ShinyNeedle: When Resumes Don’t Tell the Whole Story

May 4, 2012

3:00 pm

Potential job candidates can look great on paper, but resumes often give no indication of their most important skills: critical thinking and problem solving, two things that are crucial in the workforce.

A new website is offering a distinct way for employers to scope out top-notch talent. ShinyNeedle allows them to post job descriptions with a twist – each one includes a real business challenge to solve. This allows recruiters to see how potential candidates would deal with a real problem facing their business, similar to HireArt.

The site is beneficial for job applicants, too. Tackling the challenge can allow candidates to set themselves apart from others who may have applied with only a bland resume and cover letter. And they can use it for free.

The process is simple – recruiters start by adding a job title, location, and description. Then, they write a business challenge themselves or choose from pre-written challenges. Job candidates then apply and tackle the challenge. They also have the option to upload photos and other files to enhance their response. If the recruiter likes what they see, the hiring process begins.

One current posting on the site seeks an Interactive Marketing Manager. The challenge?

“Demonstrate how you would most effectively use technology partners and vendors to drive the success of an interactive campaign targeting an early 20-year-old demographic. For the purposes of this challenge, consider the demographic both male and female and recent college graduates with new jobs.”

As evidenced above, ShinyNeedle lets employers discover the true potential and impact of job candidates before hiring them. The site’s interactive process gives a clear view of how would-be employees really think.

Employers, would you consider using a service like ShinyNeedle? How do you think it would fine-tune your recruiting process, if at all? Job seekers, do you think ShinyNeedle would help you find a job you’re truly qualified for and passionate about?

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Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010). Find Heather on Google+.

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