I am a HR generalist: What should I put on my CV?

Helen Gallagher 15.05.2017

I have included some general points which cover all of the broad ranging areas of a generalist HR practitioner at a junior or a senior level which should be included in a HR CV. 

Every HR job description will place a stronger emphasis in one or two areas, it’s important to note this and to expand on this in your CV. 
 
A HR generalist or HR manager's CV should include: 
 
Main duties & responsibilities 
 
Communication
  • Liaise with business partners ensuring consistent roll out of HR policies and communications.
  • Provide information for HR monthly reports: mention a number of reports you are involved in.
 
Finance
  • Support HR business planning and headcount process.
  • Manage and support payroll activity on behalf of HR Dept which includes bonus process and salary benchmarking for the site.
  • Ensure departmental spend is within budget while maintaining superior service.
 
Employee relations
  • Provide support and advice on employee relations matters.
  • Provide support and advice on employment legislation.
  • Manage monitoring and reporting of absence, lates, etc. 
  • Advise people managers on performance improvement guidelines.
 
Recruitment
  • Manage the recruitment and selection of direct and indirect employees within the company.
  • Manage contract renewal process.
 
HSE (Health Safety and Environmental) 
  • Play an active role in HSE within the company.
 
Learning and development
  • Support management/employee development.
  • Manage organisational talent review process.
  • Manage succession planning and career development.
  • Support company learnings and development initiatives.
  • Management of performance review process.
  • Support mentoring program.
 
Project management
  • Lead and support business related projects, where requested, to drive HR and the business forward.
 
Other
  • Continuous improvement focus.
  • Support overall strategy and annual improvement plans.
  • HR compliance focusing on audit preparation and documentation for the site.
 
Systems:
Always ensure you detail all systems experience clearly on your CV.
 
Education:
Note all academic qualification ensuring any in-house or external course in particular anything relating to employee relations.
 
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Global Head of HR
hgallagher@morganmckinley.ie