Tips For Sorting Through Resumes



In health care, when a position becomes vacant in an organization it is often a race to get the position filled as quickly as possible to lessen the burden of increased work on other employees. It can be incredibly time consuming sorting through applications you receive on a job posting and making sure those candidates would be successful in your practice.



First and foremost, make sure your job posting is attracting the right kind of candidate. The job posting should sound exciting to work for your company; why would a talented candidate want to work for you, as opposed to another organization?


Here are some tips to quicken the process and help you find the best candidate for your practice.

Be prepared. Know what qualifications you are searching for and which ones are non-negotiable. Focus in on the most important qualities and qualifications for the position; try to narrow that list down to three non-negotiable items.


Look at the organizations the person has worked for. How would someone working for a large organization fit in with your company? If you are looking for someone to fill multiple hats, it may make more sense to look for someone in a smaller company.


Format and spelling. Resumes that are hard to read or show typos are a sign of a lack of professionalism and preparation.


Is there a cover letter? An application lacking a cover letter shows a sense of laziness. If there is a cover letter, is it customized or general? The cover letter shows how much effort the candidate is willing to put in and their desire for the position.


Achievements in the workplace. A candidate that places achievements in their work experience, versus simply stating job duties, can be a sign of a star candidate. Look at if the achievements match what is needed in the position.



The average hiring manager or recruiter spends 6 seconds reading a resume. Keep these tips in mind for using those 6 seconds wisely.



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