What led you to pursue a career in Human Resources?
I was always told that I was a “people person” so naturally, I pursued a degree in Psychology. I quickly learned that the path to counseling and psychiatry was not my calling! During my junior year, I took my first Industrial/Organizational Psychology class, which focuses on the study of human behavior in the workplace. I realized a career in Human Resources would merge my desire to work with people with my desire to be in a business environment. That is how my passion began and I’ve pursued this path ever since.
What is your role?
I’m the primary Human Resources contact for our St. Louis office and I’m also responsible for the recruiting efforts in our Chicago office. I’m responsible for full-cycle recruitment which consists of identifying top talent for our immediate career opportunities to job offers. I’m also involved in the onboarding process for new hires and other HR initiatives such as performance reviews, benefits open enrollment, and employee engagement. A big part of my role involves fostering positive relationships with my internal clients – our employees and external clients – our candidates.
Describe an average work day.
There is never a dull moment in the world of HR and it’s one of the reasons I love what I do! A typical day can be spent sourcing, screening, and coordinating candidate interviews. If I have a new hire starting, my day would be focused on preparing for the new hire’s arrival, coordinating the orientation schedule and ensuring that he/she has the tools necessary for the job. During open enrollment period, a lot of my time would be spent assisting and answering questions regarding benefits and other employee related questions. Allowing for some flexibility in your day is key.