Hi All
I have done my MBA in HR and presently working as a US Staffing Technical Recruiter from past 1 year . However more interested into HR Generalist profile. Is it fine if i join some startup company if i get an offer?
Please suggest

From India

Process Industry Consultant / Soft Skill Specialist
Hello Shraddha Shukla,
You have done your MBA in HR.
By asking is it fine if you are thinking of scope and progress, yes it is fine
If you have the aptitude to be Generalist certainly you can try.
In the early days of your career switching within the discipline
and in the middle age and later part of Life switching to other functions
is an observed practice in the industry.

From India
Thanks for your response.. just one more thing.... if there more growth into recruitment then compare to gernalist profile? as i am into this industry from past one year i know there is good growth as per salary part into US Staffing however m not sure about growth in domestic recruitment and in corporate companies.

From India

Consultancy_HR & IR

Depending upon the culture of promoters of the start up, it is best to take up a generalist role.

If you get one, do not underestimate. It is going to be tough especially if you do not a professional senior!

You will have a lot of learning ahead, many challenges but at the end of the day a very enriching and satisfying experience.

Having said that, remember that "recruitment" is just one component of generalist profile of HR.

After you spend some time as a Recruiter, you will find that your entry into a generalist role will become progressively more and more difficult and you may also suffer from a backlog of up-gradation in HR skills and relevant experience.

But if you are NOT looking at a Career in HR and are satisfied with a "job" that brings good money to compensate for the monotony and relative stagnation in the profession, you may as well like to continue with what you have. You are secure and you may not want to enter an insecure world of HR where you are visible all the time, learning, failing, succeeding, finding solutions/answers to each developing situation!

On one hand you have the security and good money. On the other hand you may encounter insecurity, challenges BUT massive opportunities of personal and professional growth. Money will come in due course!

Take your pick and best of luck.



October 25, 2013


From India, Pune

Talent Acquisition / Consultant - Catalis world
Hi Shraddha,

I can very well understand your dilemma as I was into your position last year.

I was interested into Generalist profile and was not getting one. FInally I took up work with a consultancy and after 3 months I got an opportunity with a firm as a Generalist role. The new firm was an established firm but they lacked HR and were planning to initiate HR department in their firm. It was a challenging role for me because there would be no one to guide me. Though it was a generalist role, I had to be doubly sure of my Acts as if something goes wrong, I'd be solely responsible for it.

I believe, we must opt for the role that we are passionate about. When we are passionate about things, we craft our ways. Set up goals for yourself. Comparing your trip with others won't help and I am saying so from my personal experience.

If you are passionate about Generalist role, go ahead with it. Seek that role very passionately and when you come across one, do not think if your future as recruiter or as generalist will be bright. Do not forget that we shape our future depending on our deeds.

If you're confident that you'd be able to do justice to a Generalist role, don't worry about industrial trends. My experience told me in order to get a Generalist role, one needs to have experience of considerable period. However, I was just 3 month's experienced when I bagged this role.

Another tip, just to guide you better in your decision. When you join in as HR

Generalist for the firm (start up or established), you'd be responsible for -
  • Recruitment
  • Attendance / Leave Management
  • Framing HR Manual and policies (if they don't have any)
  • Conducting HR audits
  • Looking after statutory compliance
  • Payroll (depends on whether it comes under your KRA or accounts. many small organizations have accounts / admin people taking care of salaries)
  • General administration
  • Business administration
  • Performance management
  • Training and development (as need be)
  • Employee engagement
  • Employee grievance handling
  • and other responsibilities as the requirement of the firm.

Hope this helps you. All the best.

From India, Mumbai
You should keep your priorities first, accordingly you should opt this offer.Because if you would work with a start-up firm there would be more challenges. In that case chances of your learning would be depend upon the nature of the business or product.How much that firm could invest on establishing new hr department...like training and development, appraisals. etc.
No doubt you would learn the basics of HR like recruitment, appraisals, employees engagement, grievance handling and administration work.If you have inclination towards generalist profile and keen to learn something new than you should go for it. where as the question of growth and money part depends on your abilities and scale of the industry you would work for.

From India, Pune
There is nothing like security or permanency in work life. If you are comfortable both job wise and money wise, you may feel insecure of loosing the comfort and safety after some time. Therefore think coolly about what really matters to you in life from career perspective. Think about what are you passionate about and how your life and family should be in future and take a call. One thing that shall not escape your thinking is that if you spend considerable period in the role of a recruiter, then it may be difficult to get into core HR roles latter.However, recruitment may itslef offer a career to you if you are not one affected by monotony.Try to learn other HR functions ancilliary to recruitment like talent management etc to keep another door open to you.
Best wishes.

From India, Mumbai
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