Career advice, insights & tips for HR professionals
Give your career a workout. Business partner CV essentials 28/10/2012
We all understand the business partnering principles and many people actively pursue successful partnering relationships with their line stakeholders. When it comes to writing your CV, how can you showcase your abilities to ensure you stand out in the crowd?
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- Are you a true HR business partner?
- Showcase your commercial acumen
- Demonstrate your relationship management
- Prove your pro-activity and pre-emptiveness
- Are you innovative?
- Include reliable measurement & metrics
- Gain the upper hand
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Are you a true HR business partner?
Business partnering principles apply to all HR roles. After all, it's a matter of commercial customer service and consulting that we are offering, whether a generalist, an L&D specialist or in reward.
For all HR professionals, here are the key differentiators that need to be included in your CV. Follow the checklist and see how easily you can improve your essential marketing document.
Showcase your commercial acumen
Demonstrate your commercial knowledge. Show you're primarily a business person who clearly adds measurable value to the business. What part have you played in non-HR activities?
Demonstrate your relationship management
Show the recruiter you're an expert at building easy and difficult relationships and able to influence and persuade to ensure HR has a credible voice. Remember this role is about partnering - a relationship of mutual trust and benefit.
Prove your pro-activity and pre-emptiveness
Give evidence and examples where you have sought out opportunities and acted upon them, rather than waiting for work to come to you. As a BP, you're not a strategist, you implement the strategy, but how often have you pre-empted a situation and delivered a vital solution? Deliver tomorrow today.
Are you innovative?
What have you thought of and initiated that's returned real business benefit? Creativity does not have to be earth shattering, just effective continuous improvement. Innovation will take business and certainly HR to the next level.
Include reliable measurement & metrics
If a CV doesn’t have metrics to prove achievement, the reader will doubt that the success is real. Metrics must be overtly included in your achievements. Reducing benefit costs, improving time to hire, reducing absenteeism and improving employee engagement are just a few of the measures one could include.
Gain the upper hand
Your CV is a subjective and complex document, but in this market, it's never been more important. Set yourself apart by showing the recruiter that not only do you meet the brief, but give them evidence of some great achievements that they will certainly want you to do for the hiring company.
Have a really good look through your achievements and make sure that they highlight these BP competencies. Many people won’t, so you’ll immediately have the upper hand. The process will also start to prepare you for the interview you will inevitably get.
Paul Deeprose, director, The Career Gym
Paul is an HR career develoment coach, having worked in line HR, run a business and spent 13 years in HR search and selection partnering global businesses and SME's. Paul has a reputation for taking a huge interest in the individuals he works with and is driven by helping them succeed.