It’s easy to be dazzled by an impressive resume – especially if you’re anxious to be done with hiring and fill an open spot in your practice. But keep in mind the resume is a marketing tool for applicants, and they’ll often exaggerate their experience and find ways to look more qualified than they really are.
When looking through resumes, it’s important to recognize some of the common red flags that tell you it’s time to move on to the next one. Here are three:
1. Jobs aren’t isn’t listed in chronological order
Applicants often do this to disguise gaps in their employment. They’ll list skills, responsibilities and accomplishments but not include dates. This is a tell-tale sign the candidate is a job hopper, and someone you’ll likely want to avoid. Job hoppers don’t stay in one place very long, and could leave you looking for a replacement in a matter of months.
2. The wording is vague
Job applications often use vague descriptions of their skills to mask their lack of experience. You want a resume that has specifics so you can truly tell if the person is a good fit.
3. Their experience doesn’t match the job description
Even if the candidate has a detailed resume and significant amount of experience in the dental industry, that doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is right for the job you’re looking to fill. Use the job description you created to make sure applicants have the appropriate skill-set. If they don’t, set that resume aside and keep looking.
Reading through resumes can be a tedious task, and it can be difficult to tell if candidates are truly qualified for a job based on the information they’ve provided. But if you know what red flags to look for, you can narrow it down to the people you think are qualified, and then move on to the phone interview to learn more. Knowing how to sort through resumes and recognize the ones that don’t match up with your requirements is an important part of the hiring process, and will save you time and help you avoid headaches down the road.