I had the pleasure of having my very first interview for the post of HR Administrator today. I didn't get it although I felt the interview went well. I don't have any HR experience and I'm just back looking for work after a long lay-off for health related reasons so I'm amazed I even got to interview. But it's made me more determined to get into the field.
Like everyone else looking to enter the profession, I'm facing the problem of no direct experience so I'm looking at other means and I'd appreciate your take on them.
Firstly, there's a role going locally with as an administrator with a recruitment company- general admin, payroll, liaising with the local job centre. Would similar work for a year or two coupled with the CIPD level 3 help much in getting that elusive first HR admin position?
If I can't get anything related and end up in a general office job that doesn't have direct relevance, would you recommend the CIPD level 3 anyway or is it a bit of a gamble? I say as I have a possible chance of a non-hr admin job through an agency until Christmas and wonder if I should just take it and start studying anyhow? The job is in walking distance from my home so I could use the money I'd spend on a car on paying for the certificate.