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HR professionals sometimes find it difficult to change industries because of the lack of credibility and knowledge of the industry they want to move into.
But, as with any change from one industry to another, it’s a matter of considering the skills you already have that can be transferred to the industry you’re looking to move into. Drawing on these common elements will help create a smoother transition.
Some common elements that HR professionals may have to deal with across industries include:
When working for a large company (global or national) you will have acquired a set of relationship and negotiation skills that can be transferred to other large organisations. Being able to demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of large organisations will work in your favour.
HR dynamics vary depending on the geographical spread of an industry. If you are moving into an industry of similar spread you can use this knowledge to improve your chances.
Whether you work for a business that offers products of long life cycles or short life cycles, understanding how an organisation works around this is an important skill. This can make moving between industries of similar product life cycles much easier.
Aspects of HR and recruitment such as employee attraction and retention, career management and performance are transferrable between industries. If you can demonstrate knowledge and understanding within these aspects this can be of value when changing industries, as they are aspects that are relevant across many environments.
When changing industries the most important thing is that you’re prepared. If you can demonstrate knowledge of the industry and understanding how your current industry compares to your chosen future industry you will help remove any doubts the interviewer may have of your competency for the job.