needing tips for evaluating clients for a potential administrative position

Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

           I have been recently appointed to a hiring committee for an open position within my department at the university.  To be perfectly candid, I have never been on a hiring committee which brings me to the point of this upcoming question.  What are "key" strengths and weaknesses to look for within a cover letter and resume?  With so many to go through, I do not want to spend a lot of time on irrelevant information.  

            Any shared tips or pointers for evaluating potential clients in an administrative capacity will be deeply appreciated.

            Thank you

             George
GMartinAsked:
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Darrell PorterEnterprise Business Process ArchitectCommented:
If they are in electronic format, the immediate thing to do is prioritize them based on the number of misspellings and the number of keywords matched between the resumes/CVs/cover letters and the original job description.
Generally, people who are not genuinely interested in the position won't take the time to customize their resume to match the position requirements.
Brevity would be another point of prioritization.  A 26-page CV is wholly inappropriate for even the most complicated, high-level position.  For an  administrative position, the cover letter should be no more than 2 pages at most and their resume no more than 4 pages.
I can usually churn through 300-500 resumes in 4 hours and, even if I find an obvious diamond among the rough, I will continue to go through the entire stack before coming back to said diamond - it is only fair to the ones who come after.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi

            Unfortunately, I am not seeing options to award points and close this question.  That said, could someone help me out with this?  I want to do the right thing by awarding points to Darrell in addition to providing closure to this post.

             Thank  you

             George
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Darrell PorterEnterprise Business Process ArchitectCommented:
If you log in to EE as the author and open this question, you should see an option at the bottom to award points and close the question, if I recall correctly.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi Darrell,

         Unfortunately, I am not seeing those options.  I believe this post will be in need of an administrator or moderator.

          George
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi Darrell,

          Thank you for your shared insights.  The review process is now over.

          George
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