What Hiring Managers are Looking for

Trends in hiring preferences are changing, especially as the workforce is becoming more and more dominated by the Millennial generation. Addison Group, a leading provider of professional staffing services, recently released the results of a survey that examines how today’s hiring managers evaluate candidates. And because today’s workforce is broken up between three generations – Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials, Addison Group examined the preferences of hiring managers from each age group.

The survey found that the age of your hiring manager can make a big impact on how you develop your resume and prepare for an interview. Not surprisingly, relevant work experience and skills are the most important aspects of a resume for all hiring managers, with over half of respondents ranking them highest when considering moving a candidate to the interview phase. Other key considerations include:

Proven results and references are more important to Boomers (61% and 30%, respectively) than Millennials (44% and 21%, respectively). Boomers weigh the interview more heavily, with 30 percent more Boomer hiring mangers ranking the interview above the resume or references. Millennials are most concerned with a candidate’s level of education, schools attended and GPA (27%, 13%, and 16%, respectively). Generation X values a candidate’s resume (64%) significantly more than Millennials (50%).


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