Ultimate Recruitment Guide: Conducting a CV Review

Recruitment as you may know can be a tiring process, but this doesn’t have to be the case. To help businesses better manage their talent acquisition process, we’ve created the Links’ Ultimate Recruitment Guide.

In the last edition, we talked about tips and tricks to crafting captivating job descriptions, helping you attract the right talent to apply and fill your job vacancies. In this article, we will focus on ways to improve the resume reviewing process, to help you navigate through the numerous CVs to get to the best candidates for your roles.

A major frustration small business owners find in the hiring process is in the time it takes. According to a research by Monsters.com, 89% of small business owners say the hiring process is time-consuming and 61% wish they had more help in identifying the right person. The long hiring process isn’t just tedious, but is also hurting your chances in landing good candidates.


Fast Track Your Hiring Process: Know What to Look for When Reviewing Resumes

As CVs start rolling in, the challenge for a recruiter is in identifying the right talent for the job at hand. To help make your hiring process more effective, here’s a simple guide of what to look out for in talent resumes.

Before you begin sorting through the CVs, it is a good practice to look at the role you’re trying to place. Start by identifying the “must haves”, things that cannot be compromised. These are the mandatory criterias that are essential to the job. By doing so, you can already compile a more manageable list of candidates for your role.

Achievements & Past Accomplishments

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Depending on the seniority level of the role, different requirements apply. Experience and past achievements are more important when hiring for a mid-level to senior role. So while the use of generic descriptions to illustrate experience may be a dismiss-able offense for junior candidates, it is a red flag for more senior candidates.

The use of generic terms and descriptions can mean a multiple of things, all of which are less than ideal. Perhaps the candidate is using a resume template, or they lack specific knowledge in the industry, or they’re deliberately using vague language because their experiences don’t qualify. All these are potential red flags in a candidate.

An important point to note when evaluating a CV is whether the candidate is overly process driven. A good candidate is one who is mindful of results, thinking about performance from a holistic point of view. A sign of an exceptional candidate is one who provides quantitative evidence for their performance in the company.


Talent Skills & Character

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While relevant industry experience is a plus, in some cases it may be more important that the candidate has the right skills and talent than the experience in the industry.

A way to see how well the candidate fits into the role is by looking at their set of skills and knowledge. Are the skills mentioned relevant to the role, this may be a parameter for recruiters to judge whether they have a sense for the position at hand. If they are presenting an overly broad set of skills, the danger there is that it may be an over exaggeration of their capabilities or that they do not fully understand the responsibilities of the role.


Overall Level Professionalism of the Resume

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In this day and age, it really is unacceptable to still be using weird cutesy emails (sweetbaby@email.com or h8mywork@email.com) to apply for jobs. Not only is it unprofessional, but it also shows how they perhaps do not care enough for the role or themselves to simply create a new email. Shying away from major signs like unprofessional email handles may be poor grammar and spelling mistakes in resumes.

A more subtle yet relevant indicator of a poor candidate that recruiters should look out for are discrepancies in the candidate resume. These may require a little more work to spot, but a simple cross check on LinkedIn or other social media with the candidate’s resume should allow you to find their background. If there are major discrepancies, you may want to re-evaluate how reliable the candidate is actually.


Professional Solutions to Candidate Sourcing

Currently in the market, there are many readily available solutions that can help you with your candidate sourcing process. However, the cost of engagement with such solutions may be high. An alternative is to partner with professional recruitment services. Outsourced recruitment means you have the markets top recruitment professionals and industry leading recruitment technology working for you which can further simplify your recruitment process.  

Whether you are sourcing your candidates in-house or relying on professional recruitment services, the signs are the same. Learn to look out for them so you can more easily find the talent for your role.


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