How To Write a Resume For Human Resource Job

Should you be attempting to gain a position within an organizations human resources department you should be aware that due to the current financial climate, organizations are more aware than ever about just how vital this aspect of their organization really is. Many companies are attempting to weather the storm of generally decreased sales and lower investor confidence by attempting to streamline their operations in order to be as productive and efficient as possible.

No aspect of an organization has a bigger effect on both of these qualities than it’s employees. Therefore the department that is responsible for them is now considered more important than ever and therefore the hiring of employees within that department is considered incredibly carefully. You therefore need to develop a resume that will stand out from the others should you wish to make it to the interview stage.

If you wish to get an interview, there are two things that you really need to get right on your resume. The first is that you need to demonstrate significant achievements within your previous HR role. The second thing is that you need to illustrate that you possess a few key characteristics and this can be done via your cover letter and your career objective statement. Regardless of your education or experience, getting these two points right is vital if you wish to get an interview. Nonetheless, pointing out your education and the degrees you have obtained are an important piece to any resume. Be sure to include details on your university and college education including online MBA programs.

Key Experience/Past Achievement Points

In order to get an interview it is essential that you illustrate your past achievements, this is common knowledge. A mistake often made however is not tailoring those achievements to the particular position that is being applied for. If you are indeed attempting to obtain a position in human resources, you should attempt to demonstrate a few key achievements that you could possibly repeat within the new companies department if you are hired. I will now outline a few examples:

  • You both initiated and developed a new policy or a new procedure.
  • You were responsible for a significant and verifiable improvement in a key area such as employee satisfaction or retention.
  • You were successful in training specific members of staff who are now getting on well in their position.
  • Any participation within a significant organizational development initiative.
  • Any participation within anything that involves improving employee morale (key at the moment)

Key Cover Letter/Career Objective Points

It is well known by almost everyone, not just those in HR, that getting your cover letter and career objective statement right is key to landing any interview. The same applies for positions in HR and there are a few important points about yourself that you need to get across. First you need to show that you are both an excellent communicator and an excellent negotiator as these two skills are an absolute must for any job in HR. Next you need to show that you care not only about implementing policies that benefit the company but also those that benefit the employee (this in fact also benefits the company).

You also need to show that you are capable of empathy. This is a tricky point to get across in a cover letter but should you manage to do it, it is an excellent characteristic to portray. Lastly you need to illustrate that you are both ambitious and innovative. Innovation within a companies HR department can of course have massive benefits to any company and is therefore highly valued in HR candidates.

In conclusion, the primary thing to remember is that because you have HR experience, you are in a unique position to put yourself in the shoes of the HR employee that is reading your resume. Just what is it that you would be looking for?

How to Answer Interview Questions

One of the greatest injustices about the hiring process is that it is not always the best candidate that gets the job. It is often the one that gives the best interview. In many ways how you handle yourself in an interview is as important as both your qualifications and your experience. There have of course been entire books written on the subject but the following five tips on how to answer interview questions are a very good place to start.

It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it

In my opinion this is one of the biggest things to remember when answering interview questions; it is also one of the most difficult things to perfect. You could give a textbook perfect answer to every question asked but if you give it while looking at the floor you might as well have turned up late. You need to answer questions confidently, maintaining eye contact at all times. Interviewers understand that you are nervous; this does need to be hidden. But you also need to demonstrate your confidence and your communication skills. There also quite a few very common pieces of behaviour that need to be avoided. These include:

Learn the questions in advance

Of course we all know the nightmare situation of a job interview. Everything is going perfectly, you’re sure you’ve done well and then all of a sudden you are asked a question and for the life of you, you have absolutely no idea what to say. After an uncomfortable pause, you realize that you kind of just need to start saying something and out of your mouths comes complete gibberish, that even you know makes no sense whatsoever and makes you look like a complete moron. Yes, there are indeed a few curve balls out there but they need not be something to fear. Almost all interviewers ask the same questions. Provided you do your research, you will be able to prepare for all of them. Some good answers to the most common ones can be found at

Research the company, industry and position in advance

Any opportunity to relate what you are saying specifically to the position on offer is a definite bonus. Doing so not only illustrates your points more clearly from the interviewer’s perspective but shows that you have done your research. An interviewer would like to believe that you are applying for this job for specific reasons and not just because you have not been hired elsewhere. Showing an interest in the company and the industry demonstrates this.

