Recruiting does not prepare you for a true HR role. You need to begin your HR career working up through the ranks (HR Admin reports, file maintenance; HR Coordinator creating HR Metric reports and understanding the data you're gathering and analyzing) so you can learn how a HR dept operates and gain analytical knowlege by having your manager mentor you in handling personnel issues such as determining compensation, terminations vs discipline (policy infraction vs outright violation), conducting investigations, creating and administering training programs, etc.
You will not be able to jump straight into a HR Generalist position no matter whom you know. Thanks to Sarbane-Oxley, HR must be able to defend in court the chosen candidate: N+2 with structured interview documentation as to how/why the chosen candidate was more qualified for the position than the others who were interviewed.
Unfortunately, you will be up against others who have real HR experience. You are a newby. Don't be in such a rush. Plan on at least 5 yrs of broad HR operations experience before you may have gained enough broad HR work experience to be considered for a HR Mgr position. You will also benefit, gaining HR knowlege from studying for the PHR certification (Professional in Human Resources) through your local SHRM Chapter ... a great place to start networking!