Get your HR Advisor Resume Noticed, with a Compelling Summary

The resume summary is a very rich section designed to quickly demonstrate you've got what it takes! Let's look at two examples of very compelling resume summaries for HR professionals.

1. Summary for DEF Inc.

  • A strong HR profile with 7 years of relevant HR experience from large, international corporations.
  • Drives change and produces results under diverse business conditions, including acquisitions, hyper-growth, restructurings, outsourcing and integrations.
  • Merged four existing benefit plans into one corporate flexible benefit plan with $728,000 in annual savings while enhancing benefits to all employees.
  • Re-engineered HR organization: streamlined infrastructure and transitioned operations to shared services center in Montreal.

2. Profile

  • Accomplished human resources director with 13 years’ management experience in large, high profile, and complex public organizations.
  • Substantial experience in re-engineering critical HR processes, working with business units to develop high impact people strategies and realigning the mission, role, and structure of the HR function.
  • Extensive experience interpreting and applying [State] Compensation Plan and other employment laws and contracts.
  • Led a company-wide culture change process resulting in a shift in competitive mindset from regulatory to non-regulatory.
  • Drove setup of an HR organization for supporting business growth in China (growing from 3,000 to 6,000 employees over three years).

The goal of the summary is to: 1. show you qualify and 2. build a strong first impression. And you do that very, very quickly, in a few bullets. Also, unless you're too early in your career, you should mention how many years of experience you have. If appropriate, you can talk about your experience with up-to-date HR software or recent trends in employment benefits or recruitment. Sectors or specialties you've worked in can also bring a nice touch.

Make sure your resume summary is tailored!

Always remember the job ad when preparing your summary. Maybe you'll see certain keywords in there that need to be emphasized. There's no such thing as a good one-size-fits-all resume. It has to be customized. As I often repeat, accomplishments are the strongest elements of your resume, because they make you stand out from your peers. On your resume, you want as many accomplishments as possible. But in your summary, you have to choose a few that seem most relevant for the specific job you're applying for. Which means that your summary repeats your key accomplishments. It's a smart thing to be redundant with the most valuable info on your resume! A potential employer won't mind that you insist on six-figure annual savings or growing from 3,000 to 6,000 employees over 3 years.

More tips for people in Human Resources

If you write a strong summary using these tips, potential employers are much more likely to give your resume a good read. And that's a necessary step to getting more interviews!

If you're looking for more advice specifically for HR professionals, check out 5 Accomplishments to Make your HR Advisor Resume Stand Out. But if you feel like 5 isn't enough, get the HR Advisor Resume Hacking e-book!