What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?
I was inspired to pursue my career in HR because I wanted to help people in their day-to-day lives. Being part of shaping the culture of an organization working alongside leadership and individual contributors alike. It is a career that you can build a legacy by helping people and the community alike.
How did you come to be in this position?
I began my career working within a recruitment firm as a recruiter for large volume clientele. I quickly found my talent for working with job seekers and companies to provide solutions, creating a lot of great relationships along the way. Helping both the individuals seeking employment and partnering with organizations in the community for me provided opportunities I would have never experienced anywhere else. Sharing my knowledge and expertise to my customers, and mentor junior colleagues was very fulfilling. All these interactions and experiences have been stepping stones to building a legacy I am proud of and continue to develop even now at a Managerial level. The most rewarding part of my career is coming across people years later. The ones that still remember you and greet you with a smile all because you were able to helping them achieve a goal through something as simple a job.
What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?
For any young woman looking to enter a career in Human Resources I would say to try to work in staffing first, although it is not an easy route and it is long hours. The experiences there will teach you more about people and recruiting than a traditional HR office can provide.
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