Desperately seeking first HR job

I graduated from a local Singapore Poly almost one year ago and have not yet been able to find my first job in HR - have I missed my chance?
Hi there. I graduated from a local Singapore Poly almost one year ago and have not yet been able to find my first job in HR. Now with a downturn expected, I worry I have missed my chance to break into the profession. 
My grades are not perfect, but I do have a lot of extra-curricular activities and community service on my CV. Are there easier jobs to get that might provide a bridge toward a HR career in the future?

 

Any form of recruitment, marketing, or conference producing jobs are potentially suitable roles. But if HR is your passion, don’t give up on it without a fight.

You mention a lot of extra-curricular activities. Are these part of your HR résumé? If not, it’s time to start aligning your professional and personal lives more closely together. Consider taking a course through a massive, open online course provider like Coursera.

I’d strongly advocate finding yourself a mentor. There are so many HR networking events that are either free or very low cost. There also the chambers of commerce that have regular meetings and brown bag lunches.

Lastly consider also joining a startup. Singapore is a hotbed of new technology organisations and so many don’t have the capacity to invest in HR. But they would be keen to have you on board to help them in their growth.

So in summary: create your own competencies, build your network, and if need be, try then building your own job.

 

Laurence Smith is a board-level advisor to Smartup.io. With 25 years of working experience in consulting and HR, his career has spanned across different industries and countries, including stints and projects with LG Electronics, GE Capital, McKinsey, the World Bank, and as Managing Director of Learning and Development for DBS Bank.

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