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HR and Recruiter Resume Samples and Tips
You’ve settled on the Human Resources (HR) Resume Format Guide. If you’re wondering how to write a human resources resume, we will teach you how on this page. We make it simple and easy to follow.
If you have any questions as you read through the guide below note them down and ask them in the comments and one of our resume experts will anwer them.
Writing An HR Contact Section
As you can see from the picture below, the contact details should include your name, phone number, address, and e-mail. You can also include your LinkedIn account link, though this is optional. This information should be styled in an easy to read, and aesthetically pleasing format, like the picture below demonstrates. If you're an HR professional you know how frustrating it is when contact information isn't organized or formatted properly, so this section should be a breeze for you.
Although you don’t have to copy the exact styling from the picture above, you’re better off keeping it simple, but readable. You’ll nonetheless need to understand a few word processing format tricks to get the right look.
Writing a Useful Career Objective
The resume objective section is always to be written with the needs of the COMPANY in mind. This seems a little bit backwards – after all, isn’t this about your career goals? Well it still is, sort of. After all, you’re theoretically applying for a position that is relevant to your education and profession. Nonetheless, if you want to be an attractive candidate, you’ll need to study the job description that the hiring manager has posted, and ensure that your resume is tailored to “respond” directly to what they’ve written.
As someone in human resources, here’s how you can do that effectively in the career objective section. First, if you have professional experience, write how many years you’ve been working in HR. If you’re an entry-level candidate, you’ll need to emphasize your coursework and GPA. Secondly, write whether you have any licensing/certifications. For instance, do you have PHR, SPHR, GPHR, PHR/CA or SPHR/CA credentials? If not, you might want to look into getting them and the same goes for writing awards and honors on your resume as detailed here.
The hiring manager will hopefully have written the major scope of the job responsibility they need filled. If you already have experience within those guidelines, definitely say so. If you do not, then try to link education or previous work experience to the new responsibilities, so that the hiring manager can be confident that you understand and are up to the challenge.
Star Wars is actually about an unsuccessful Dark Side recruiter.
Are you changing careers into Recruiting? You need a career objective. Have you just left school, college or graduated? You need a career objective. It's that simple. Career changing and a lack of work experience means you need to explain to a potential Hiring Manager just what you want.
Here's an example resume career objective for a career changing Recruiter:
"A former Administrative Assistant with 7 years experience of reducing costs through reviews of corporate operations. Seeking a Recruiter position to apply my hawk-eye budget handling and interpersonal skills"
Firstly, all bullet points should begin with a verb-phrase. The top bullet point should be the most impactful and impressive, and also closely linked to the job responsibilities in the application you are responding to.
NEVER repeat bullet points, even if you had the same job responsibilities between jobs. Watch this helpful professional experience presentation and go into further depth on your resume. Finally, try to include numbers and figures that describe the kind of work you did, to help the hiring manager get an impression of the scope and size of your duties. Here’s the sample below:
Here are some job description verb-phrases that are commonly seen on employee relations resumes.
- “Worked with upper management to foster a positive work environment where employees feel comfortable, valued, and able to perform at a high level.”
- “Formulated new programs and objectives to improve employee satisfaction, raising company morale from 74% to 85% in two months.”
“Develop,” “assist,” “encourage,” “increase,” are also all verbs that you can use to describe your experience as an employee relations worker. Basically, you should try to paint a clear picture of your work experience by including numbers whenever possible (as in the above example) and by being specific. This way, the hiring manager will know what you are capable of doing, and won’t be bogged down and confused by vagueness.
Be confident in your work experiences, unlike Greg.
One of the main achievements of a Recruiter is to reveal how you were able to save costs for an organization. This may include hiring persons within a tightly framed budget as to their salary and bonus requirements. It may also include reducing administration and training costs. State these numbers in dollar or percentage terms whenever it is possible as they jump out to anyone reading your resume. Some examples include:
- Implemented energy conservation program saving the company $20,000 annually.
- Streamlined annual review process resulting in timesavings of nearly 60%.
Other desirable skills on a Recruiter resume include report making for greater decision making. The ability to define ideas and apply them to existing organizational structures are also seen as beneficial and will be sure to open the eyes of potential Recruiters.
One great example of a Recruiter achievement includes the skill to not only hire new competent staff but to retain them. You could write something like "Hired 12 personnel within 3 years, retaining 80% of staff", as most of us are aware; a happy employee is usually part of a successful team.
The additional skills area of your resume should have more general, but still related skills to your job. For instance, having bilingual ability is an excellent example to put in your additional skills section as an HR worker. Your ability to use certain pieces of software, type quickly, or do Internet research are some others. Here's an example of an additional skills section below.
The additional skills section can be supplemented by your certifications and licenses as well.
In this final section, all of your skills that are relevant employee relations should be written down in bullet points. The picture below can give you an idea of how to do this.
Here's a hint for you. Software. Of course there's the standard software you should probably know at least to a basic level such as Microsoft Word. But have you thought about advancing your skills in other types such as Quick Books and statistical computer software?
Also note down any certificates in a new certificates section. This may include HR Certification Institute (HRCI) or Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC). A certification can really help you stand out from the crowd.
Action Verbs To Use
Think about money saving verbs such as "reduced" and "streamlined" in addition to people person skills such as "collaborated" and "advised". Monitoring employees is quite different from managing. Which type of recruiter do you want to be?
And that's all you need to know about formatting your resume! Best of luck with the job search!
We've highlighted the Associations section because while it isn't necessary, it just demonstrates that a resume can be flexible, and that you can mold it to show off the the little things that make you a more valuable and interesting job candidate. If you have any questions let us know in the comments below, our Senior Resume Consultants would love to hear from you!