I am an HR pro that has the privilege of working with employees every single day. I work on a number of different projects for a multi-state employer, the projects range from the fun stuff like developing training to not-so-fun stuff like FLSA compliance. The great part about my job is the variety. Each day is different and I love the variety! When I’m not working I write an HR blog on the side called HRreMix and contribute to PerformanceICreate, where I talk organizations, careers, jobs and sometimes zombies.
1. Most job postings cite “X” years of relevant work experience and specific education criteria as requirements to be considered for the position. With this in mind, what prior work experiences and degrees/certifications/training helped prepare you for your current role?
In my current role, I wear a lot of hats: recruiting, employee relations, training and development and benefits to name a few. There isn’t a course or certification you can take to get a handle on all of that. I found that different experiences within HR have helped me enormously. I started in recruiting, moved into a generalist role, then HRIS and now back to a generalist role. Every day I use something from my prior work experience or education.
1B. What (if any) additional knowledge or skills that you don’t currently have would make you even better at your job?
That is hard to answer because it changes from day-to-day. Some days I spend heavily focused on training and really wish I had time to learn more about that, other days I wish I had more time to spend on recruiting.
2. Some jobs require the incumbent to be very analytical. Others require one to be a strong communicator, and others still require traits like patience, the ability to multitask, self-directedness, comfort with ambiguity, and exceptional attention to detail. Are there any behaviors and/or attributes that you would say are essential to performing the work that you do?
You have to be comfortable with ambiguity. If you are a black or white person, HR is not for you. You have to understand and be OK with the fact that the “right” answer at your last job may not be the “right” answer for the organization you are currently working with.
3. Jobs guru Lou Adler says there are only 4 job types of jobs in the world (producers, improvers, builders, and thinkers). Which type of job are you in?
I’m not familiar with Lou Adler but I hope his 4 job types are not iron-clad; I move in all four of these jobs depending on the day of the week.
4. Does your job involve either directly or indirectly supervising or managing people? If so, how many direct (or indirect) reports do you have?
I do not supervise anyone directly.
5. How does what you do impact the business? Think complexity (different types of impacts) and scale (degree of impact). Put another way: Who and what would be impacted if your job wasn’t being done well, and why would it matter that they were impacted?
The most impactful part of my job is the work I do with people. They may be managers or individual contributors or candidates thinking about working for us, regardless they are critical to our organizations success. Without the right people, sitting in the right seats the organization isn’t reaching its full potential. I help get the right people in the right seats.
6. Is your job safe? Rate its safety on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being “seated all day in an air conditioned vault” and 10 being “I’m an astronaut going into space”. If your job isn’t safe, what working conditions (specifically) make it hazardous?
My job is pretty safe; I sit in an air conditioned/heated office in an office building. About the only danger I face is inhaling a lot of recycled air.
7. Is there anything I missed that people should know about your job? Is there anything else you want to say about what you do?
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