The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the lives of millions of workers across industries, and human resources professionals are no exception. White collar workers, like those in HR, have begun to feel the impact of layoffs and corporate hiring freezes. With businesses closing and billions of people out of work globally, the fallout is expected to last for a while, according to the New York Times.
If you worked in human resources and lost your job, take heart: Many companies are still hiring and need your experience. Although it may not seem like the best time to find work, many companies are hiring vigorously right now and need you more than ever.
Afterall, your experience as a human resources professional has given you a skillset that you can use just about anywhere. Here, we show you how and where to apply your skills.
Transferable skills to emphasize on your resume
Whether you are a recruiter, labor relations specialist, or a human resources assistant, coordinator, intern, administrator or executive, you have valuable skills that you can apply to many jobs in every industry. These are called transferable skills and emphasizing on your resume will give you a jump on the competition.
Below is a breakdown of the hard, technical and soft skills you may have mastered as a human resources professional that you should consider adding to your next resume:
Hard skills: Sales, training, development, business operations awareness, managerial, administrative, recruitment, onboarding, project management, technological aptitude
Technical skills: Computers, Human Resources Information Software (HRIS), applicant tracking systems (ATS), information technology, talent management software, database management
Soft skills: Communication, empathy, decision making, customer service, team building, negotiation, persuasion, organizational skills, collaboration, conflict management, leadership, ethics
Certifications and training: Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), Senior SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
These industries are hiring people with your skills
There are some industries, like large essential retailers doing mass hirings or non-profits that are ramping up staffing, that are still hiring HR professionals. Keep an eye on job boards like Indeed for these openings.
However, if you work as a recruiter, labor relations specialist, HR generalist, human resources assistant, HR operations coordinator, a benefits specialist, human resources manager, or a training coordinator, your skills qualify you for a variety of jobs that are hiring right now, including:
- Administrative assistant (for example, at a nursing home)
- Virtual executive assistant (for example, for a private client)
- Receptionist (for example at a hospital)
- Sales associate (for example, at an essential retailer such as Ace Hardware)
- Sales representative (for example, at a manufacturing company such as 3M)
- Stocker (for example, at a grocery store such as Safeway)
- Warehouse supervisor (for example, for an essential service like Amazon)
- Driver (for example, at a courier company such as UPS)
- Meal delivery person (for example, for a restaurant delivery company such as GrubHub)
- Grocery delivery person (for example, for an app such as Instacart)
- Bank teller (for example at a bank such as Chase)
- Caregiver (for example, at a health facility such as a nursing home)
- Cashier (for example, at an essential retailer such as Walmart)
How to apply for these roles and what you’ll need
- A current email address and phone number
- A resume
- Identification, such as a driver’s license or passport
- A current email address and phone number
- A resume
- A brief cover letter
How to find these jobs in your community
- LiveCareer Jobs
- Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) job board
Do I need a resume during the COVID crisis?
While it's true that some businesses are no longer requiring current resumes during the coronavirus outbreak, others prefer candidates who have them, so we advise giving yourself the best chance by crafting an updated resume before you begin applying for a job.
Some businesses might also require a cover letter, so again, it's best to be prepared. Even if it's not required, a cover letter could certainly help you stand out from the competition. All you’ll need are two or three short paragraphs to introduce yourself and describe what you bring to the table.
Below, we’ve provided a sample resume to help you as you update yours for your new position,
Text resume example: A human resources associate applying for administrative assistant role
Name: Caitlin Giles
Address: Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Certified Professional in Human Resources with eight years of experience distinguished by commended performance and proven results seeks administrative assistant role at a busy hospital. Extensive background in HR processes and duties, including employee recruitment and retention, benefits and compensation, conflict resolution, policies development, legal compliance and record keeping.
Summary of Skills:
- Demonstrated success developing award-winning team building programs
- Trained in negotiation tactics, with track record of win-win compromises
- Adept at writing corporate policies, employee handbooks, and job descriptions
- Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
- Skilled at administrative tasks such as digital file maintenance, with focus on efficiency
- Detail-oriented with excellent project management skills
Human Resources Associate
- Streamlined hiring and recruitment process to bring in 40-65 new employees annually
- Developed and implemented programs and policies in the areas of training, compensation structures, benefits packages, incentives and new-employee orientation
- Implemented company-wide team building excursions, fostered open-door policy throughout organization and created recognition and awards program, improving employee retention rate by 60 percent over two years
- Managed employee files for over 500 staff members
- Wrote employee handbook
MacDermot and Willis Law, LLC
- Worked closely with leadership to develop a regional recruiting strategy for key positions, delivering qualified candidates on time and under budget for one of the largest law firms in the Chicago area.
- Maintained and updated legal and government compliance files for state and federal regulations
- Processed new hire packages as they were completed
- Managed day-to-day employee relations
- Trained 50-member management team on interviewing techniques and best practices, conducting workshops and coaching sessions that contributed to sound hiring decisions.
- Updated and standardized company’s disciplinary procedures and created a tracking system that insulated the company from legal risk and ensured consistent and fair discipline practices.
- Organized 35+ recruitment events for over 100 attendees at a time
- Tracked and maintained records of 200+ temporary and permanent employees
- Developed and maintained relationships with HR teams at 150 companies to help them source the best temporary workers
- Wrote job descriptions
- Performed phone screenings of potential hires
Education & Certification
B.S., Business Administration - Human Resource Management
Southern New Hampshire University
Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)
LiveCareer Resume Builder example: A human resources associate applying for administrative assistant role