What level of HR should I aim for?

first_imgI am studying for a postgraduate diploma in HRM. Although I have not held anHR role, I have four years’ team management experience in the public sector andhave co-ordinated busy departments, dealing with recruitment, payroll andissuing contracts. Which entry level would be appropriate for a move into HRand which industry would be easiest to transfer into? Claire Coldwell, consultant, Chiumento The appropriate level for your move into HR will depend upon the nature ofthe experience you list and what exactly your responsibilities are in yourcurrent role. Compile your CV so that it sells your HR achievements to secure you aninterview regardless of whether you have been working in a HR role. You need toclearly indicate what you have done in team management, how it has helped thebusiness and what skills you have shown that an employer would want. Rather than focus on a job title for your prospective move, look in detailat what each role has to offer, how your experience matches that and how youwill develop your skills. Circulating your CV to agencies and also to organisations that appeal to youshould help prospective employers to understand where you fit in career terms. Being able to demonstrate that you are studying for HR exams will alsosupport your proposed move into a front-line HR role. Given that your experience is in the public sector, it will be easier tofind a role there initially, or perhaps jobs in similar areas such as charitiesand the voluntary sector. Once you have obtained more front-line HR experienceyou will find it easier to make the move into the commercial sector. I also recommend that you seek a position working for an HR manager whorecognises your strengths and experience and is prepared to support yourdevelopment. Jo Selby, associate director, EJ Human Resources At this stage, I suggest that you keep your options open and do not limityourself to considering any one particular industry sector or level ofposition. The first step to making such a move is to compile your CV, ensuringthat you highlight any relevant HR experience, such as recruitment and payroll.After that, register with agencies and discuss your experience andaspirations and any opportunities they currently have available. The market is relatively slow at the moment so you may find opportunitiesare limited, but do be patient and wait for the right role. You may also wish to search on the Internet and in the HR press for suitablepositions and apply direct to organisations. In the meantime, continue to be asinvolved as you can with any HR-related issues within your currentorganisation. Margaret Malpas, joint managing director, Malpas Flexible Learning You’ll find it easiest to transfer within the public sector. I wouldrecommend that you look at senior personnel officer posts (although job titlesare notoriously variable as an indicator of level and responsibility). Try tocapitalise your existing knowledge and experience with recruitment and payroll. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article What level of HR should I aim for?On 18 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more