By On Dec 01, 2019 Template Free
No matter how many hundreds, or even thousands, of resumes you have reviewed throughout your HR career, writing your own resume is always a challenge. It can be difficult to take a step back and look at your career objectively to identify what makes you uniquely qualified and distinctive from other candidates. Why are people going to remember you? Why will people want to hire you? What is your unique value to a new employer? The answers to those questions and many others should be the foundation upon which you build your resume and brand yourself for new professional opportunities. While there is no formula or single template to use in crafting an HR resume, there are certain guidelines that will help you write, format and design a resume that will showcase your greatest talents, accomplishments and value to a potential new employer. These seven, rules of the resume road, are applicable to all HR professionals, managers and executives.
Clean, clear, concise writing is the hallmark of a powerful and modern resume. Readers simply do not have the time or inclination to wade through irrelevant experiences, fluffy adjectives, unnecessary details and other, filler that weighs down many resumes. No one writes tight, lean and clean on the first pass. It requires repeated review, careful editing, and a constant focus on strategy and goals to determine what is important to include and what does not support your professional brand and your current career objectives. In addition to tight writing, pay attention to how your resume is formatted. Avoid dense paragraphs (anything longer than three or four lines) and allow ample white space to create an inviting document that rewards readers, whether they come for a quick skim or a more thorough read. Obviously, your professional experience and educational credentials are vital in positioning you as a well-qualified candidate. However, there are many other items you can—and should—include in your resume if relevant to your career. These items add further value, distinction and qualification. We recommend that you focus the above on professional activities and exclude common civic and/or community-based affiliations. Resume real estate—just one or two pages—is extremely valuable, so you want to be certain that each line of text adds strength to your candidacy.
Of course, your resume will start with your name and contact information (phone number and live links to both your e-mail address and LinkedIn profile) prominently positioned at the top of the page. Immediately following that, include a headline statement that tells readers, who, you are professionally in regard to your current career objective. With just a quick glance, readers instantly recognize that you are an HR generalist, an employee and benefits specialist, or a senior HR and organizational development executive. Your headline statement replaces the now outdated Career Summary or Professional Profile heading that you may have used in the past to begin the summary section of your resume. Those headings do not communicate any information, while your headline instantly does. After you have written your headline, think about adding one or two subheadings to further define your expertise. Do you have an industry specialization? Any distinguishing credentials? Experience with a hot-button HR issue? With just a few words, you can quickly convey relevant and valuable information about yourself that will set you apart from other candidates. In the two sample resumes that accompany this article, you will immediately notice the relevant headlines: Human Resources Manager for Leslie Grant, followed by three short, bulleted statements that summarize her key areas of expertise. (The resumes are both linked to each persons name, and appear at the end of the article.)
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