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Advice on what to do next?

Hi all,

I'm looking for some career advice. I currently work as a part time HR assistant. I passed my Level 3 certificate in Human Resources last year and am currently studying the Level 5 Certificate in HR Management. I'm very keen to move on to become a HR Advisor/Officer but am struggling to get any further. I have a young child so for the time being I am only prepared to work part time (school hours, if possible) which already puts me at a disadvantage when applying as local part time advisor roles seem to be hard to come by. My current organisation has already made it clear right from the get go that my role isn't one I will be able to progress with while there.

I look on recruitment sites often and I send my CV out when I do find appropriate jobs but I don't seem to be able to get to interview stage. I wonder if there's anything I'm doing wrong or is anyone able to offer me any advice? I work hard and I'm really keen to progress and learn a lot more as I no longer feel I'm learning much or being challenged in my current role.

Many thanks for any advice you can offer. 

  • David

    | 20577 Posts

    Chartered Member

    11 Jun, 2017 11:55

    Welcome to Communities, Becci!

    It may be worthwhile not to restrict yourself to applying for part-time / flexible roles but to apply for any that you feel you'll succeed with, and cross the bridge of working hours etc only if and when you come to it - that is, if you get offered a full time job, then try to convince them that you can do it just as well if not better part time or flexibly. If they just shake their heads at you, then walk away - you've lost nothing much but at least gained interview etc experience

    Just a thought.
  • In reply to David:

    Hi David,

    Thank you for your reply. I had considered this previously but never acted on it as I figured they're recruiting for full time as that's what they require for that role. I think this is something I shall try though as I have nothing to lose and as you say I could use interview experience.
  • Anna

    | 995 Posts

    Chartered Fellow

    12 Jun, 2017 15:30

    In reply to Becci Lloyd:

    Hi Becci

    Register with as many flexible working sites as you can and follow them on twitter as they often post jobs (here's a list on my twitter account: twitter.com/.../lists) and also consider jobshare.

    Good Luck!
  • Steve Bridger

    | 7252 Posts

    Community Manager

    13 Jun, 2017 08:35

    Welcome to the Community, Becci.
  • Owen

    | 462 Posts

    Chartered Member

    13 Jun, 2017 09:03

    Hi Becci

    Where are you based? It might be that community members know of local opportunities.

    Also, I'd recommend getting more involved with your local CIPD branch, as there may be local HR people who know of local part time opportunities.
  • In reply to Owen:

    Hello Owen,

    I'm based in Letchworth, Herts.

    My tutor suggested doing some volunteering but due to my current job I can only volunteer one day a week within school hours so not sure id gain enough from it?
  • Owen

    | 462 Posts

    Chartered Member

    13 Jun, 2017 12:22

    In reply to Becci Lloyd:

    Perhaps you could also consider looking at local charities who need HR support at their board level?
  • In reply to Becci Lloyd:

    Hi Becci,
    I'm afraid I don't know of any local opportunities but I just wanted to say Hi as I am from Baldock!
  • Steve Bridger

    | 7252 Posts

    Community Manager

    13 Jun, 2017 14:10

    In reply to Laura Ann:

    We need a *waves* button _o/

  • In reply to Laura Ann:

    Hi Laura!! :-)
  • Hi Laura,

    I'm not in your area but in my last role I looked after volunteering for a charity including recruiting my own HR volunteers and once a week during school hours wouldn't have put anyone off where I was, anything is better than nothing! We had to adjust what we were doing but gave as much variety and exposure as we could and talked them through as much as possible so even if they were only doing a small part of a project, it gave them a overall picture.
  • Try these websites https://www.workingmums.co.uk/ and http://www.timewisejobs.co.uk/ which specialise in advertising jobs part time and flexibly.
  • In reply to Becci Lloyd:

    Hi Becci,

    Waving from Hitchin! Have you tried directly contacting companies based around the area to see if they might welcome a volunteer for a few hours a week? Willmott Dixon and Autoglym are based in Letchworth?
  • In reply to Alys Martin:

    I have applied to Autoglym several times since I started my first level 3 course and always have the response "lack of experience", although have never offered myself to volunteer there. I shall contact them though as well as Willmott Dixon!
  • In reply to Sanchia:

    Thank you, I often look on workingmums but hadn't heard of the other site, I shall register my details.
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