How can I switch to reward role?

first_imgHow can I switch to reward role?On 15 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. I have been a generalist HR manager for four years. I know sometimes it isbeneficial to specialise and I would like to focus on reward and compensation.Can you tell me what to do to cross over into this field? I have applied for myMCIPD. Jo Selby, associate director, EJ Human Resources While some individuals do choose to specialise in an area of HR that theyenjoy, both generalist and specialist careers can offer longer-termopportunities, so don’t feel you must specialise. Having said that, if you have an interest in reward and compensation andfeel this is where you wish to focus, one of the first areas you will need toaddress is your CV. Rewrite it, ensuring that you highlight any involvement youhave had in reward and compensation to date. Register your interest withagencies and discuss your experience and any opportunities with them. In the meantime, get as much exposure to reward and compensation as you canwith your current organisation. Clive Sussams, recruitment consultant, Malpas Flexible Learning It is helpful to have substantial knowledge and experience of some majorelements of the HR function, even if you ultimately decide to aspire to asenior generalist position heading up a large team. I have known HRprofessionals who spent several years specialising in remuneration and benefitsin order to obtain more senior roles or, indeed, move into reward consultancy. While it is not essential to have CIPD membership initially to develop aspecialist career, it is very advisable and you should ensure that you becomequalified as soon as possible. It is also important that you have acquired agood working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and Access, asthere will invariably be a substantial amount of costing and reward modellingshould you find a development role. If you do not have opportunities to move in your present company, apply forremuneration and benefits positions, even at a lower level. Your experience inhandling salary and benefit reviews should help your applications. Peter Lewis, consultant, Chiumento The first point to clarify is why you think being a reward and compensationspecialist would fit into your overall career plan. Such work can be verypositive in career terms, giving the opportunity to gain exposure to HR issuesat a very senior level, but you need to think of your aptitude and motivationfor such a move. You don’t want to go down a route which eventually turns outto be unfulfilling. Use the contacts you have made through CIPD. Find specialists in differentsectors of reward and compensation and ask them about their experiences – rolesmay vary. Try to get relevant experience within your current role. If your companyuses a job evaluation system, get trained in its use or identify usefulprojects, such as a salary survey. Support your practical work by attending courses and seminars. The CIPD hasa Compensation Forum which is worth attending, not least for the networkingopportunities it provides. Next rewrite your CV emphasising your achievements and giving examples ofyour experience. Then conduct a job-search campaign. Continually refine yourthinking on what experience employers are seeking by talking to recruitmentconsultancies and by examining advertisements. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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