Outline specific skills & achievements
Although there’s no denying that competition for jobs has intensified, there are still opportunities out there for senior HR professionals, so it’s vital to stay positive; employers are looking to hire individuals who can demonstrate an ability to add value in a challenging environment.
The first thing to think about when looking for a new job is your CV or application form. Often HR professionals don’t invest the time in their own job search and can struggle to identify their achievements, but in order to stand out from the crowd you need to have a solid CV. It needs to clearly highlight the value you can add to the potential employer – the goal is to set yourself apart from other professionals.
Don’t be too generalist, state your areas of expertise and then highlight the experience that supports this. What employers will be looking for are the extra responsibilities that you have taken on. For example, how many people have you managed? Who did you report to? Have you been on the board? Do you have any project and change experience?
On the whole, senior individuals produce good quality CVs due to their experience and understanding of what employers look for. But we still recommend you get someone else to review it in order to see if it clearly conveys what you have done and where your core competencies lie in relation to the role you are applying for.