Fact or Fiction?  – A solid résumé and a personalized cover letter define the perfect candidate.

Most assuredly FICTION!

In today’s world, most candidates don’t even write their own résumés … and then factor in the embellishments or even sometimes, unfortunately, outright falsifications.

In fact, it’s hard to believe that we are still accepting these documents as the primary admission ticket into any credible organizations’ hiring pipeline. Astute interviewers will be able to recognize an applicant’s overreach, but even professional recruiters are often fooled.

The glitzy slick resume and expertly crafted resume might well make it through your selection filters, but by then, you have already wasted valuable time and energy, and perhaps even overlooked a true superstar for your team.

FACT:  There’s no real correlation between what’s in the résumé and how well people will perform or how long they will stay in your practice.  None. Nada.

In fact, relying on just a résumé to find your next superstar associate gives you about the same odds as buying a lottery ticket.

The difference is that hiring the wrong candidate will cost you a whole lot more than a $1 Powerball. It costs time and money and causes a great deal of aggravation. In fact, a bad or toxic hire will have an infectious impact on your practice – and not a good way, potentially even leading to some of your true stars to leave your practice.

All hiring managers, whether it be the practice owner or a trusted manager, need to  use the résumé as only one piece of the puzzle and screen for things that are actual predictors of retention and productivity.

The most valuable competitive advantage for any business is to staff with star employees who perform better and stay longer. The good news is that there are better ways.  Many of Canada’s leading eye care employers deploy sophisticated algorithms in their screening process to stack the odds in favour of getting that star candidate.

Fit First Philosophy starts with this premise. Hire for Fit, and then train as needed.  Save yourself time and money.
This post is sponsored by EyePloyment.com and Fit First Technologies

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TIM BRENNAN

TIM BRENNAN

is Chief Visionary Officer with Fit First Technologies Inc, the creators of Eyeployment, TalentSorter and Jobtimize.