As a staff in resource management department, the resource we manage are thousands of translators and their resumes. Whenever we post a job online, we are finding an influx of resumes and applicants for advertised positions. Thus, the resume screening job can be very time consuming. How could we screen through the masses quickly and effectively so that we spend the limited time on the candidates who are most likely to succeed? How could we improve our chances of filling that precious head count with a top performer?
Here I want to emphasize that it is important to believe that effective resume screening is very important to judge a translator qualified or not for your translation job if you review the CV in a correct way. Here below are 4 tips telling you how to be more efficient in resume screening and locate the most qualified candidates for your translation job.
1. Check the applicant’s native language to find out if it is the same with the target language of the translation job. At the same time, you should look at the other language skills mentioned in the CV.
2. Check the applicant’s education background and training cources to find out if it is related with language and translation or other majors required for the translation job. For example, if the candidate introduces himself as a Master or Ph.D in translation major, you could tell it should belong in the YES pile.
3. Check the applicant‘s translation experience or occupations to find out if he or she has the related translation experience required for your translation job. Here clear dates is very important because dates are clear and easy to understand and it could help you find the accomplishments and detect a career path of the applicant more quickly. A candidate that is vague or deliberately hides dates usually ends up in my NO pile.
4. Check the applicant’s skills to find out if he or she could use the CAT tools required in the translation job.
After check these 4 items, if you find the resume very satisfactory, you could save this translator in your database for further contact. There are other resume screening techniques never go out of style, such as scanning for keywords and reviewing your selected resumes against your criteria.
The more you review resumes, the better your resume review will become. With practice, your resume review may be called gone in twenty seconds, or even, gone in ten seconds, while your resume review continues to yield great candidates.