Regardless of what level you have reached in your career in Human Resources or what sector you are working in there are a number of key competencies that you should be able to demonstrate in your HR CV.
Put simply key competencies are the skills you possess which demonstrate your ability to do the job and these key competencies should be emphasised throughout your Human Resources CV.
Listed below you’ll find a list of key competencies for Human Resources. Depending on what level you have at in your human resource career a couple, some or many of these competencies can be used in your Human Resources CV
• CIPD membership
• a relevant third level qualification
• High level of credibility
• Excellent relationship building and communication skills
• Strong organizational and project management skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Solutions oriented
• Strong employee relations experience.
• Ability to suggest, develop, execute and track success of HR projects.
• Strong influencing skills with a bias for managing rapid change.
• Ability to partner well with senior management
• Ability to ensure that an organisation has appropriate tools and procedures to manage staff performance and to ensure that performance improvements are facilitated and supported.
• Ability to consult and partner with managers on succession planning and talent recognition and development.
• Develop needs forecasts (future requirements for managerial and leadership positions)
• Ability to develop and execute a Training & Development Plans
• Ability to organise coaching/mentoring/other support to staff
• Provide specific advice and guidance and counsel/coach managers and employees on all HR issues
• Promote policies and actions designed to make the workplace empowering, safe, secure and high quality
• Ability to identify, make recommendations and resolve any compensation and benefits issues with line managers, e.g. in recruitment, promotions/re-grades, in accordance with the appropriate policies.
• Develop and promote remuneration policies that are appropriate for the organisation and that support the recruitment and retention of skilled staff.
• Direct a process of organizational development that addresses issues such as succession planning, workforce development, key employee retention, workflow efficiency and change management.
• Develop strategic and annual HR plans that clearly identify and prioritise our needs for investment in HR with a focus on significantly upgrading the overall capacity of the organization.
• Ability to provide effective leadership to the HR team and coordinate them in the development and implementation of all HR policies and procedures, both global and local.
Once you have decided which of the key competencies fit best with your experience then you can start to build them into your CV. Remember you need to provide solid, real life examples to prove those key competencies. It is not enough to say you can do something you must be able to verify your claims.
Your CV is your own individual marketing tool - you are selling yourself to the employer and as such the language you use in your CV is critical.
The following is a list of ‘good’ selling words and words that help to highlight your strengths, when used to describe a skill that you hold or a task that you have achieved.
These words are ‘extra boosting’ selling words. These words serve to really emphasise a skill or achievement.
Of course with all CVs the golden rules still apply
No longer than 2 sheet of A4 paper
No spelling mistakes
Simple, clear formatting
Keep your CV concise
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