5 HR job search tips
The HR jobs market is competitive so you’ll need to make yourself to stand out to be successful.
Here are our top tips on how to approach your job search.
Are you making the right move?
You will need to get to the bottom of why you want to move and explore what you can do about it. Is there any action you can take to help you get back on track? Only once you have tried everything you can, should you think about moving jobs.
What employers are looking for?
To get noticed in the first place, you need to articulate various commercial highlights in your career history – such as profit and loss and return on investment (ROI) achieved in real terms – in your CV
In addition to technical HR knowledge, employers are really looking for commercial awareness. To get noticed in the first place, you need to articulate various commercial highlights in your career history – such as profit and loss and return on investment (ROI) achieved in real terms – in your CV. Essentially, HR professionals need to speak the same language as line managers in other business areas within the company.
Skills to highlight on your CV
Employers will be looking for measures of how successful their HR function can be. So you need to highlight specific facts and figures regarding cost savings, hires made, employee relations cases and employee engagement surveys. Listing your achievements in addition to your responsibilities is essential.
Tailor you application
When you are applying for a new job, your application should always be tailored to the selection criteria in the advert and explain why you are the right person for the HR role. You will need to sell to a potential employer the benefits of hiring you as an employee. You should also think of your CV as a sales document – it needs to sell you and where you can add value as an HR professional and convince potential employers that it will be worth their time to interview you.
There's always something more to learn, or something that you can strive to do better than your competitors. Identify these areas, incorporate continuous learning as an integral part of your job and always seek to keep your skills and knowledge updated.
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For more career advice please contact:
Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa)
+27 (0)11 881 2414