I've completed the MS Ed program in Online Teaching and Learning at Cal State Hayward and I'm currently working on the e-Cornell HR certificate. The thing is, it seems like HR is pretty hard to break into especially if you've been out of the US workforce like I have for more than 8 years. I'm currently an ESL teacher in Asia. I've got plenty of spare time to study. I was wondering if additionally doing Southern Columbia's Certificates in Environmental Compliance, Environmental Hygiene MGT and Employment Law Specialist is overkill? Do you think it would be wasted effort or not look right on a resume? One reason I'm interested in the cert’s is I can do them in months vs. the 1 year plus another Masters would take. I'm planning to return to the USA for good this fall. I used to be an Environmental Lab Tech (which I don't want to go back to!) I'm kind of interested in the Legal/Training end of HR. Comments, please!