As a busy business owner, we know you don’t have time to sift through endless CV’s to shortlist suitable candidates for an interview so here are our top 5 tips for screening CV quickly and efficiently!
1. Check the Spelling and Grammar
Yes, mistakes can happen, but if a candidate is serious about applying to your company, they should spend the time to get their CV spot on. Do you want someone with poor attention to detail working on your sales figures? Or someone who doesn’t use spell check emailing a critical client?
2. Don’t Get Bogged Down on Education
Challenge yourself on WHY you are asking for specific qualifications. If you are looking for an Accountant then, by all means, ensure they have the relevant skills, however, is it necessary that a candidate applying for an entry-level role is a graduate? Yes, you may want to ensure a certain standard of education, however, remember not everyone is academic. Indeed some of the most successful people have little in the way of formal qualifications but bags of common sense! If certification is essential to the role, could you consider sponsoring the successful candidate to take a course?
3. Be Flexible on Which Industry They Come From
Of course, you want to ensure the candidate has the relevant skills and experience for the role; however, consider being flexible on the sector. Rather than insist the candidate comes from another ‘law firm’ just look for someone who has worked in professional services; do they really need to have arrived via a ”food’ background, is FMCG experience enough?
4. Gaps in CV
If a candidate has an unexplained gap on their CV alarm bells should ring. There’s likely to be a reasonable explanation – may be travelling, maternity leave or even a career break but the right candidate should explain this gap on their CV. You don’t have to discount a candidate based on this but make a note to ask them to fill in the gaps during the interview.
5. Don’t Overlook Volunteer Work
Entry-level candidates may have little in the way of substantial work experience, however, have they done volunteer work? Work experience? Charity work? Getting your foot on the ladder can be hard, but any volunteer work that shows drive and initiative should not be overlooked.
So now you know what employers are looking for, is it time you freshened up your CV?
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