What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?
I’ve always had a passion for helping people and naturally I chose Social Work to pursue that. I was working in the mental health field at the time, however, through the pandemic, I started to notice symptoms of burnout. I knew I needed a change, however, I didn’t know where to even begin. My partner and his work friends decided to plan a dinner with all of us, and his HR Manager attended the dinner as well. When she was started explaining her role to me, I became really intrigued. I knew I could do this job she described and I could help employees meet their long-term career goals. Health and safety really drew to me as well, helping keep others safe and helping employees navigate their way through workplace injuries and WSIB.
How did you come to be in this position?
I came to be in this position by my previous job experience as a social worker. The thing to know about recruitment is transferable skills are very important. I had the skills of mental health assessments, which gave me the skills to conduct an interview. The only difference between the two was the questions I was asking. I knew how to have hard conversations with employees for termination purposes because in my past role I had to ask my clients about suicidal thoughts, plans or ideation. I picked up how to use our database fairly quickly as it was quite similar to the one I used as a social worker. The skills I learned as a social worker helped me exceed in my career now as every skill I learned was transferable. And this goes for any job, my first job was at Tim Hortons which gave me the skills to talk to strangers. Which lead me into the field of social work that eventually lead me to Human Resources.
What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?
The advice I would suggest to young women looking to enter Human Resources would be confidence is key. Stand tall, firmly shake his hand, and act like you’re just as important as anyone else in the room. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room, but you want to be respected. And if you don’t think you have confidence? Fake it ‘till you make it. I promise you you it goes a long way.
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