I've been working for a recruitment company for nearly four years now and I'm after some advice on the best way to move into a HR position.
I hold a degree in business studies (which covered all areas of business including HR) and hold the REC diploma in recruitment practice, which look areas like employment law, practical interviewing etc.
I've been applying for a variety of roles - HR admin, recruitment coordinator etc but feedback is I dont have any HR experience. Inhouse recruitment roles are few and far between and not really my ideal move.
I've been considering self funding the CIPD level 3 (was the CPP), but what are peoples thoughts on this as a qualification - will it open doors? is it taken seriously in the industry? I can't really afford to self fund the full CIPD.
Any other advice / comments welcomed.
I made the move from recruitment to HR about 2.5 years ago so it is possible, in fact most of the people in my team in my first job had been in recruitment previously so maybe they were particularly recruitment friendly. I went to an agency and just asked for anything in HR to have a go at it and see if it was what I wanted to do. I was lucky and got an offer after a few interviews at different places from the employer I mentioned above.
I'm now an HR Advisor and Analyst and have managed to be successful without the CIPD qualifications (who knows how long that'll last) so I don't think it's essential to have them but they could give you the edge I suppose if you're competing against someone else who doesn't have them. I'd say that recruitment does have enough transferrable skills to be able to make the jump without having to do the qualification, you might just need to send a covering letter to say how enthusiastic you are about starting a career in HR and read up on current HR issues for the interview.
I would say try and get some experience at HR before you make the jump with the qualification. Also, it can be a lot about who you know as HR is quite tight knit so get networking (I got my second job by meeting the HR Director at an exercise class).
I may have been lucky but that is my experience. Best of luck to you!
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