Am I too qualified for first HR role?On 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. I have an MSc in occupational psychology and I am desperate for a career inHR. I believe my post-graduate degree should help me to find a suitable role,but so far I am having no luck. How do I get my foot on the bottom rung of theHR ladder? I have been rejected from many HR administrator applications despitemy qualifications in HR-related issues and computer literacy and experience inadministration. Advice please! Do HR professionals see my MSc as valuable? Doug Knott, senior consultant, Chiumento The answer to your last question is that HR professionals do not perceiveyour MSc qualification as valuable for the roles you’ve been applying for. Inretrospect, you may have been better studying for a CIPD qualification, whichis the key qualification in demand for entry-level HR roles. Employers recruiting for HR administrators probably view your MScqualification as a barrier, not an asset. It indicates you are likely to beseeking challenging work assignments and rapid career progression, which are nottypical features of such roles. Try applying to large organisations and consultancies that are more likelyto have specialist roles that could benefit from your qualification. John Baker, head of practice, Macmillan Davies Hodes I am not surprised that you have been continually rejected from so many HRadministrator roles. Your psychology qualification would be more relevant to anorganisational development or organisational design role. By entering anorganisation through this route you would be far better placed to move acrossinto a generalist position if this was a route you wanted to take in thefuture. If you wanted to pursue the generalist route once you have secured arole in an organisation, I would advise you to undertake the CIPD qualifications,as this would give you both the professional knowledge and credibility to applyfor such a position. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS consultancy I am sure you are not getting considered for HR administration roles becauseyou are seen to be over-qualified. You need to look carefully at the type ofrole you are applying for. Job titles such as assistant personnel officer,human resources advisor and personnel assistant may offer you more chance ofsuccess. Look at jobs in the public sector – there is a lot of HR recruitmentactivity there at present. Another option is to send your CV cold to employerswith a covering letter stating how you feel you could add value to their humanresources function. Statistics show that networking is the most successfulmethod of achieving that next move. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.