Kick-Start your HR Career

Kick-Start your HR Career

With Sara Russell, Senior Careers Consultant at Manchester Business School

A career in HR and L&D is about helping to create successful businesses through people. From media to engineering and from charities to banks, almost every company will need the expertise of an HR professional.

Join us on Saturday, 16 March 2019 at Manchester Metropolitan Business School for advice on career planning, CV writing and applying for jobs. This practical workshop is a one-stop-shop to kick start your HR / L&D career, no matter what stage you’re at!

Winning CVs

When applying for jobs, your CV is your ultimate selling tool. If you want to
be selected for interview, this is your opportunity to showcase your skills and experience. It can be challenging to get through this first hurdle as employers hiring often receive hundreds of applications for each job advertisement. Have this in your mind when preparing your CV as you’ll need to be both succinct and relevant to grab their attention. Learn how to build a winning CV that engages.

Effective Networking 

Does the word ‘networking’ fill you with dread? Learn the ins and outs of networking. Find out what networking entails and what benefits it can bring to your job search and your career. The CIPD has branches all over the UK, just like ours, offering networking events. Attending local branch events gives you a valuable opportunity to meet people and learn more about the profession.

Interview Success 

Learn how to prepare for success by changing the way you view the process, from the application to the interview itself.

Breaking into HR

Getting into HR is highly competitive, and the process can feel very circular: Learn how to take the steps needed to break into the sector.


Sara Russell is a Senior Careers Consultant with many years of experience supporting students to achieve their full potential. Achieved through designing and delivering practical workshops and presentations; engaging with local businesses to secure projects; and offering coaching and support during these live business projects.

*Free to CIPD Members and CIPD Students. Non-CIPD Members £15

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HR and L&D professionals play a vital role in both business performance and people’s careers – it’s about making sure the right people are in the right jobs. Attracting people is an important first step, but that’s just the beginning. How do you then get your people to stay with you and perform to the best of their abilities, day in, day out? Are you giving them the skills, training and development to build long-term careers? How do you get them working together to drive business success? Or protect their rights and make sure they are fairly rewarded and treated at work? This is the important role that HR and L&D experts play at work.

Although work experience is always important when applying for a job, your personal qualities, flexible approach and academic qualifications will also play a part in impressing future employers. If you want to build practical skills that are relevant to HR, it may be possible to find an unpaid placement or shadow someone who’s already working in the profession. And, if you’ve gained voluntary experience such as managing a budget, training and coaching, or used organisation and teamwork skills – perhaps in a club or society – it’s something to add to your CV.

When looking for your first role you could try joining online communities, message boards or discussions. The HR and L&D community is active and friendly, often eager to share their knowledge and experiences with others. The CIPD has its own online community forum where you can ask questions and connect with HR and L&D professionals. Alternatively, websites such as LinkedIn have lively discussion groups where you can seek advice. Connect with us on LinkedIn

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. We have over 145,000 members internationally who work in HR and learning and development.

CIPD qualifications and membership open doors. From when you start looking for your first HR role, and as you progress further in your career, we can offer the tools you’ll need to succeed. Membership and qualifications will give you professional recognition and credibility, showing employers you have the knowledge and skills to add real value to their business. And if you are a member of the CIPD, we’ll constantly support you and keep you up to date on the latest developments in HR and learning and development.

Being a professional body means the CIPD supports its members, sets the standards for professional qualifications and advise individuals and businesses on how to manage their people effectively and fairly.