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Resume Not Okay

The other day I was having lunch at one of my favorite local establishments. A person came in and asked the young woman behind the counter if they were taking applications.

The woman said “we don’t use job applications, just bring in a resume.”

Big mistake.

Every business should require that every applicant complete and sign a job application on an application form provided by the business.

The most important part of the application is the signature. Actually, it is the signature directly under a page full of provisions that protect you from potential lawsuits.

How would you like to have applicants acknowledge, before they are even hired, that they are at-will employees and that their employment can be terminated at any time by them or by you? This is a crucial provision for protecting employers. The sooner you can get a signed acknowledgement, the better.

You can do this with a carefully worded job application.

How would you like to have all applicants agree that any dispute as an applicant or an employee (if hired) will be resolved by arbitration. This can be a timely, cost-effective means of resolving disputes without the uncertainties of a run away jury.

Requiring resumes can be a way of weeding out applicants. Some employers think if an applicant will not go through the time and trouble to prepare a resume, “why should I hire them?” Or perhaps you believe resumes are a way to demonstrate writing skills.

If you do not also require a signed job application with carefully selected legal protections, you are putting your business at risk.

For more information on employment applications, see our article, Employment Applications-Protect Your Business 22 Ways.

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Reader Comments (1)

I found this interesting, I didn't know that about applications.
Good to know.
February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGail

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