Human Resources professionals are the backbone of most organizations, providing recruitment, employee development, performance management, regulatory compliance, and many other functions that support the people who work in and run the business. HR professionals cannot reveal issues that might cross regulatory, personal privacy, or other guidelines. How do you manage to explain your work in a resume while fully maintaining discretion?
- Select your details. The number of a company’s employees and locations, its revenue, and the specifics about the company’s industry and specialties is all openly available. Those details provide context and help define the amount of work that falls to the Human Resources department, the diversity of the staff, and the type of information and issues that might arise.
- Provide numbers where you can. For example, you can mention that you worked closely with the legal department without saying that the company was involved in a class-action suit by 130 employees. You can certainly mention that you developed 15 training programs for 2000 employees, handled a $25 million budget, or led a five-member team.
- Correctly use the keywords specific to HR. Those keywords might include HIPAA, 401(k), restricting, training, talent management, conflict resolution, compliance—and so on. Read job descriptions and postings to find the keywords most often mentioned as desirable skills, experience, and knowledge.
- Highlight your credentials. List your professional education, certifications, and memberships, as they all serve to give you credibility. Technology and language skills are critical, including HRIS and payroll systems.
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