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UCBerkely extension offers a certificate program in HR for working professionals. UCSC silicon valley extension as well. You could start there. Recruiter profile would be a good one to start with. Additionally, HRCI has HR certifications which you could apply for to get recognized as an HR professional with the requisite skills and knowledge. Hope this helps!
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This is the exact career path that I took, starting off in Office Administration and moving into Human Resources. Let me tell you how I did it and this includes the College route. First, I received my BBA in Office Administration in 1997 and worked within this field for about 9 years. When I was laid off my good job working as an HR Assistant back in 2008, that is when I decided to go back to school to pursue my Master's degree in Human Resources Management. While working that HR Assistant position, I realized my love for that field and decided to gain more knowledge by getting my degree in it. Getting my Master's in the field not only helped me gain the knowledge I needed, but it helped spruce up my Resume and I really became employable to many employers. The calls really started to come in. So, if you want to take the education route, I say do some similar things that I did for my career. You can also join networks, such as LinkedIn and join groups there in that field. Sometimes they advertise positions on LinkedIn. Not sure what your education is, but I suggest going back to school as mentioned above or getting a certification. My next goal is to obtain my PHR, so that I will be certified in my field. I hope all of this information has helped you in some way.