I want to get into more recruiting. I have been working in non-profit for 3 years and in college worked as a recruitment assistant. I worked in HR as a temp for 4 months as well. With that said, what are some of the positions that I should be applying for?
I’ve been getting calls back in recruitment coordinating. Is this a good place to start? However, I feel as though my previous experiences are relevant, in that I was recruiting, honing my writing skills, relational skills (employee relations) and learning administrative skills needed similar to what a person in HR would need. I feel a bit hesitant about taking such a low paying recruitment coordinator job, yet
I know I’m not qualified for corporate recruiting or the like. I’m not looking for a break to be situated where I’m not qualified but how should someone transitioning takle this situation. What should be my game plan? Should I get a certificate in HR? Should I take the position as a Recruitment Coordinator hoping that a few years down the road, I can be promoted?
This is a big transition and I would love some advice for the little guys out there dreaming and working toward corporate recruiting, HR consulting? Would a master’s help? What are some suggestions? How did you do it? I don’t want to limit myself and I know I can’t expect a position beyond my capabilities. Advice would help. Thanks!
Curious and Seeking Advice
To answer all your questions (except for the “how did you do it?” question), yes. Take the job, get a master’s degree, get your HR certification and a partridge in a pear tree!
Or not. A recruitment coordinator is an excellent place to begin. You’ll learn the basics of recruiting, which isn’t a bad place to start.
However, you do need to make sure that you don’t get trapped in such a position for ever. Sometimes it’s difficult to make that jump from a coordinator role to recruiter, or other HR position. If you are serious about an HR career, take the entry level job and start working on a master’s degree at night.
Now, granted, this isn’t entirely necessary. I do have a master’s degree, but it’s in Political Science, not HR or business. Having that degree helped me get in the door without much experience. (We tend to value degrees in HR–I think it makes us feel all kinds of important and smart.)
You can’t get certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or similar without 3 years of exempt HR experience. So, you need to work before getting certified.
Remember, though, that many HR people don’t have degrees in HR, so don’t worry about that so much. Just go for it.
I do, however, think that you learn the fastest in a small company with a small HR department. My second HR job was for a Credit Union that had 140 employees. I did recruiting, benefits and HRIS and helped with payroll. Talk about a learning experience.
Good luck with your new career path and welcome to the world of HR.