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You know your company is a great place to work, and so does the rest of your community. This is fantastic, but it can make the hiring process a bit challenging. Every time you post an open position, you’re inundated with resumes, which makes it difficult to identify your ideal candidate.

Thankfully, you don’t need to review every resume with a fine-tooth comb — at least you don’t. Here are a few tips to help you parse through the clutter and find the right candidate for your team.

Know What You Want

When reviewing resumes, you’ll come across many talented candidates, but that doesn’t mean they’re right for this particular position. Before starting the process, eliminate any gray area by clearly defining the minimum skills and experience your new hire must possess. This will make it easier to decide if you should advance a candidate to the next level.

Use an Applicant Tracking System

Stop trying to review all those resumes with your own two eyes. Investing in an applicant tracking system will simplify your hiring process in many ways, including the part where you have to manually sort through piles of resumes. You’ll enter keywords in the system, and if resumes don’t contain a high enough percentage of these terms and phrases, they’ll be rejected. This is a quick and easy way to sort through applications.

Look for Tailored Resumes

The most ambitious applicants want you to realize they’re a great fit for the job in a three-second scan of their resume. Since tailored resumes are now commonplace, you shouldn’t have to dig deep into the content to determine whether a candidate’s skills and experience are a match for the job. If the person doesn’t take this extra step, they’re not motivated enough to proceed to the next round anyway.

Take on a Staffing Partner

Even without the stress of hiring, being the boss is a very big job. If trying to fill open positions makes your plate a bit too full, ease the pressure by joining forces with a staffing firm. Recruiters hire for a living, so leave the resume reviews to the experts. This allows you to hire better, without falling behind on the other pressing tasks on your to-do list.

Find The Best Fit For Your Business

Ready to expand your Northern Indiana or Southwestern Michigan team? Wood Staffing wants to help you find the right fit for every open position. Contact us today to discuss a partnership!

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