Dear Evil HR Lady,
I graduated with a BBA in Management in 2008 with a dream of becoming an Evil HR Lady like yourself. For the past 3 years I’ve been a legal secretary, and then spent several months as a secretary at a hospital. All this time I’ve been applying to HR jobs in the area citing my degree and any relevant work I’ve done (I have some experience with doing payroll, office management, and training). Obviously I haven’t gotten any of them, or I wouldn’t be writing; even a part-time HR position at a local plant which has been listed on their website for half of this year.
I’m currently unemployed and I’m afraid I’m already stuck in the secretary zone, forever managing self-important peoples’ calendars and making PowerPoints that no one ever looks at. I’ve had one interview for an HR position out of all that I’ve applied to, and I was runner up to someone who had some experience.
Most of the jobs I apply to require at least 3 years of experience in HR. How do I break into this field? What kind of job precedes HR Generalist? How do I get experience if every job requires experience? Friends suggest hounding companies I want to work for with resumes and cover letters every single day. Is bugging someone to death the way to do it?
To read the answer, click here: How do I escape the secretary zone?