How your CV might get read. -
October 15th, 2006
Step 1: Make sure you understand the requirements for the position you’re working to fill.
Step 2: Read the candidate’s name.
Step 3: Review education.
Step 4: Look at the most recent employer. Do you know the company?
Step 5: Consider the general layout, presentation, and accuracy of the resume.
Step 6: Notice any biases you’ve made while reviewing the resume. Focus on resume content that speaks to the candidate’s ability to do or not do the job.
Step 7: Consider all those things you know about candidates that succeed at the target company.
Step 8: Glance at the cover letter, if there is one, and see if there is any particularly pertinent information contained there.
Step 9: Only follow enough of these steps until you have a valid reason to reject the resume.
Step 10: Sometime you’ll see a resume for someone who you know should absolutely work for the target company. They don’t, however, fit any existing positions. Create an opportunity for them by having powerful conversations with a key person who can make a difference.