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The surprising part of a resume you might want to ignore

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HC Online | 12 Mar 2014, 09:12 AM Agree 0
Hire like Google by avoiding a certain part of candidates' resumes…and the likelihood is it isn't what you thought
  • J Gould | 12 Mar 2014, 05:45 PM Agree 0
    Some very successful business men today did in fact have limited beginnings and didn’t necessarily start with any relevant experience or a degree. However, times have changed. Today Job applications are primarily submitted online- so how can candidates be assessed on personality alone? All you have is their resume submitted on line to assess them by. Yes, maybe their personality can be expressed through their cover letter but we mainly the focus on the resume. My question is- how can a candidate move to the interview stage where they can express their personality, when on paper they have no degree or no experience?
  • Deborah Pearson | 13 Mar 2014, 12:01 PM Agree 0
    In my experience I have found that many candidates who do not have degrees almost possess a mindset of trying to make up for that gap. They are more business savvy and work harder to prove themselves. Young candidates fresh out of university can sometimes demonstrate a sense of entitlement, "I have a university degree therefore I am amazing and you should hire me". Sadly, this is rarely the truth. It would be nice to see universities prepare students for the real world instead of release them into the market chock-full of knowledge about how to analyse a business case. How about teaching them real, transferable skills they can use immediately in a business environment? That, in itself, would make them more employable.
  • Sharyn Smith | 13 Mar 2014, 06:24 PM Agree 0
    Both interesting comments and both have merit, I loved this article, if the candidate with the experience of working their way up through the ranks can articulate their experience in a tangible way, and can show they have the experience, skills and knowledge to do the job on their CV, they would most certainly get through to interview stage without a Degree, and rightly so. That is why it is so improtant to have both the CV review and the interview process to cross off or add on what you dont get from each component and ultimately hire the "best person" for the role. Experience has shown me individuals can have the theoretical knowledge and not know what to do with it when faced with certain situations and conversely I have seen individuals sell themselves so well at interview but sadly dissapoint once hired. What a challenging and exciting job we have in Human Resources.
  • ushi | 16 Mar 2014, 10:26 AM Agree 0
    the problem with the Accounting Profession is that 'hiring' is generally based on a Membership status - CPA- this status has eventuated via Advertising, NOTHING MORE. It is MERELY a continuation of Study- IT merely GENERATES ALOT OF INCOME - and, can be aligned to Parking Fine Income. Recruiters advertise this as a Compulsory requirement - it has NOTHING to do about whether that person can APPLY their knowledge.
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