I want to shift from sales to HR
I am a chemistry graduate and hold an MBA degree with specialisation in marketing and HR from Sikkim Manipal University through distance education mode. I have more than seven years of experience in the field of sales and marketing, but now I want to make a career shift from sales to HR. I have heard of some short-term diploma courses from private institutes. Will a short-term course help me get my dream job? I can produce an experience certificate but don't know how far this is going to help. —Suresh
One thing that is common between sales/marketing and HR is that in both cases you have to deal with people. In one case it is inside the organisation, in the other it is external. However, unless you are making the change within the organisation, you will need some prior experience or specialist qualifications to make that change into a new organisation. No one-month course will prepare you for this change. Even, for example, if you were to qualify as a trainer, it will take you considerably longer. The one job that you can try doing without too much of training or qualification is recruitment. You need to be able to learn the skills of selection and hiring, especially interviewing, but those you can pick up over time in any given scenario. You would have also had some experience of that field in your current job itself.
I work in a five-star hotel and the job is very demanding with less pay as compared to other industries. I am open to work anywhere provided the salary is good. Should I quit this job or continue working? Please advise me on how I should look for a new job.
Your mail does not give any cue about your job profile. There are some kinds of jobs that are transferable across industries and different domains. Others are not easy to transfer and take time, including learning completely new skills at times. From your question, it appears that pay will always be a very important criterion for you. Therefore, do seek out new jobs, particularly in the service industry. You can try airlines or telecom. Look for a similar job with better pay. However, given your profile, you will soon start looking at some other job because you will always think you are drawing less pay and seek something more. The author has more than 30 years of varied experience, including as head of the HR consulting practice at Arthur Andersen, Pricewaterhousecoopers and Ernst & Young. Write to him at men[email protected]