Small Business Tips: Creating a Systematic Process for Resume Reviews

One of the hardest things to do as a small business is find time to recruit new talent for your business.  While staffing companies are an option, the cost of utilizing their services can be equally as difficult to handle in a small firm.  With the number of qualified (and sometimes unqualified) applicants growing, it is important to to have some efficiencies as it relates to the recruiting process.

One of the first things you can do is setup a systematic process for screening resumes.  When I worked for a larger corporation, we’d have to sort through hundreds of resumes to narrow down the selection to request interviews with a limited number of candidates.   The same goes for our small business now – we just have less positions to interview for.  Since resumes come in so many different formats, with different information, it was helpful to setup a system for evaluating the candidates, only by their resume.

Example Steps:

  1. Prior to starting the evaluation process, it’s important to have a clear idea about the skillsets needed for the job to be filled.  Creating a solid job description is a great way to iron this out.
  2. Determine the key markers that are most important and relevant to the job being filled.  Examples include:
    • GPA (for entry-level) – we used this to narrow down the selection of interview candidates by establishing a minimum acceptable GPA
    • Mistakes or Typos – Another way to weed out candidates that didn’t do the due diligence
    • Number of years of relevant work experience
    • Relvant skillsets (specific experience or expertise of systems / software)
  3. Create a consistent scoring system based on the items identified above by adding (or taking away) points.  Keep the scoring system as simple as possible.  Example: 2 points for 4.0 or higher GPA, 1 point for 3.0 or higher GPA, 0 points (or weed out) any GPAs that are lower
  4. Once you have a scoring system for all of your key markers, use the scoring system to quickly evaluate AND rank your candidates based on their resume.

By having a systematic process, you can make your evaluation process more efficient (helping you save your valuable time) AND more objective.  The scoring system helps remove some of the subjectivity that may sometimes creep into the resume evaluation process.

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