The Problem with the Resume

May 11, 2018 at 1:27 PM Sydney Cohen

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The word that comes to mind is cumbersome.

If you’ve ever looked for a job, you’re familiar with painstakingly organizing your accomplishments into a series of bullets beneath perfectly formatted job titles, company names and dates and agonizing over the tense to use, if periods are necessary after each bulleted phrase and how you’ll ever fit it all onto one page. As a talent acquisition professional,  you’re probably all too familiar with the consuming task of verifying titles, questioning qualifications and having so many tabs open you begin ponder the last time you visited the optometrist.

As job seekers spend too much time trying to build up the perfect picture of themselves and recruiters waste resources researching who these candidates really are, we must ask, why isn’t there a better way?

We recently hosted Raul Lopez, Recruiting Manager at Weebly on our podcast, Hiring on all Cylinders, and he put it perfectly when he compared the resume to a first impression. “The resume is like any human being you’d meet at a dinner party. You get something that looks like something and as you dig a little bit more you find it either goes deeper into what you originally thought, or it turns out to be something completely different, and it’s that process that can consume a lot of a recruiter’s time.”

The picture Raul paints is exactly why the resume is becoming less of a trusted source in the recruiting process. In order to use them, recruiters have to conduct deep investigations to determine fit for a role. Spending time finding proof of an individual’s work, understanding what their title means within their organization and how much they’re potentially making is cumbersome and leaves recruiters with less energy to interact with the candidate and build strong relationships.

Part of what makes the resume so untrustworthy is its self-reported nature. Entelo research found that men on average list 16 percent more skills in their resumes than women with similar experience and roles. This means that if talent acquisition professionals are relying on keyword searches alone, they may be missing out on eligible candidates who are perhaps more humble in their self-reporting style.

The good news is that this vicious cycle finally has end in sight with Entelo Insights. Entelo’s newest product delivers a complete picture of each candidate, boosting opportunities for employers to access full candidate pools and match the right talent with the right role. No longer will recruiters need to suffer through opening endless tabs to find the information they’re looking for. Entelo Insights surfaces all the information recruiters need to make an informed decision about a candidate, including details they can’t find on a resume like salary and how likely a candidate is to leave their company.
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To go further beyond the resume, check out our latest episode of Hiring on All Cylinders or learn more about Entelo Insights on our product page. 

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