We are living in digital age, where the things are changing fast. Old practices are giving way to new in almost all aspects of life. The process of hiring for job is also been affected as well. The young millennium is questioning the importance of resume in job recruitment.
In a way they are right because everything is so fast and at the click of the button. So perhaps the candidates thing that why should they go through the lengthy process of making a resume first and then sending it to the hiring manager or the recruitment consultant?
This highly focused article discusses these issues and gives detailed answer to this and many similar questions. Therefore, do read the article till the end.
Why Resume is so important?
Resume is an important instrument of communication between the potential candidate and the prospective employer.
Resume has been important for the past few decades, currently it is still important and it is hoped that it will continue to be important in the near future also,
Role and Importance Of Resume In Job Recruitment
At the time of applying for job
When a position is advertised, not all individuals who would like to apply for that job will storm the office of the organisation. Instead the individuals would send their resumes. In other words, the resume acts as the “ambassador” of the prospective candidate for the potential employer.
Even when the position is not advertised and the individual is desirous of joining his dream organisation or there is hiring through the ‘reference’ there is a need to send out the resume.
During the shortlisting process
Next stage is shortlisting or the perusal by the hiring manager. This is necessary because usually there are many applicants for the position and not all can be called for the interview. Hence the hiring manager or the recruitment consultant carefully goes through the resumes and based on the information available, a list of the shortlisted candidates is prepared. Obviously, the good presentation of the resume and the proper and complete information given therein will improve the chances of getting shortlisted – other things remaining same.
Even if we add one more link to the ‘hiring chain’ – which is the Recruitment Consultant – the process remains same. This means the importance of resume remains same or rather increases.
Here I would like to recommend you to read: How to Impress Recruitment Consultant
During the interview
Now let us proceed to the next stage. Presuming that the candidate has been shortlisted (part of the credit should also go to the resume). Therefore, the candidate would be invited to attend the interview or there may be a telephonic interview. During the entire process, the interviewer(s) would keep referring to the resume of the candidate and his questions would be based on the information on the information given in the resume.
For example, if the candidate has done his MBA and is now working for General Motors, he would not be asked questions related to coding or about his work experience in Toyota.
Why Resumes Of Good Candidates Don’t Get Shortlisted ?
Yes it is quite possible for a deserving candidate whose experience and qualifications match quite well with the Job Profile for the position advertised.
As the initial part of the answer, I think it would be beneficial for the readers to refer to:
- 11 Important Tips for CV Writing
- Reasons Why your Resume is not getting shortlisted at Job Portals
- New Trends In Resume Writing
About the Author
Sundeep Kataria is the CEO of ACS Consultants – a Management Consulting Firm. He holds multiple qualifications: MBA, PGDIT (IIFT), MS in Counselling & Psychotherapy and Diploma in Company Law. He has also formally learnt Digital Marketing and Website Making.
In 1995 he pioneered the concept of professional Career Counselling, Executive Coaching and Mentoring. Over the years he has mentored many professionals, like CAs, Engineers, Sales & Marketing Professionals, IT Experts etc.
The unique style of Sundeep Kataria is that he connects with each and every individual personally, holds in depth discussion before undertaking the assignment.