Hiring A Great Employee Series
Part 2: The Resume
I still look at resumes and faithfully use them as a way to get an applicants’ information into my hands. I use resumes to look for qualifications. Remember that anyone can pull a resume template off of the internet. I have even had a resume submitted that proudly displayed [insert name here] at the top of the beautiful velum stock: you can’t make this stuff up! You can, however, “build a resume in 5 minutes.” You can even make your resume into a Lego-style figurine: genius! Still, the resume is just a springboard to making a connection with someone. Please do not take resumes too seriously, unless, of course, you are hiring someone to create your resume, then I would hire Andy Morris to make me a Lego-style figurine with one hand in a cow’s rear and the other holding a cup of tea.
If you are hiring someone to be part of your team, consider only using their resume to determine if they are qualified. Do not let your brain get involved with baseless first impressions and unfounded, impulsive judgements. Simply use the resumes and cover letters as a way to sort an applicant’s minimum qualifications into ACCEPTABLE or UNACCEPTABLE piles according to your posted job description. Avoid the temptation to judge; avoid the temptation to put someone in a box and assume they would not be a good employee; avoid the temptation to deny someone that is unassuming, humble or modest.
Once the resumes are sorted for qualified candidates schedule the interviews. Find out what the applicant’s strengths are before you erase them from your short list. You might be surprised to find out that someone you previously would have round filed percolates to the top of the list with redeeming attributes. We all bring something to the table.
About the Author
Dr. Colleen Lewis is a 1996 graduate of Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Her career has taken her to many places as a practice owner, consultant, embryologist, and mentor. She enjoys mixed animal practice, teaching, traveling, farming and high school sports with her husband, Andrew and their three boys.