Human Resources Resume Example and Writing Tips

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If you're applying to work in human resources, it's a given that every aspect of your application has to be flawless. That's especially true for your resume. Interviewers will be assessing its format, style, and word choices, as well as examining your skills and experience. 

Most likely, you've seen a ton of resumes throughout your career in HR. But that doesn't necessarily mean that creating your own will be easy. To get started with writing or updating your resume, review this sample created for a human resources position. It includes work experience, education, and examples of hard and soft skills.

As you review the text, notice its use of special, attention-grabbing techniques, which include its incorporation of an initial Summary of Qualifications and narrative descriptions of the candidate’s work experience that feature bulleted details about quantifiable achievements.

It also incorporates industry-specific keywords that will ensure the resume performs well during initial screenings by hiring managers.

What to Include in Your Resume

The most important aspect of your resume will be emphasizing your accomplishments and how you have impacted the Human Resources bottom line. Insert reference to critical areas like how your efforts influenced employee morale, retention of strong performers, identification of highly sought after talent, cost savings for recruitment and benefits, reduction of legal liability, enhanced compliance, improved union relations, and reduction of employee conflicts. 

Use keywords that denote impact and positive change like enhanced, increased, improved, reorganized, expanded, created, reduced, re-configured, instituted, revamped, designed, activated, maximized, re-engineered, and eliminated. Wherever possible, use numbers to establish the magnitude of change, improvement, or impact. For example, "Increased year-over-year retention of sales leaders by 25% by reconfiguring the formula for commissions."

Whenever possible, point to any recognition you have received from management or other stakeholders for a job well done such as promotions, employee awards, selection to work on vital institution-wide projects, above average bonuses or merit pay increases, and election to leadership positions in professional groups. Use action words that imply recognition such as awarded, selected, elected, recognized, promoted, or designated.

Human Resources Resume Example

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Human Resources Resume Example (Text Only)

Jane Applicant
123 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34230
(555) 123-1234


Highly experienced, forward-thinking Human Resources Coordinator well-versed in optimizing national workforce recruitment efforts for established medical services provider.


  • Unparalleled accuracy and accountability in facilitating recruitment and hiring processes to include background checks, drug and alcohol screenings, and records administration.
  • Utilize empathy and clear-cut communication skills to explain personnel benefits and HR processes, address and defuse employee issues, and ensure optimal workplace morale and productivity.
  • Solid technical command of Microsoft Office Suite, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and QuickBooks Payroll.


Human Resources Coordinator, September 2008–Present
Collaborate with each office territory and develop processes to enable compliance and recruitment of national field employees following medical client guidelines and contracts.

• Processed background checks and coordinated drug screenings for more than 1,200 new hires.

• Expedited preparation and compliance of files to ensure deadline-critical readiness for health organization accreditation.

Operations Supervisor, July 2007–September 2008
Bookseller, April 2004–July 2007


Human Resources Management Certificate (2005)
University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.

College Accounting 101 (2003)
Sarasota City College, Sarasota, Fla.

Certificate of Part 1 of Legal Executives Exam (2003)

  • Bromley Technical College, United Kingdom