Reading Between the Lines: What to Look for in a Resume
Resumes can be loaded with information if you know what to look for and, just like first impressions are very important in face-to-face meetings, the same is true with resumes.
For example, when you receive a resume from a Lead Carpenter candidate, keep in mind that this candidate is a “hands -on” person and usually does not have the time to develop above average writing skills. The resume will usually reflect this and that may be fine, considering the position they will fill.
However, when you are looking for a Production Manager who will be responsible for leadership, managerial responsibilities, and customer contact then writing and communication skills are essential. So the first impression of this candidate’s resume must reflect this level of expertise.
Next, read the content carefully as the style in which a resume is written is packed with information.
If many details of the past are carefully listed in chronological order, it is likely the S and C behaviors are in place. These behaviors reflect a person who is detail and research oriented and may not handle multi tasking well.
On the other hand, a resume that is written in a direct style with crisp language could mean that the D and some I behavior is in place. These behaviors reflect a person who makes decisions quickly, can handle conflict, but yet enjoys being around people.
Which type of a person fits the position you are trying to fill?
Every job candidate is bound to put their best foot forward, so carefully read the content and then be prepared to ask questions to draw out more information about their behaviors. This way, you can be certain that this person has what you need for the position.