Don’t Be So Quick to Judge a Resume…And Here’s Why!

team-workHaving a solid team is the foundation to a successful business, as many of you may already know. However, building one is a different story. It all begins with a simple job post, but the actual hiring may not be as simple. For many small business owners, the hiring process may feel like an obstacle course of determining whether the candidate is a good fit.

The first jump through this obstacle is the resume screening process. According to a study released by TheLadders, an online job-matching service, recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing an individual resume. During those six seconds, the study showed that recruiters look at the candidate’s name, titles and companies, start and end dates, and education. This approach could possibly work for positions that require specific skills, such as knowing how to use a certain CRM program or operating a fork lift, but what about other positions that fall under a generalist category?


Although a candidate may not have many years of experience, or no experience at all, why not give them a chance to prove themselves with a quick phone screen or interview? You will never know the full potential of a candidate and the success they can bring to your company or business in just six seconds. Some of the most successful people in the world all started their careers with odd jobs that have nothing to do with their current positions today.

  • Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Inc., began shoveling dirt in broilers at a young age.
  • Barak Obama, the 44th President of the United States, scooped ice cream in Hawaii.
  • Ellen DeGeneres, a famous television host, worked as a sales associate at J.C. Penny.
  • Michael Dell, the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, washed dishes at a Chinese restaurant.

The next time you review a resume, keep in mind that the path to success always starts somewhere, and doesn’t have to be linear.