So I made my way down to Bristol yesterday all hyped up and ready to dazzle the exhibitors at the Bristol Expo with my HR Administration brilliance only to find when I got there that it was predominantly aimed at the IT/Engineering mob!
Disappointed and downhearted I trudged to the refreshments area to devise Plan B...After a couple of cups of coffee confidence I decided to soldier on, implement newly formed Plan B and any impress them anyway, whether they liked it or not!
I approached a few Companies who were clearly not interested and fobbed me off with some literature and a 'refer to our website' but I also approached a few who were in the market for some Security Cleared HR people and were genuinely curious about my Military Service and were keen to learn more. After some good networking I dished out a few copies of my CV and left.
Once back in Leeds I emailed each Company individually and thanked them for their time ensuring I named the Company representative I'd spoken to.
Although I didn't gain what I expected from the Expo it has shown me that I am not always going to get what I want in this new Civilian life and if I want to be successful in HR I am going to have to be robust, have a Plan B and work my socks off to get there!