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Review Applicant Submissions

Many employers and recruiters focus strongly on the cover letter to see if the applicant has taken the time to carefully research the job and the employer. A thorough resume is also an important factor that is used to decide whether the applicant should be called for an interview. eNETEmployer's Recruitment feature allows you to view and manage resumes and other documents as provided by each applicant.

For this tutorial, we will show you how to review an applicant's cover letter and resume.

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Part A: To View an Applicant's Cover Letter

  1. From the Recruitment tab, choose the Recruitment - Job Applicants menu command. This opens the Job Applicants screen where you can review job applications that have been submitted by prospective employees.

    Job Applicants Help Screen...

    Fig. 01: The Job Applicants screen with 6 submitted applications.
    Fig. 01: The Job Applicants screen with 6 submitted applications.
    In the example above, we see six rows - each one represents a submitted job application by a different person. The various cells show the information as it was submitted by the applicant, such as their name and contact information, and the answers they provided for the job questionnaire.
  2. Click on the Edit link in the Comments column for your desired applicant (in our example, we will choose Jonathan from our earlier tutorial). A popup window now appears displaying any comments that have been provided by the applicant when he or she applied for the job.
    Fig. 02: Use the Comments cell to view notes and comments that the applicants has provided.
    Fig. 02: Use the Comments cell to view notes and comments that the applicant has provided.

    In the example above, we see that Jonathan has included a brief cover letter in the Comments section.
    Note: Some applicants may choose to provide their cover letter in this manner, while others may wish to attach it separately as its own document.

  3. When you are finished reviewing the submitted comments, choose the "x" icon in the top left corner to close the window.


Part B: To View an Applicant's Resume

As mentioned earlier, if a candidate has scored well and their cover letter is well-written, the resume may be the deciding factor on whether to proceed to the next step. Many employers believe that the goal of reviewing a resume is not to answer the question, "Should I hire this person?", but rather aim to answer, "Should I interview this person?"

While your unique business needs may dictate the methodology used to assess each resume, most review processes will consider the person's skill set as it relates directly to the position, the candidate's prior work pattern and history, and their experience level coupled with their education.

  1. From the Recruitment tab, choose the Recruitment - Job Applicants menu command to open the Job Applicants screen.
  2. Click on the Documents button in the Documents column for the desired applicant (in our sample case, we chose Jonathan). A popup window now appears displaying all documents that have been uploaded by the applicant when they applied for the job.
  3. Fig. 03: Use the Documents cell to view resumes and documents that the applicants has uploaded.
    Fig. 03: Use the Documents cell to view resumes and documents that the applicants has uploaded.

    In the example above, we see that the candidate has uploaded his resume as a PDF file.

  4. To view an applicant's resume (or another document), select it from the list, and then choose the Open button. Depending on your browser settings, the resulting document will either be stored in your Downloads folder or you may be presented with a dialog box that will prompt you where to save the file. In some browsers, the document is made available as a button that appears at the bottom of your screen (see below).
  5. Fig. 04: Depending on your browser settings, the document will open on the screen or be stored in your Downloads folder.
    Fig. 04: Depending on your browser settings, the document will open on the screen or be stored in your Downloads folder.
  6. Choose your preferred method to open the document. In our example with the Google Chrome browser, we will right-click on the document link and choose the Open command. This displays the applicant's resume in a new browser window.
  7. Fig. 05: You can view applicant resumes and documents right in your browser window.
    Fig. 05: You can view applicant resumes and documents right in your browser window.

    After careful review of the resume, we can decide whether to proceed with an interview.

  8. Close the resume when you have completed viewing its contents.

    This completes the tutorial on how to use the Job Applicants screen to review and manage your applicants.



See Also:

Posting a Job:

Manage Job Applicants:

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