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June 26, 2024

How to Write a CV for HR Positions

It’s a competitive market for jobs, with hundreds of potential candidates applying for each sought-after role. So, it is more important than ever to understand how you can stand out from the crowd, especially in the field of Human Resources.

First impressions count and the first impression a potential employer will have of you as a candidate is through your CV. Human Resources professionals are also highly proficient at reading job applications and sorting through CVs – they know what to look for and how to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Here are some top tips for creating a strong CV which will get you noticed… and hopefully lead to a new chapter in your working life.

First impressions

Make sure you research the company and the role you are applying for. Begin your accompanying application letter with a polite greeting, addressing the recruiter by name if possible and setting out your stall as an HR professional. Show what you have to offer and present a winning argument of how you can help your prospective employers and why you will be a good fit.

Be succinct

The temptation may be to bombard your potential employer with any and all information which could win them over. However, whoever is going through the CVs could have literally hundreds to review and won’t have the time to read thousands of words on each one. Make your points relevant, impactful, easy to read and succinct. Use headings, bullet points and short paragraphs so it is easier for the important information to be disseminated.

It’s all about you

Make sure your name and contact details sit proudly and obviously at the top of your CV. Under your name, you could include your current job title or graduate status (such as First Class Honours in Human Resources). In addition to your email address and contact phone number, you could also include a link to your LinkedIn profile which can offer more information. Make sure you use a straightforward typeface, so the information is easy to read.

Experience matters

Provide details of which companies you have worked for, in what capacity and between what dates. List them in reverse chronological order so the most recent is at the top. Job titles can be ambiguous and not very informative so give a brief description of what each role has entailed, including its responsibilities, and explain how it has improved your skillset.

Celebrate your achievements

Your CV is your shop window, your chance to show off your achievements. List them and explain their relevance, including how they can be of use to your future employer. Any application will be more convincing if you can underpin your achievements with facts and figures. You can also use this platform to explain what you are hoping to achieve in the new role and how you aim to enhance the company you are hoping to join. If you are new to the working world, use this section to detail your placements (both in the workplace and voluntary sector) including the skills you have developed.

Facts, facts, facts

In addition to your personal details, you must include a list of your qualifications, citing them in reverse chronological order so the most recent – and probably most relevant – at the top. You don’t have to list every GCSE (the number and grades will suffice) but do include details of the relevant key modules and associated skills. You should also include details of the computer software you have used as well as softer skills you have developed such as good communication, attention to detail and organisational skills, all of which are invaluable in the world of HR.

Extra, extra, read all about it!

Highlighting out-of-work achievements can add more of a sense of you as a person to your application. Don’t dilute your CV with run-of-the-mill hobbies but if you have an achievement which will add value to your application, then include it.
Good luck in your application.

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