There is something a little ironic about applying for a job in HR; when you're eventually hired it may be you who is sat on the other side of the fence, assessing the CVs and deciding a candidate's future.
But for now you are the applicant and you need to make sure that your CV distinguishes you from all others applying for the same job. The key to writing a strong CV is to show an employer that you can do what you claim you can do. Most people fall into the trap of simply listing all their skills on their CV. Lots of candidates will be able to claim these attributes, but only you can show off your experiences and achievements.
Think of the first page of your CV as an A4 poster that offers at least half a dozen key pieces of evidence that match you to the job and the �essential requirements' stated in the job description. Read through as many job descriptions as you can to find out exactly what it is that the employers look for in the perfect HR candidate, then show you have used these skills in a practical setting.
HR employers look for people who are good with people, as well as candidates who can demonstrate good organisational skills. Think of every situation you have had during your career or work experience where you have had a positive impact on a situation. Have you helped deliver a new training schedule for new employees? Have you organised and communicated new procedures relating to holiday allocations?
These are the situations where you can demonstrate the influence you can have on their business. Try and relate your HR experience to areas of the job description where the key responsibilities lie. If they expect you to
"Provide advice and guidance to managers relating to grievance and disciplinaries." then state in your CV that you "Presented findings the the board from grievance procedure research that improved the internal complaints procedure, reducing the time taken to resolve conflict by 80%."
Wherever possible look to include facts and figures on money generated or time saved that will help employers see the value you can bring to their business.
If you don;t have work experience to refer to, there are always situations outside the workplace that require you to deal with people and processes so explain what you have done to overcome difficulties or improve procedures. employers don't expect you to have all the answers, just the potential to perform.
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