You Accept Resumes but don’t have a Job Application? Not a Good Idea.

December 6, 2016

If you accept resumes, we recommend that you also require the completion of a job application. Here’s why:

  1. Some people don’t have a resume and it would be unlawful to deny them the chance to apply for employment as a result.  So, it keeps the playing field fair.
  2. A resume tells you only what the applicant wants to share. Very rarely will it divulge why he or she changed jobs, for instance. On a job application you can address that with a simple question, “Why did you leave this job?”
  3. This process may also reveal discrepancies between the resume and the job application. If an applicant chose to misrepresent qualifications in some way on a resume, it’s likely they won’t recall those details when completing the actual job application.  

Contributed by Steven J. Austin of LABORCHEX.

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