Best job to get to transition into HR?

Does anyone know where to start in HR please?

My goal role in 5 years let’s say is Chief People Officer / People & Culture Director, etc.

My background is 12+ years in customer/client experience, coaching, sales, and account management. I’m finishing a Lv7 executive coaching course and starting a CIPD Lv5 people management course.

Any ideas on what roles I can start with? Don’t care if it’s a simple role, getting in with a good company is important.

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I started out as an HR Coordinator and in 5.5 years made it to Director level. My advice would be to target smaller companies that are fast-paced and lean with a lot of exposure to the executive team. Also, it may be beneficial to keep your experience general and avoid specializing in one certain area of HR, unless there is one that you really like (like talent acq., etc.)

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I second this! Smaller companies give you a lot more experience and responsibilities a lot faster. General experience is good to start (coordinator, generalist) unless you already know how you want to specialize. It’s easier to go from full-spectrum to specialized than it is to go from specialized to full-spectrum

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I started off as a recruiter

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i just took any offer and got my foot in the door

Start off as anything in HR. It’s all about how you tailor your resume. It doesn’t always have to be at the bottom. What kind of coaching did you do. Account management- translate that to HR responsibilities. Client experience- pull skills from there that would translate to HR.

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I started as HR Coordinator, an hourly administrative role that exposed me to basic HR operational functions. Moved into an HR Rep. role the next year and then up the exempt ladder in Generalist and Management roles.

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Like HRC 1 says below, try and tailor your resume, and hopefully interview, to highlight those experiences you’ve had that are people oriented, which has basically been all of your experience thus far. You can learn the day to day HR stuff on the job in an admin role and gain experience as you progress, but it looks like you’ve already nailed the hardest part, relating to people!

I’ll echo a few of the comments. My general recommendation would be to become a recruiter in the industry that you came from- whether internally or at a staffing agency. From there, it will be easier to transition to other HR positions. Director of Talent / Recruiting is a path to HR leadership.

I also agree that you should tailor your resume to the position, so that you don’t need to start at the bottom.

Chief People Officer in 5 years is aspirational, but possibly attainable at a smaller company.

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To echo what people above have said, I think the easiest way to do this would be as a recruiter. Generally smaller companies (SMBs of 25-250) will allow for more opps. I would look into the industry you are trying to target and go from there.
Personally I know that the smaller accounting and consulting firms are looking for internal recruiters right now, so that may one option to look into.

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Try starting in an entry level role in a small or start up business. In these types of businesses you tend to always have to pick up more and get great exposure to many things. It may be attractive for the CV to swing for a ‘big name’ but early in your career it’s actually most important to gain the exposure and experience rather than the name.

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I wanted to get into recruiting. No one gave me a shot

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