Posted on Oct 12, 2016
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CPT Training Officer, G 37, Training Integration Division
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It won't provide you a leg up. Although I am an Engineer Officer, my Masters is in HR & Organizational Development. Believe it or not, Training (S3) is more HR relevant than S1. Yes, there are elements of HR in the S1, but HR got its start in "Training Within Industry" in WW1. So HR is mostly training driven. I know that doesn't really answer your question, but this will: get certifications! Those carry more weight than degrees in a lot of cases. Get a study book for the PHR, and get the certification through the Veteran Career Transition Program. It's through Syracuse University, and JP Morgan Chase will pick up the tab. All you have to do is take the classes and pass the test. What your 42A experience can do for you is provide you with the years needed in the field in order to carry the certification. Do you have a Bachelors degree?
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CPT Snell, I appreciate the guidance! In actuality I am an MP, but have been considering reclassing. I do have a Bachelor's in Business Leadership with a minor in Organizational Management. That, coupled with my interest in the business field, have led me to consider more business-relevant positions.
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Nice! Reclassing coupled with your degree and getting the PHR certification would benefit you. Also, look into joining SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management). They have certifications also, and they keep you abreast of current HR practices.
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It can provide you a giant leg up IF you know how to sell it to the civilian employer. There is much more to being a soldier than two numbers and a letter. So ask yourself, why is your training and experience valuable to a civilian employer, if you do not think you have any, you are WRONG, and you need to realize you are valuable asset to any company. If you doubt this, direct message me.
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MSG Sand, I appreciate your willingness to assist! Unfortunately, I am currently serving as an MP, and I am not sure how relevant that experience is to a civilian employer when one desires an HR or related position. I think it can be spun to a certain level of relevance, but working within an S-shop seems like it would make for an easier translation of experience.
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All experience is relevant, BUT you need to assist any civilian in understanding why that experience is important to them. For anyone working in HR, security of personal information is very important. You, as an MP, have a security clearance have passed PRP? The government asked you all those questions they wish they could ask but cannot, and you passed. You are what you tell them you are?
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As a HR CW3, with 23 years experience, it did not help getting into HR. Totally agree with CPT Snell"s comments. PHR certifications was expected plus at least a related Bachelors degree. I choose to transition into Information Tech, still needed the Bachelors degree, but not all the certifications.
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