I recently graduated with a Bachelors Degree in HR Management. I have over 20 years experience in the administrative field from grocery to trucking to health care. However, I have very little HR experience other than what assisting I did with reviewing applicants from time to time and maintaining personnel records. I also did payroll for a couple of companies. Does anyone have any advice on how to break into the HR field without having to start at the bottom again? (I don't mean that I want to be a senior HR director. I am thinking about recruiting or benefits, etc. More than administrative assistant.)
I have worked so hard to get up that ladder for years, and thought the education would help me. I couldn't make much money with the companies I have worked for and got as far as I could without someone having to retire or die before another position would open up. However, the economy and my lack of direct HR experience is not helping me get callbacks. I have revamped my resume many times and meeting those "keywords" that are asked for in the online databases. I have checked back to companies that have a contact and they are receiving my resume. I have great work experience and no negative references. I am also looking for office management jobs in order to gain more experience. Do I have too much experience for one and not enough for another? Any advice?