HR CV: Examples & How to Write (+Templates & 25+ Tips)

As an HR professional, you might feel a little funny searching online for how to write a Human Resources CV. You might feel like a food critic looking up how to cook pasta al dente or a sports commentator looking for pointers on how to kick a ball with their children. Should you feel funny about this, though?

 

There’s quite a difference between being able to assess a thing and doing it yourself. No part of your job involves writing CVs. You’ve probably written no more CVs than the average worker. Still, there’s no denying that you expect big things of your own HR CV. It’s likely that others do as well, fairly or not.

 

Luckily, when it comes writing CVs, technique is more important than practice. And this article will provide you with the best techniques, step by step. There’s no denying that having been involved in the recruitment, screening and selection processes, you have an advantage—it’s time to leverage it.

 

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HR CV sample

  

Bethany Chapman

P: 077 4433 2211

E: bethany.chapman@lcmail.co.uk

L: linkedin.com/in/bethanychapman

 

Personal statement

 

Dynamic and forward-thinking HR professional with over 5 years’ experience working in different industries and for both SMEs and large corporations. Recently drafted new exit interview procedures that have already led to initiatives that have saved the company approximately £250,000 and boosted employee satisfaction levels by 15% on average and up to 70% on individual measures. Looking to leverage experience, knowledge and skills in HR Manager role at Henry & Michael Fashion Warehouse to help it scale the way of working for which it is quickly becoming famous.

 

Work experience

 

HR and Recruitment Officer

Zuru Customer Service Centre, Liverpool

August 2017—present

  • Recruited over 100 front-line agents, with an average first-year turnover 23% lower than previously.
  • Drafted three completely new onboarding programmes (for front-line agents, team leaders and middle management) that condensed the onboarding process to five consecutive days compared to previous onboarding processes that could span up to seven weeks.
  • Created a bifurcated assessment strategy that can be used to more accurately evaluate internal and external job candidates, increasing upward mobility by almost 20% and extending average retention by 8 months.
  • Led a push for training reforms that have left team leaders 34% more satisfied with their new hires and led to productivity increases worth at least £23,000 p.a.
  • Centralised and automated vacation planning procedures to ensure that a well-balanced staff remains over the summer period, keeping relative productivity (estimated per work hour) above 90%.

 

HR Administrator

CE Corporation, Liverpool

May 2015—July 2017

  • Streamlined the collection, verification, processing and approval of monthly timesheets and expenses claims from employees, reducing remuneration and reimbursement delays by over 80% on average.
  • Liaised with the Financial Department to ensure that monthly payments were made with a 4-day lead-time rather than the previous 2-day lead-time.
  • Systematised the administrative induction and lifecycle of employees, expanding induction topics covered by 50% while cutting the induction workload of the Office Manager by at least 33%.
  • Worked with the IT Department to establish a company intranet page dedicated to HR administration topics and questions, cutting down on repetition in other channels by 60%.

 

Education

 

BA (Hons) Human Resource Management (2:1), 2011–2014

Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool

(Including one-year placement with CE Corporation)

 

Skills

 

  • Communication: adept at communicating with a wide variety of people, from the most junior job candidates through to the highest echelons of management, both internally and with external partners, subcontractors and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of UK employment legislation and its application: stayed up-to-date with various changes in UK employment law, including pension auto-enrolment, changes to childcare benefits and Parental Bereavement Leave.
  • Teamwork: proactive team player with strong problem-solving skills, have developed and maintained a reliable network of collaborators.
  • Discretion: maintained confidentiality and acted with discretion and diplomacy when dealing with a myriad of personal details and employees’ often difficult personal circumstances.
  • Software: comfortable working with databases and reporting tools as well as MS Office (Excel, Word & PowerPoint), Workday, T&A Protime, and others, including Open Source suites like LibreOffice.
  • Training: proven ability to train at all levels, from C-1 to first-time-employed call centre staff.

 

Additional qualifications

 

  • Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management, CIPD, 2022 (expected)
  • DPG plc, Manchester (online)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Human Resources Practice, CIPD, 2016
  • ICS, Glasgow (online)

 

Professional development

 

  • Brexit: Implications for Employers, seminar series (assessed), 2017
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel HRM Techniques course, online, HR Studyweb Ltd., 2016
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel course, in-house, CE Corporation, 2015
  • Public Speaking in a Boardroom Setting, workshop, 2015

 

Read on to see how to write a CV for an HR job that’s at least as good as the one above and better than nine out of ten out there.

 

1. Start your HR CV with a personal statement

 

Imagine how much simpler your job would be if every candidate and even employee could sum up who they are and what they have to offer the company in three or four coherent sentences. Make life that easy for the HR professionals and hiring managers who come across your HR CV.

