If you have a degree in HR, we would recommend that you also find some experience and education in business, finance and/or accounting. Understanding business is critical to a successful HR career if you really want to make an impact.
1. Try an internship in an HR department. There are so many specialties within the field that this experience could prove valuable to you in determining what type of experience and education you will need to obtain and in which HR specialty. You can find certificate programs in a variety of specialties through local colleges and professional organizations. Take advantage of those.
2. You will definitely need to gain some experience. There are few ways to do this. You could seek out entry level administrative positions within HR or training departments. You could also look for opportunities within companies or organizations that you may currently work or have worked for previously. Retail and restaurant management positions can be a way to gain experience in many aspects of human resources such as hiring, recruiting, training, and supervising others. Recruiting firms and employment agencies also are a great way to get experience in that area and often hire new college graduates.
3. Create a LinkedIn Profile. Make sure you join groups with which you have a shared interest. Group postings often include networking and educational event announcements and other topics of interests to you. Also, seek individuals who are in HR roles within the organizations for which you are most interested in working. Try to connect to them and watch their updates. You may find announcements of openings in their companies on their profile.
4. Attempt to connect with an HR person within an organization for which you want to work to set up an informational interview. Use the interview to learn what roles the company has within the department, what skills and experience is needed to work within those roles, and ask for ideas on how you can gain the skills and experience. Make sure you keep a business card when you leave the meeting so that you can properly thank them for their time with a note and keep in contact via LinkedIn or through email.