Ihave worked in HR for two years. As Ihave mainly dealt with recruitment in that time, I want a career as aresourcing specialist. I was recently promoted and have since discovered thatthis wasn’t a good move, as I now have no exposure to resourcing any more. As there are not many resourcing officerroles around at the moment, and the ones that are, I am not experienced enoughfor – I am considering trying recruitment consultancy as a short terminitiative (say 12 months) to broaden my experience in the area. But I amconcerned that such a move will have a detrimental effect on my HR career, asnot everyone sees the value of consultants. I am in the middle of my CIPD qualifications via an MA in HRM. What do you think? VicDaniels, director at Carr Lyons, writes:Workingin recruitment is the best job in the world when things are going well, but theworst job when things are going badly. Take a long look at the economicsituation before you make the plunge – believe me, things have been better! tobe successful you will need to be professional, articulate, full of energy,work well under your own initiative and extremely self- motivated. Good luck!MargaretMalpas, joint managing director at Malpas Flexible Learning, writes:Ithink I would try to plan out what competencies I would need for my futurecareer aspirations and from this decide what to go after next. Recruitmentconsultancy can be as much about sales as resourcing. So if you thinkthat your future career will include both sets of skills this would potentiallybe a good move. The other thing to think about is how differentthe terms of employment are likely to be. It is usual for recruitmentposts to be paid on a mix of basic salary and on top earnings. If you aregood at sales, you could find that you are earning a very good salary and, ofcourse, the converse is true! However, will you be comfortable with thischange and will you find it easy to go back to all basic salary at a later date?LindaAitken, consultant at Chiumento Consulting Group, writes:Movinginto consultancy with a view to returning to a role within a mainstreambusiness is not necessarily a problem as it can enhance your skills andexperience in your chosen field. Indicators of what makes a good employer in this field include theamount they invest in training their consultants and the longevity and qualityof their client list – look for client retention and values, expressed in suchthings as the “off limits” policy and the background of your futurecolleagues.Interms of getting back into the corporate field, the quality of the particularconsultancy experience will have a considerable beating – in brief, aconsultancy which gives you a breadth of experience, e.g. of internationalresourcing or of achieving results in a tight recruitment market through thequality of its approach will provide you with a range of skills which willstand you in good stead in terms of a return to the corporate world.Overall,however, you do need to be committed to consultancy over a longer period oftime – you may wish to consider completing your CIPD qualifications and thentake stock as you may wish to progress your career more before taking what willbe a pretty large step. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Should I join a recruitment consultancy?On 17 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.