How to Craft the Perfect HR Resume

How can you make your HR resume stand out from the pack of candidates vying for that dream position? You’ve seen countless resumes and you have the inside track on what works and what doesn’t … but, so do they!

Take a step back and look at your resume from a fresh perspective. Be sure it highlights those traits that make you uniquely qualified as a valued member of an organization’s talent management team.

Helpful Hints

Here are some guidelines to showcase your best characteristics as an HR pro. Be sure your resume features include:

  • A strong headline: Immediately after your name and contact information, include a prominent headline statement that tells who you are, relevant to your desired HR position. This replaces now-outdated “Career Summary” or “Professional Profile” sections. Include distinguishing credentials, specializations and experience.
  • Details on organizations where you’ve worked: Give the reader a clear frame of reference, not just the name of a company. For instance, include the number of employees and/or locations, or the specific business and industry if this requires clarification. Putting this information into context makes your experience all the more impressive.
  • An emphasis on your best achievements: This is where you can really set yourself apart. Describe how you have exceeded performance and business objectives, made a viable difference, produced measurable results or improved company culture.
  • Highlighted HR keywords: Look for opportunities to include the right keywords throughout your resume. This includes integrating them into your achievement bullets. You may even want to boldface them for added emphasis. Make your resume optimally “scanable.”

In addition, your resume must be:

  • ATS friendly: Follow best practices for formatting and keyword integration and density. Even though to most HR pros, SHRM-SCP or a similar industry acronym is well known, an ATS will readily pick up “Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional.”
  • Concise and clean: Omit any content that is irrelevant, unnecessary or “fluffy.” Review your resume repeatedly, and edit it carefully. Make sure every word supports your professional brand and current career goal. Avoid dense paragraphs, and allow ample white space. Your goal is maximum reader friendliness.

For the best HR resume, work with the best qualified staffing firm. The PrideStaff Modesto team can not only help you produce a winning resume, but also partner with you throughout your successful job search process. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.

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