July 20, 2018

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Every Resume Has Value

Issue: Recruiters often deem their job postings unsuccessful if a hire isn't made as a result of the posting.

In fact, almost every response to a job ad has some value, either immediately or at some point in the future.

The reasons we reject people and resumes are:

  1. Their skills aren't the right match.
  2. They have the right skills but they're over-qualified or under-qualified.
  3. They live in the wrong location.

Before you throw a resume away, however, you might want to take a closer look. That resume could potentially lead you to other qualified candidates.

For today - You may be able to find valuable information such as:

  1. other companies where they have worked
  2. associations to which they belong
  3. educational institutions they attended

For the future - You may find the resume to be of use because of the following reasons:

  1. Managers are known to change the requirements for a position and now a candidate could fit.
  2. The individual who was unable to relocate before may now have the option to do so.
  3. Between company turnover and growth, someone who was over-qualified or under-qualified, may now fit another position.
  4. Perhaps your relocation budget has increased and now you have more flexibility.

Other things you may get from a resume, besides a hire - Taking a closer look at a candidate or a resume may indicate that you need to re-evaluate your relocation budget. If a candidate is too expensive, you may need to broaden your salary range.

In short, just because a candidate doesn't fit your ideal job profile today, don't throw the resume away. There are often clues on the resume that may lead you to other qualified candidates. Or, the candidate may be a fit somewhere down the road.

-Carl Kutsmode