 

Keep it simple and make sure your CV personal statement does just three things and does them well. It should:

  • Clearly introduces you as an HR professional
  • Show (not tell) what you have to offer
  • Describe your goals (at least those goals that bring direct benefits to the company)

 

Does your HR CV personal statement answer the following questions? You could even write out your responses one after the other and end up with a coherent and concise personal statement. Keep it to 3–4 sentences and 50–150 words.

  • What are you like as an HR professional?
  • In what industry or industries and/or kinds of companies have you been working?
  • For how long?
  • What’s your most impressive/relevant achievement?
  • (Optional) What’s your most unique achievement?
  • What are you hoping to be able to achieve in this job? (For the company, not yourself).

 

Whether or not you’re experienced with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs), it’s an increasingly safe bet to assume that the company to which you’re applying is using one. So pay attention to the keywords you use (it’s best to use wording similar to the one in the job advert) and be sure to mention the name of the position and the company name in your personal statement.

 

It’s best to write your personal statement last, or at least after you’ve prepared your job descriptions (and that's why it's also called a CV summary). You’ll be able to do a much better job once you’ve gone through and written out and quantified your HR achievements. Come back to this section later and keep it mind in the meantime.

 

HR CV personal statement example

 

Dynamic and forward-thinking HR professional with over 5 years’ experience working in different industries and for both SMEs and large corporations. Recently drafted new exit interview procedures that have already led to initiatives that have saved the company approximately £250,000 and boosted employee satisfaction levels by 15% on average and up to 70% on individual measures. Looking to leverage experience, knowledge and skills in HR Manager role at Henry & Michael Fashion Warehouse to help it scale the way of working for which it is quickly becoming famous.

 

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2. Write the kind of HR CV experience section that wows even you

 

Just in case your recruitment experience has taught you otherwise, it’s best to stick with a chronological format for your HR CV. So start with your most recent job description and work your way back from there. This is what most hiring managers are accustomed to and it’s easier for an ATS to parse.

 

Use this template to create a subheading for each CV job description:

 

[Job Title]

[Company Name, Location]

[Dates of Employment]

 

Populate each job description with up to six bullet points. Merely listing your duties and responsibilities is definitely not the way to go here. Instead, come up with a measurable achievement for each bullet point. Quantify everything you can and focus on the benefits you brought to the company.

 

Use accomplishment statements to help structure and quantify your achievements. You could also incorporate something like a PAR (Problem Action Result) formula to develop your bullet points. Start with a strong verb and describe the actions you took to address a problem, quantifying the result.

 

Writing an HR CV with little or no work experience? Follow the above guidelines focusing on any internships, placement work, and volunteer work you’ve done and put this section after your education section. If you have no experience at all, then a student CV might be better suited to your circumstances.

 

HR CV job descriptions sample

 

HR and Recruitment Officer

Zuru Customer Service Centre, Liverpool

August 2017—present

  • Recruited over 100 front-line agents, with an average first-year turnover 23% lower than previously.
  • Drafted three completely new onboarding programmes (for front-line agents, team leaders and middle management) that condensed the onboarding process to five consecutive days compared to previous onboarding processes that could span up to seven weeks.
  • Created a bifurcated assessment strategy that can be used to more accurately evaluate internal and external job candidates, increasing upward mobility by almost 20% and extending average retention by 8 months.
  • Led a push for training reforms that have left team leaders 34% more satisfied with their new hires and led to productivity increases worth at least £23,000 p.a.
  • Centralised and automated vacation planning procedures to ensure that a well-balanced staff remains over the summer period, keeping relative productivity (estimated per work hour) above 90%.

 

HR Administrator

CE Corporation, Liverpool

May 2015—July 2017

  • Streamlined the collection, verification, processing and approval of monthly timesheets and expenses claims from employees, reducing remuneration and reimbursement delays by over 80% on average.
  • Liaised with the Financial Department to ensure that monthly payments were made with a 4-day lead-time rather than the previous 2-day lead-time.
  • Systematised the administrative induction and lifecycle of employees, expanding induction topics covered by 50% while cutting the induction workload of the Office Manager by at least 33%.
  • Worked with the IT Department to establish a company intranet page dedicated to HR administration topics and questions, cutting down on repetition in other channels by 60%.

 

3. Include a concise education section in your HR CV

 

A university degree is almost always required to get into HR. Make sure yours is front and centre in your HR CV education section. Keep to the reverse-chronological format so that your highest level of education comes first. If you have a university degree, then there’s no need to mention high school.

 

Use the following template for both university degrees and other tertiary qualifications:

 

[Degree Type] [Degree Name](Degree Class), [Years Attended]

[Institution Name], [Institution Location]

 

If you’re currently studying, then include an expected graduation date. If you don’t have a university degree, then use the following templates to detail your high school education:

 

A-levels: [Subject Name 1], [Subject Name 2], [Subject Name 3]

[School Name], [School Location], [Years Attended]

 

[number of] GCSEs (including Mathematics and English)

[School Name], [School Location], [Years Attended]

 

HR CV – education section example

 

BA (Hons) Human Resource Management (2:1), 2011–2014

Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool

(Including one-year placement with CE Corporation)

 

 

4. Showcase your skills in your HR CV the right way

 

It’s easy to at best skim over an applicant’s skills section. Listing skills on a CV is for some people little more than an opportunity to dream up the perfect employee. Or clone the skills listed in the job advert. Although it’s true that you should at least cover those required skills, you can do much better.

