Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, August 6, 2015
Depending on the type of HR role you are interested in transitioning to, your current role might have a lot of similar qualifications. It is important before you transition to another function that you conduct some investigative work. Since HR is such a large function, see if you can hone in on the area that would be of most interest to you. Would you be interested in a role in recruiting, training, benefits, compensation, generalist, etc...? Since those roles' responsibilities can vary significantly it would be helpful to focus in on the area you are passionate about and then setting up time to network with people who are already in those roles. You can find out from individuals in the roles how they got to their roles and what their experience is. You can also find out if there will be upcoming openings, and they might even have suggestions on who else you can network with, or if there are groups which might be helpful to join. Good luck on this exciting time in your career!