Screening Resumes

It is recommended that you use a two-step process to screen resumes. In the first screening, identify everyone who meets the “must have” qualifications outlined in your job posting. These typically include a minimum level of education and work experience.

On the second screening, you need to look more closely at a smaller number of applicants. The following are some criteria you might consider using to help you during this second round:
  • Does the candidate’s education or training match the job description?
  • Does the candidate’s experience match the experience a person needs in order to do the job?
  • Do the candidate’s skills and abilities match the job description?

Take Into Account Cultural Differences in Resume Styles

  • Diverse groups may format their resumes differently.
    Example: It is traditional in some cultures for a person to add personal information or their photo in a resume.
  • Candidates may have useful experience that comes from non-traditional or unconventional areas.
    Example: An applicant may have worked at a similar job as a volunteer.
  • Some people may have followed a non-traditional career path.
    Example: Women and people with disabilities may have taken time out of the workforce. New immigrants may take longer to earn a post-graduate degree as they may need time to adapt to their new country, or language.

You can find a template to help you screen resumes by Clicking Here.



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Screening Resumes


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