
A resume is the applicant's first point of contact with you. It should be their best effort to showcase their skills and abilities as well as an opportunity to stand out from the crowd. Missing or incomplete data may indicate a lack of attention to detail, or lack of motivation to exceed expectations.