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    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here - but wanted to ask some advice.

    Just a bit of background - I've just finished my degree - I did Business. I did a lot better than I expected and got a 1st. Got OK A-Level grades too.

    Anyway so I'm looking to get into HR. Last September I started looking for grad schemes but was faced with a barrage of rejection - things started to pick up and I got a few interviews but unfortunately didn't get any jobs. Then around April time I started applying for entry level jobs - in the beginning it was tough because a lot of the roles I looked at required a years worth of experience, and even though I did a placement year in recruitment and have had part time jobs etc, it's nver necessary.

    Anyway, the jobs I have interviewed for have always gone very well. I've built up a rapport and in some cases had second stage interviews, but the feedback mostly comes back to "We/they really liked you; you're bright, articulate blah blah blah BUT the role isn't going to give you enough and you'll become bored in no time".

    Now this puts me in a confusing situation - of course I want to show that I'm ambitious, I'm a very hardworking person and have a plan of what I want my career to look like, the competition is tough, so an employer should be inclined to go with someone that can add value to the company; but I can't apply for a job that is a step up as I have no experience. These roles often require a CIPD - but I need money to do that first!!

    I don't know if anyone has been in a similar situation and could provide some guidance?

    Thanks!
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    Carry on doing what you're doing and also apply for step up jobs. You may want to think about your interview technique though because it sounds like you're coming across as over ambitious in some cases (and hence the you'll be bored feedback) and you want to come across as ambitious in the step up jobs. You never know when someone will take a chance on you. Looking for jobs isn't easy and rejections are hard to deal with but keep at it. Good luck!
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    Apply for fixed term contract role as a starter. You'll build up the experience and they won't have the issue of you being bored as you will only be there for a short period of time.

    There will be lots of entry level temp/short term contract roles available, especially as HR tends to require ad-hoc support due to its cyclical nature, and also has higher levels of FTC due to things like maternity leaves.


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    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here - but wanted to ask some advice.

    Just a bit of background - I've just finished my degree - I did Business. I did a lot better than I expected and got a 1st. Got OK A-Level grades too.

    Anyway so I'm looking to get into HR. Last September I started looking for grad schemes but was faced with a barrage of rejection - things started to pick up and I got a few interviews but unfortunately didn't get any jobs. Then around April time I started applying for entry level jobs - in the beginning it was tough because a lot of the roles I looked at required a years worth of experience, and even though I did a placement year in recruitment and have had part time jobs etc, it's nver necessary.

    Anyway, the jobs I have interviewed for have always gone very well. I've built up a rapport and in some cases had second stage interviews, but the feedback mostly comes back to "We/they really liked you; you're bright, articulate blah blah blah BUT the role isn't going to give you enough and you'll become bored in no time".

    Now this puts me in a confusing situation - of course I want to show that I'm ambitious, I'm a very hardworking person and have a plan of what I want my career to look like, the competition is tough, so an employer should be inclined to go with someone that can add value to the company; but I can't apply for a job that is a step up as I have no experience. These roles often require a CIPD - but I need money to do that first!!

    I don't know if anyone has been in a similar situation and could provide some guidance?

    Thanks!
    I wanted to get into HR too but luckily my work history in office work gave me an insight into the role, now I'm a Recruitment Administrator.

    You could look into gaining experience in office, as HR roles are in this working environment anyway.
    I suggest you ask at different companies for work experience/internships or even volunteering. I got my first office job working as a temp through an agency at a call centre, so registering at an agency isn't a bad idea too.
 
 
 
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