The Ultimate 2019 Guide for Human Resources (HR) Resume Examples [Expert samples from over 100,000 users]

Top 6 ideas to create the best Human Resources (HR) resume:

As an HR professional, you’ve likely read your fair share of resumes. But now that you need to create your own, you need expert advice to stand out and get the job. You’re going to be held to a higher standard than most candidates so it pays to be diligent. Here are our top pieces of advice for creating the best HR resume possible.
  • Always tailor your resume to the exact job you’re applying for
  • Make sure your resume is the right length
  • Write for your audience, imagine you’re the recruiter looking to hire and consider what they would like to see on your resume
  • Be specific and use metrics to demonstrate your impact when possible
  • Try to get and include referrals if possible
  • Show your personality as well as who you are as a professional
What comes from taking this advice as a whole is the basic lesson that a little effort goes a long way. Taking the time to carefully craft an HR resume translates into a far better chance of getting hired. So look at your network for referral opportunities, research the companies you’re applying to, and start making your resume now. If you need some inspiration, here are a few top HR resume examples.

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How to write a Human Resources (HR) resume

Start with the job description

This is where most HR resumes go wrong. Don’t start with writing about who you are and what experience you have. Instead, begin by carefully reading the job description or offer and making a list of everything they’re looking for in a candidate. What you’re aiming for is for the person doing the hiring to see your resume and think “they seem perfect”.

Now consider the company

The next step in crafting a resume based on the job is to also carefully consider the company. Look at their values, their culture, even the colors they use and try to create a resume which matches those elements. This is where small and subtle details can really pay off.

Use good design to your advantage

Speaking of small and subtle details, a first impression is a powerful thing. Using design to show that you care about the details can make a real difference. Your resume should have a clean look, use a professional-looking font, only have a picture if it’s legal and appropriate for your country/industry, and use a bit of (subtle) color. All of these elements together will be a welcome change from a sea of black and white Word resumes.

Show, don’t tell

To make your HR resume truly impactful, don’t just mention that you were “responsible for hiring” or something similar. Use specific metrics to demonstrate the impact you had. So mention how many people you hired, how efficient the process was, how retention improved, etc. The more specific you are, the greater impact this information will have.

Use your personality

Having the right attitude and personality is key for any HR job. That’s why you need to show this on your resume. But that doesn’t mean simply throwing on a list of your favorite TV shows, it means considering how you can show who you are in a way that’s still professional. The best ways to do this are by listing your passions, what you’re most proud of, or even how you spend your time.

6 sections recruiters and hiring managers look for in a human resources (HR) resume

While not every recruiter will have the same expectations, in our experience these are the 6 sections that any good HR resume should have.
1. Resume Header
2. Strengths
3. Experience
4. Skills
5. Most Proud Of
6. Education and Certifications

1. A solid header and bio

This may seem obvious, but you’d me amazed how many HR resumes get this wrong. You need to have a professional email address (the one you got when you were 14 probably won’t cut it), and some short headline that describes you and possibly your mission. Done poorly, this section can turn a recruiter off right away. Done well, it starts your HR resume off on the right foot.

HR Resume header

2. A strengths section

A resume should show what you’re good at (as well as where you’re looking to improve). Nobody is perfect and trying to list too many strengths without showing why you exhibit them won’t be impactful. This doesn’t necessarily have to be in your strengths section, but somewhere on your resume it should be clear that you really are proactive or good at coaching.

HR Resume strengths

3. An experience section

Obviously this is the core of any HR resume. The question is, how to structure it and include the most effective content. To start, a reverse chronological format (starting with your most recent experience) is generally ideal for HR professionals. From there, make sure the bullets describing your work experience are specific and focus on your impact. Then, make sure you only include relevant experience as a three page resume full of every side-job you’ve had since you were 15 isn’t ideal for anyone.

HR Resume experience section

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4. The technology you’re familiar with

While this may not have been the case one or two decades ago, technology is at the core of what HRs do today. That’s why you need to make it clear what tech you’re comfortable with using. Pay particular attention to any tech that has been mentioned in the job offer and make sure you list it if you’re familiar with it.

Human Resources Resume technology section

5. What you’re most proud of

This is one of the best places to really stand out for an HR resume. Beyond showing your personality, here you can list accomplishments that demonstrate strengths beyond what’s in your experience section. For example, you can demonstrate tenacity by mentioning learning a skill that took you many years. You can show that you’re empathetic by mentioning volunteer work or something similar. So get creative and show who you are!

HR Resume most proud of

6. Your education and certifications

Again, start this section by looking to the job description. What kind of education or certifications are they looking for? If you have a general HR background, it makes sense to mention it, but you can also show other education and relate it to HR. For example, use bullets to discuss HR related activities you engaged in at your schools.

HR Resume education section example

How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Human Resources (HR) role you want

There are few things you can do to improve your chances of getting hired more than getting referred to a position. Referred employees are hired 60% of the time compared to the 2% of regular applicants who typically get interviewed. That’s why it really makes sense to do whatever you can do leverage your personal network to get a referral.
Even if you don’t think you know anyone in the place you’d like to work for, your 2nd degree contacts just might. So start with LinkedIn or Facebook and try attending events and meetups to establish a better network. Even if you might not be able to develop one in time for this next job, those networks will be invaluable in the future.

Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.

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