Trim the Fat -- Techniques to Easily Sort Through Résumés

Trim the Fat — Techniques to Easily Sort Through Résumés

November 16, 2017

 The dilemma of being tasked with recruiting employees is that it’s often far from your only task, and it can be hard to put in the amount of time required to find the right employee for the job. While it's not practical to devote an endless amount of time into the task of investigating potential hires, it’s also not a great idea to cut corners when deciding who you’ll hire, as hiring the wrong employee will incur costs in lost opportunities, and even further costs if you have no choice but to replace the employee in a few months time. That’s why it’s important to know the right methods to easily sort through résumés, as they’ll allow you to get through your list of candidates in a shorter amount of time, while still giving each possible hire the consideration they deserve.   Break Your Task Into Manageable Chunks This is a great tip that can be used with most daunting tasks, but it works especially well in this scenario. Instead of sorting through candidate applications one after the other, set a specific time each day or each week to sort through candidates. That way you won’t be taking your attention off of other tasks, and will be able to better manage the amount of résumés you have to look at. If you’re worried that this will make the process take longer, you’re only kind of right. While looking at candidates over a period of weeks might not seem ideal when you are looking to making an urgent hire, it’s important to remember that hiring the wrong candidate would be a huge loss of invested time and opportunity cost, so you’re better off in the long run breaking down the task of hiring a new employee into more manageable amounts of time.   The ‘Fixed Criteria’ Method Desperate times call for drastic solutions, and one such solution is to reconsider the way that you evaluate résumés. The normal method of looking through résumés is to consider each application individually. You might start by reading through the résumés and considering the applicant on their merits as an individual--and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. However, in situations where you have a large stack of résumés to get through, it’s not the most practical method. Instead, you could try setting an amount of fixed criteria to allow you to sort the applications into piles. For example, you could dismiss every résumé that doesn’t fit all five of your required criteria. If there aren’t enough applicants that fall into this category, you could go back and dismiss every résumé that doesn’t fit all four items on your criteria, and so on. This creates an easy method of sorting through your candidates, as you are prioritizing the applications that meet the highest amount of your criteria first, and only spending time on other résumés if it’s required.   The End of the Road The hope is that after all the work has been done, and you’ve put a severely underappreciated amount of time into sorting through résumés, you’ll be left with the perfect person to perform amazingly in the vacancy that you were looking to fill.  However, as you probably already know if you’ve had to manage employees in the past, this is just the start of the battle. There’s also the difficulty that comes with scheduling employees and dealing with the availability of entire groups of people. So why not make it a little bit easier on yourself, and take advantage of free, full-featured employee scheduling software?   OpenSimSim provides the best way to create employee schedules in a matter of minutes, for free, and allows you to view and manage your staff availability in one convenient location. You can also send schedules to your employees in real time, and keep your labor costs down with the inbuilt Budget view. The app is designed to provide real solutions to the struggles that managers and recruitment agents face in the workplace.