How to craft an outstanding HR CV

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Laura Sullivan at TopCV, the largest CV-writing service in the world, shares her advice on how to ensure your HR generalist CV captures the attention of your preferred employer.

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As an HR professional, you’re probably in-tune with the recruitment process and taking on new hires. Therefore, it’s more than likely that you’re aware of what makes an excellent candidate, too.

But can you convey your own excellence effectively on your CV? To help you out, here’s how to craft an outstanding CV and prove you’re a talented human resources professional.

Prove you’re a great match

To ensure your CV will impress employers, you need to prove you’re a great match for the role. Therefore, you must tailor your CV to the job application’s requirements. 

To do this, sift through the job description and pull out keywords and essential skills that match your own abilities. Since you work in human resources, common keywords may include: communication, employee retention, employee engagement, recruitment, employment law, people management and performance strategy.

Inject the frequently-mentioned keywords naturally throughout your CV to show the employer you’re the candidate they’re looking for.


Zoom in on your key achievements

Another way to craft an outstanding HR CV is by zooming in on your key achievements from previous roles and demonstrating how you developed your abilities. 

Therefore, instead of simply telling the employer what you did in your last role, such as mentioning that you were ‘in charge of performance strategy,’ show the recruiter what you can do by explaining that you ‘Developed a secure and effective performance strategy for 200+ employees that increased staff retention by 15 percent.’ 

By including specific details of how you developed and utilised skills, rather than listing duties, you show the recruiter what you can bring to the table, making you a stronger applicant.

Showcase your relevant qualifications

To make it as an HR professional, not only do you need a great range of soft skills, such as communication, problem solving, and confidence, you often need hard qualifications under your belt as well. 

As a result, you need to make sure prospective employers know you fit the bill for these core qualifications immediately. Showcase your relevant qualifications on your CV in a section entitled: ‘HR qualifications and key achievements.’ You can place this section after your personal profile and before your employment history.

To progress in an HR career, an accredited qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personal & Development is often necessary, so you may like to include this hard skill in your key achievements section. In addition, undergraduate or post-graduate qualifications in HR, psychology, or business management are often desirable, so you may include these too, if you have them.

As mentioned, soft skills are just as important as hard skills in HR roles, so be sure to bullet point yours in the key achievements section too. That way, the recruiter will instantly know that you have a great skill set and are a serious contender for the position.

If you’re looking for your next career move in HR, be sure to follow these tips to craft an outstanding CV.

TopCV offers a range of CV-writing services including expertly-written and keyword-optimised CVs, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. It is currently offering a free CV review to help you land your ideal HR role.


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