#3 – What To Look for In Resumes and Portfolios


“…with that impressive resume and the big speech about your so-called work ethic- I, um- I thought you would be different,” – Miranda Priestly, from The Devil Wears Prada

Hiring isn’t easy. Taking the next step in the hiring process of marketing, creative and interactive staff can be one of the most challenging.   So for those of you who aren’t the big bad boss, we’ve put together a few suggestions for reviewing your candidates’ job credentials to help you…

  • Carve out time each day for resume and portfolio review.
  • Refer to the job description to help you stay focused and be sure you’re not missing anything.
  • Scan the resume for typos – Typos indicate a lack of attention to detail.
  • Review experience – Does the candidate have the technical skills and industry experience relevant to your company and open position?
  • Consider any unexplained gaps in employment.  This may be a warning sign that this person may not stick around, which could cost you time and money in the long run.
  • Assess whether the candidate takes the time to fine-tune their resume to your job description.  Is their portfolio showing specific work related to your industry and company?  If so, extra points should be given for their attention to detail.
  • Ensure the portfolio is not only appealing from a design perspective, but is well organized and not too busy or cluttered.

Once you’ve reviewed the individual resumes, it’s time to compare candidates and choose those who meet your job requirements.  Now you’re ready to move onto the next step in the hiring process, the phone screen.

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2 responses to “#3 – What To Look for In Resumes and Portfolios

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