Tuesday, Jul 01 2014

Resume Red Flags for IT Candidates

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Resume Red Flags for IT Candidates

With the IT career field exploding, an increasing number of candidates are applying for new positions. One common problem, however, is that a fair amount of personnel are trying to “stretch” their credentials a little too far. Here are a few red flags for IT candidate resumes to ensure you’re spending time interviewing qualified candidates:

1. Too many keywords, not enough substance.
Most IT workers and business savvy candidates understand that recruiters search for keywords on LinkedIn and resumes. Using a disproportionate number of keywords – without actually saying anything – is usually an indication that candidates might be borrowing one too many skills from a search engine. If their resume reads like a SEO cluster, don’t bother calling them.

2. No quantifiable experience or improperly paired certifications.
It’s not completely abnormal for a recent college grad to have higher certifications than experience. However, someone who claims to have a CCIE, but received a BS in networking a decade ago with no experience in between is probably not being honest. Similarly, someone who claims to have a CEH but works in desktop support is not likely telling the full story, either. It may not be a bad idea to hear the other side, but be prepared to perform due diligence in finding out the legitimacy of their credentials for  yourself.

3. Higher level position without a duties description.
Having a fancy title is nice, but titles are important because they mean something. A candidate who claims to be a software development manager, but cannot comprehensively list their duties (besides programming) is a red flag. Instead, look for words like “increased,” “reduced,” “performed,” and “productivity” followed by figures or percentages to show that there is not only a valid description, but legitimate, quantifiable results as well. These are the terms managers think in – and the words they’ll most likely use.

Ascertaining what’s relevant in a job field can be tricky, but determining the validity of a resume can be nearly impossible, especially if that candidate has had some exposure to what they’re claiming. Unfortunately, interviewing the wrong candidates can cost considerable time and resources.

At The Armada Group, we routinely work with elite talent, and we know exactly what to look for. We’re a Silicon Valley based group, and we work with some of the fastest growing and largest companies in the world. We can help you find the high caliber talent you’re looking for, and the best mix of soft skills to maximize productivity. Contact us today to see how we can help you.