first_img Previous Article Next Article Havingworked in training management for several years (and possessing considerablegeneral business experience), I got a lucky break in 1999 and secured aposition as HR Manager for a small software company. Whilst I had no formaltraining in HR I had always been very aware of developments in this area andhas taken a keen interest in all Personnel type issues. I obtained the CIPDCert in Personnel Practice as a quick fix and during my time with this softwarecompany set up the company induction programme, set the recruitment &selection standards, designed and implemented the performance managementsystem, wrote the staff handbook and designed and implemented every HR policyand procedure, including all those necessary to ensure the company would obtainIIP. The company went into liquidation a short while ago and I am concernedthat my CV really only shows 2.5 years actual HR experience. I have been toldby agencies that this qualifies me to be an administrator only and that theachievements are not enough!! Am I stupid to continue to search for a senior HRjob or should I think again?( I am 46 so I know it will not be easy!) JoSelby, associate director, EJ Human Resources, writes:Thefocus here needs to be on the depth of your HR experience and your achievementsduring this time rather than on the length of time itself, and ensuring thatany relevant experience is drawn from your earlier career in trainingmanagement. You may want to review your CV to ensure that it reflects thisbefore approaching any more agencies.WhilstI certainly feel you can achieve more than an administrator position, I wouldsuggest that you keep an open mind with regards to opportunities. Eachorganisation and role requires specific experience and whilst you may not havethe right background for some, you will have for others. Unfortunately it is amatter of being patient and waiting for the right role.MargaretMalpas, joint managing director, Malpas Flexible Learning, writes:Ithink you should go after jobs which will use your experience and offer you achallenge. Lookagain at your CV, does it really show your achievements. It might be that thisis why agencies are giving you this apparently strnge advice.Theother thing to think about is getting those professional achievementsrecognised. There is a process called “Professional Assessment ofCompetence” from CIPD which enables your achievements to be matchedagainst the standards and then you can come out with Graduateship. You willneed 3 years professional experience so six months into the next job you mightbe ready for this. LindaAitken, consultant, Chiumento, writes:Firstof all it is important to ensure that you are dealing with the right agencies –be aware of their own specialisms and ensure that you choose one with somecredibility in your field, as some agencies can have a tendency to pigeon-hole youto suit their own area of business. You do need to consider, however, whetheryou really want to continue a career in mainstream HR or move into aspecialism. Setting your sights on an HR/training role with a smaller Companymay be a useful avenue to explore – if this is with a growing company it mayenable you to specialise relatively soon. Networking, of course, is the keyhere too – contact organisations directly, make use of all your contacts anddon’t just rely on using agencies – explore all the avenues and ensure your CVis demonstrating the drive, determination, professionalism and energy you couldbring to the role. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Surely I’m fit for more than an administrator role?On 18 Sep 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more