 

Make a master list of your HR skills, listing everything that comes to mind (hard, soft and IT skills). Now go back and add a sentence onto each skill, showing how and when you’ve demonstrated it at work. Be as concrete as you can. Any skills you can’t do this for don’t make the cut. Save this list for future applications.

 

Copy 5–10 skills from your master list into your CV, at least covering what’s spelt out in the advert. Notice how a list like this carries so much more weight than a list of skill keywords. On the topic of keywords: substitute synonyms to mirror the keywords used in the advert to stay on top of any ATS being used.

 

HR CV skills

 

  • Communication: adept at communicating with a wide variety of people, from the most junior job candidates through to the highest echelons of management, both internally and with external partners, subcontractors and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of UK employment legislation and its application: stayed up-to-date with various changes in UK employment law, including pension auto enrolment, changes to childcare benefits and Parental Bereavement Leave.
  • Teamwork: proactive team player with strong problem solving skills, have developed and maintained a reliable network of collaborators.
  • Discretion: maintained confidentiality and acted with discretion and diplomacy when dealing with a myriad of personal details and employees’ often difficult personal circumstances.
  • Software: comfortable working with databases and reporting tools as well as MS Office (Excel, Word & Powerpoint), Workday, T&A Protime, and others, including Open Source suites like LibreOffice.
  • Training: proven ability to train at all levels, from C-1 to first-time-employed call centre staff.

 

5. Add extra sections to your HR CV

 

You’ve probably seen some pretty breathtakingly misjudged inclusions on candidates’ CVs. But, in the right hands, those extra sections on a CV can really help paint a fuller picture of the applicant. So don’t shy away from supplementing the sections above with something more uniquely yours.

 

It’s true that something like a CIPD diploma could just as easily go in your education section, but it’s just as correct to give these kinds of things their own section (certainly at award level). You could also add languages, non-work related achievements, even hobbies. As long as it’s relevant it’s fair game.

 

HR CV additional sections sample

 

Additional qualifications

 

  • Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management, CIPD, 2022 (expected)
  • DPG plc, Manchester (online)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Human Resources Practice, CIPD, 2016
  • ICS, Glasgow (online)

 

Professional development

 

  • Brexit: Implications for Employers, seminar series (assessed), 2017
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel HRM Techniques course, online, HR Studyweb Ltd., 2016
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel course, in-house, CE Corporation, 2015
  • Public Speaking in a Boardroom Setting, workshop, 2015

 

6. Take care of your HR cover letter

 

Maybe you’re one of those people who never reads cover letters, maybe the cover letter is the first document you reach for. It goes without saying that you should always assume you’re dealing with the latter when you submit your HR CV. All good cover letters share the same basic structure:

  • A header laid out in accordance with the UK business letter format
  • An appropriate, formal salutation
  • The body of the letter
  • A sign-off that matches the salutation

 

Make your HR cover letter stand out by writing 3–5 body paragraphs that include:

  • A strong, confident opening
  • A carefully curated showcase of your HR achievements
  • A razor-sharp wrap-up and compelling CTA.

 

Done right, your cover letter will end up being over half an A4 page but no longer than one A4 page, about 250–400 words in total, including:

  • The opening paragraph—between 60 and 80 words
  • The main body paragraph(s)—between 120 and 200 words
  • The closing paragraph(s)—between 40 and 60 words.

 

If you’re in the ‘cover letters don’t matter’ camp, then it can be easy to fall into the trap of assuming other HR professionals will be the same. Include a cover letter unless it’s been made clear that you shouldn’t do so. Better to have a great cover ignored than a bad one taken into consideration.

 

What else to keep in mind when writing an HR CV?

 

Many of the following things will be obvious to you, but it’s the obvious things that we’re most likely to overlook. Consider this a final pre-flight checklist for the next leg of your HR career.

 

Formatting

 

 

Length

 

Are you within the one-page-per-decade-of-experience limit? Don’t go over two pages, no matter how experienced you are.

 

Spelling and grammar

 

Check you HR CV and cover letter (yes, again). Run spellcheck, feed your documents through a web app, get another pair of eyes on both documents.

 

File type

 

The only reason not to use PDF is if you’ve been explicitly asked to use something else.

 

Following up

 

Follow up if you haven’t heard back after a week. Think of how you’d perceive a candidate who did this.

 

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Did you like our sample HR CV? I hope this has article has answered some of those questions that you were afraid to ask. Is there anything you’d like more information on? Is there anything you’d like to respectfully disagree with? Leave your questions, comments and feedback below. We’d love to hear from you!

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