Filtering resumes or employing individuals

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In summary, the conversation discusses tips for writing effective resumes and CVs. The general strategy is to appeal to the majority of readers by using a clear and visually appealing layout, including important publications, and seeking positive references. The conversation also emphasizes the importance of doing good work and networking to build a strong reputation. Additionally, it mentions the potential impact of having significant research ideas or solving a conjecture on one's resume.
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Hello, after reading through the forum i see that many of you (at one stage or another) have been responsible for filtering resumes or employing individuals.

Do you have any pet hates, do / do-nots for writing CVs or any other helpful tips?

Thank You in advance
 
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Everyone has different things they like and don't like. Your best bet is to employ a general strategy that appeals to the majority of readers. Personally I like putting my name in the top left corner with a bigger font and in bold. I also try to use bullets as much as possible. The layout can be designed to catch the readers eye and make it easy for the reader to skim through the information. It is hard to explain what layouts work really well on a message board though, because I'd have to show you examples. You can probably search online for tips and stuff. I read a book that covered resume writing in detail and it helped me a great deal.
 
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the resumes are mostly all the same. its the reference letters i focus on. i try to distinguish between letters that say the person is ok and letters that say the person is really exceptional.

i.e. the main thing you can do in preparing your resume is to do good work, and make people aware of it. then they say the nice things about you behind your back.

but if you happen to have some significant publications in a good journal make that clear.

new phd's can do little to enhance their own resume except maybe write a persuasive letter about their teaching philosophy, and their plans for research, but even then it is far easier to aspire to be a good teacher than to be one.

but any really intelligent ideas on research may come through. just do the best work you can, and talk to people about it, and let them say things about you that you would never think of yourself.

if someone actually solves one of my conjectures, on his own, then i say strong things about him. up until then it's mostly, "he/she knows a lot and works hard, and it looks as if he/she will turn out well".
 
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Related to Filtering resumes or employing individuals

1. How do you determine which resumes to filter out?

The first step in filtering resumes is to establish your criteria for the position. This may include specific qualifications, experience, or skills. Once you have a clear understanding of your requirements, you can use keywords and search filters to quickly eliminate resumes that do not meet your criteria.

2. What are the benefits of using software to filter resumes?

Using software to filter resumes can save time and resources, as it can efficiently scan and evaluate a large number of resumes. It also removes any potential bias or human error in the filtering process. Additionally, many software programs have advanced features such as AI and machine learning that can help identify top candidates.

3. How can you ensure fairness and avoid discrimination in the filtering process?

To ensure fairness and avoid discrimination, it is important to establish clear and relevant criteria for the position and avoid any biases in the selection process. Additionally, it is important to review resumes blindly, without any identifying information, to prevent any unconscious biases from influencing the decision-making process.

4. Should you filter resumes based on education or experience?

This ultimately depends on the specific requirements of the position. In some cases, education may be more important, while in others, relevant experience may be the key factor. It is important to carefully consider the needs of the role and prioritize the criteria that are most essential for success.

5. What should you do if a resume seems to be a good fit, but has a few red flags?

If a resume has a few red flags, it is important to look beyond those and consider the overall qualifications and experience of the candidate. It may also be beneficial to conduct an initial phone or video interview to further evaluate the candidate's skills and fit for the position. Additionally, providing the candidate with an opportunity to explain any potential red flags may help provide a better understanding of their background and capabilities.

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