Looking beyond the resume to find top talent

06.11.2013


Looking beyond the resume to find top talent
Looking beyond the resume to find top talent

When it comes to finding and retaining the best workers out there, it may take more on the part of the recruiter than simply scanning a resume for the telltale signs of a good candidate.

According to Advertising Age, to find the top talent these days, you'll need to see beyond the resume and leverage social media and other new functions to build the strongest workforce possible. 

For example, businesses are increasingly using social media and mobile technology, which has made it important to find workers who have the necessary skills to manage these functions. This is happening in industries around the country.

"As the media landscape becomes more data-driven and fragmented, we need to concentrate on attracting talent that can bring a balance of left- and right-brain thinking to solve our clients' problems," wrote one managing partner for an HR and talent management company.

A resume, and more
For the past few decades, the resume has been the foundation for any candidate. Many employers looked for the tried-and-true documents that showed applicants went to respected colleges and had received the proper training in previous roles. According to the news source, these resumes were meant to show a steady, continuous line of professional growth. If there are accolades and other achievements thrown in there, all the better.

However, staffing companies and human resource teams can't simply rely on a resume these days. While it's great to find a candidate with a focus on the particular industry a company operates in, many are always looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds ranging from scientists and engineers to psychologist and healthcare positions. It's important to identify the skills a candidate has - even if they are not traditionally associated with your industry - and determine if they can transfer in a positive way. 

The best qualities
According to the media outlet, one of the ideal qualities to look for in a candidate that may not be communicated in the resume is a natural curiosity. Anyone eager to learn from others, investigate new opportunities and has a drive to discover will go far at your company, even if it means some additional training.

Problem solving skills are a must in any new hire. A member of a military family, for example, may discuss his or her experience with moving, making new friends and adapting, which can be a great quality in an employee. Even the ability to tell a story shows communication skills that may be lacking in someone whose only communication these days is through tweets and status updates.

According to The Houston Chronicle, learning about a candidate's ability to multitask is also a good indication of the amount of work they'll be able to put in. Anyone who can handle various workloads will likely be able to breeze through training in various areas of the business. These employees are also extremely resourceful, and can use their multitasking abilities to boost their personal efficiency and productivity.

With the cost of hiring a new employee rising - as well as overall operational costs - finding a worker who could potentially take on the work of more than one staff position could mean huge savings for the company, and also give the candidate the opportunity to display all office skills. 

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