Why are you rejecting a candidate's resume?

Posted by Bond Team | April 15, 2013 |

As a staffing professional, there are many reasons for you to reject a potential job candidate’s resume. But, do you know what the number one reason for rejecting a resume is?

According to an infographic from Be Hiring, the number one reason for rejecting an applicant’s resume is a typo or spelling error. That’s not some great revelation. After all, a typo or grammatical error indicates a person wasn’t paying attention or could be incompetent, which means that resume gets a first-class ticket to the trash can. Another key reason that many staffing professionals decide to forgo a candidate is that they received the person’s resume a few measly seconds after the job post was put up. This indicates that a candidate most likely did not tailor his or her resume or cover letter and may not even have spent considerable time thinking about the job requirements or the company. 

Those are just some of the reasons that a candidate may never get a phone call from you or any staffing professional, but there are many more, especially as our recruiting software can help you weed out other workers with undesirable traits. Because of the streamlined approach to applicant comparisons that staffing software allows you to take advantage of, you may only need to spend a few seconds looking at a worker’s resume, which is the industry average, according to the source. 

A candidate’s social media profiles are also rife with potential images or posts that make a worker undesirable, which is why more and more human resource departments and staffing professionals are making sure to include that step in a background check. According to Be Hiring, 68 percent of potential employers will find a worker’s Facebook account and explore as much as possible. 

These and other reasons are why many job applicants are having their resumes passed up on a daily basis. It’s your job as a staffing professional to quickly determine if a candidate is the right person, which means a worker submitting his or her application must remain diligent about reducing potential flaws.

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