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I know there isn’t a one size fits all when it comes to mapping your HR journey, but I do have a question, for those in executive HR roles. It seems like most come from the talent acquisition side. I have yet to find one come from the total rewards side. If I’m to take the next step, to get to my goal of being the head of HR, do I need to move towards another area?

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I did come up through Talent, however throughout my career I knew it was time to get get different types of experience. I actually started at a Staffing company, moved to a tech company that was more of a generalist role but heavy talent. Then actually took a little step back to take a role to really create an HR department for a smaller company that encompassed everything, but I really had opportunity to engage in L&D and for several years ran payroll. It was there I was able to really move up the ladder and after 7 years I was a VP and had a seat on the leadership team. After 10 years at that company, they were no longer growing, I took another step back in title but it was to gain global and auto experience, I ended up with the VP title again after 3 years. For me, it was seeking out opportunities to learn all areas and understand how they work together and are really interdependent, when your a VP your strategic vision, business acumen and leadership skills are what you utilize the most. Best of luck on your journey.

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Thank you for that perspective! Great advice as well! That is quite a road map you laid out for yourself and looks to have been an incredible learning opportunity.

This is my advice and take it for what it’s worth. Depending on where you are in your career try to get with an organization that’s going to give you exposure to different People areas so you can decide what area you want to focus in or maybe you want to be a generalist and understand every area. After you have a number of years experience I would also recommend getting the PHR or the SPHR certification. SHRM has different letters but you get what I mean. Then you need to decide what size organization you want to work in, public or private. I don’t think HR leaders are that much different than other functional areas in a company. You need to know HR, you need to have business acumen, high emotional intelligence and the ability to collaborate well across the organization. I lead a group of 32 HR VPs and directors where I live and they are all the number one or number two person in their company and they come from every area of HR. Good Luck!

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I would love to get those certificates! I have consulted with some folks and the only hurdle I face now is the $xx,xxx price tag on it

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