Be confident but not arrogant

This is a mistake that many people make. Employers do want to hear what you have achieved and the more the better. They are also looking to hire people who are confident and that fully believe in their abilities. You are of course trying to illustrate that you are better than everyone else who is applying for the position but many people go overboard and come across as arrogant. This is a massive turn off. Not only does nobody want to work with an arrogant person and therefore they negatively affect employee relations but an arrogant person cannot effectively work as part of a team.

Think before you speak

This may sound obvious but many people are terrified to pause before they answer a question. While I’m not saying that you should sit silently for a few minutes crafting the perfect answer but pausing for a few seconds to formulate your answer will not do you any harm. Think about normal conversations that you have with your friends. When you are asked a complex question, some thought is required. A delay of a few seconds is far better than answering the first thing that comes into your head.

Know when to shut up

Simple, short, concise answers are what are required in interviews. Of course there are many points that you want to get across but your life story is not required. One of the worst things that you can do in an interview is bore the interviewer. Figure out exactly what he is asking when he asks you a question and then answer that and only that.

Lastly keep calm

While interviewers expect candidates to be nervous, the calmer you are the better you will answer the questions and the better you will come across overall. There are many, many relaxation techniques and finding one that works for you can make a massive difference.

An important thing to remember is that interview skills will apply to all jobs that you go for. Therefore spending time researching and learning how to give better interviews now is an investment that will reap dividends throughout the rest of your career. These skills are also not necessarily one size fits all. You need to find an interviewing style that you are comfortable with and that suits you. Provided you can do this, you will not only spend far less time worrying about interviews you will also probably have a far more successful career.

5 Examples of Successful Career Objectives

Note – If you wish to read the Career Objective Examples, please scroll down to the 4th Para.

One of the most important aspects of resume writing is the inclusion of effective career objectives. A career objective is what you hope to achieve at the corporation that you are applying for work. The best way to illustrate your career objectives is within a career objective statement near the top of your resume. This statement should consist of a single paragraph that not only includes what you hope to achieve but what you have already achieved in your career thus far.

The most important thing to remember about your career objective statement is that by placing it at the top of your resume, it is the first thing that the reader will see and if it is not done properly it is likely to be the last. As you are probably aware when a position is advertised, far more resumes will be received than are actually read and never has this been more true than now, thanks to the current financial climate. Therefore if you even want your resume to be read in full, never mind wanting to actually land the job, you need to show your suitability for the position as fast as possible. This is the purpose of your career objective statement.

There are many different suggestions online for writing an effective career objective statement but the primary piece of advice that I can give you is that you need to offer a career objective that mirrors what the employer hopes the successful candidate would achieve at the company. Of course, you cannot know exactly what your potential employer is thinking but by putting a little thought into it you should be able to figure out what the right candidate could bring to a corporation within a particular position. This should be your career objective. Below are a few examples.

For The I.T Professional

I am seeking a position as an entry position as a software developer where I can work in a challenging environment and gain experience in working as part of a team to research and develop new software products.

For The B.P.O Sector

I am seeking a customer service position where I can expand on my experience in this field and utilize said experience to increase both customer satisfaction and the companies overall reputation.

For The Project Manager

I am interested in a project management position where I can increase my leadership abilities through regularly encountering and solving problems, managing budgets and meeting targets.

For Basic Computing Job

I am wishing to obtain an entry level position in an office environment where I can utilize my pre-existing skills in computing, database management and business intelligence and gain experience of working as part of a team.

For The H.R.M

I am hoping to acquire a challenging human resources management position where I make use of my extensive experience in the field to handle staff recruitment and promote employee relations to increase the overall effectiveness of your company’s workforce.

As you can see drafting career objectives is not exactly rocket science, however you would be surprised by how many people get them wrong. They are the first impression that your employer gets of you and failing to provide a flawless career objective statement is in many ways akin to arriving at your interview late.