myHRproblem: How can I move from recruitment to HR?

myHRproblem, agony aunt for myHRcareers HR networking and professional development community in LondonHi Dee, or whomever responds to these!

I thought it would be worth my time to try get a problem across, more of a career issue. I’m a recent psychology graduate who has been working in recruitment for the past 2 months. I really dislike the ethos behind recruitment and have found myself wanting to work in HR for a retail company as this was always the original plan, but I was concerned about waiting around after University and rushed into a career. I can’t currently fund a masters in HRM, however this is what I would like to do in the future. I’m in a dilemma where I am concerned if I left now and pursued a HR discipline it would look bad on my CV. Is there any guidance or help you could give me on my situation?

Kind regards
Anon

Dee Jas, resident agony aunt for myHRcareers. myHRproblem by myHRcareers community.
Hi, Dee here!

Firstly, thanks for sharing your problem. I’m sure there are others who are in a similar situation. I’m having to make some assumptions, as I’m not sure if you are working in agency or in-house recruitment. It’s important to be really clear as to what you dislike about being in recruitment, and to then ensure that by making a move to HR is definitely what you want to do based on what you discover – keep it real! Recruitment is a discipline within HR, so you’re in a good position as you already have some experience and should be able to demonstrate how attracting and engaging talent is critical to the overall success of an organisation. I don’t think it would look bad to pursue a career in HR at all, quite the contrary. You need to be confident that you will be bringing specialist skills to an HR role, and be clear as to why HR is the career path for you. My advice is to pursue your ambitions, life is short and if you express yourself well when applying and in interview as to why you’d like to make the change, anything is possible.

Good luck!

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