Can a perfect resume get you a job? Answer is yes and no.
Earlier this week we posted an article about How to Name Your Resume. Today, lets look ar how resume is screened at HR and Hiring Manager level.
When you apply for a job, resume typically goes to Human Resource (HR) person or recruiter. From HR, resume will sent to Hiring Manager. Always remember to build your brand for job search. Resume is just one part of the equation.
Resume Screening – Human Resource
Resume is first screened (or reviewed) by Human Resources typically. You will understand why I’m using the word typically later. HR’s roles is to give the hiring manager certain number of resumes. Lets call this as pre-screening phase.
HR pre-screening can be done by one or more the following ways
- Phone interview
- Potential candidate asked to fill out questionnaire
- Simply reading through the resume.
HR cannot identify the best possible candidates for the job, but select “good-fit” candidates from the pool of resumes received. Its the job of the hiring manager to find the best person for the job, because they know a lot more about the job and what technical talents they are looking.
Resume – Minimum Requirements
So what kind of information does HR look to qualify pre-screened resumes?
- Resume Overall look and feel (Good, Ok and Ugly)
- Work Experience
Selected resume will be then passed to Hiring Manager. [ Resume Format India vs USA]
Resume – Hiring Manager
The hiring manager will then focus
- Technical Skills
- Work experience
- Projects and technical expertise
Hiring Manage is the one who would decide if they want to do initial phone screen, then decide if they want to bring you in for personal interview.
If your resume is not good enough to pass the pre-screening, then you don’t have any chance of getting the job.
If you have internal contacts, then you can skip the pre-screening process and get your resume straight to hiring manager.
There is more to talk about how much time you have to spend on fine tuning the resume and other job search activities.
Can you answer the following question, so next post can be customized based on your questions and comments.
- How often do you change your resume
- Do you customize the resume for each jog you apply?
- Any other resume related questions or comment?