Job Title: Human Resources Consultant
Type of Company: My company places job candidates in open positions throughout the state of Connecticut.
Education: BA, Human Resources
Previous Experience: I have worked in Human Resources since getting out of college, first as a secretary, and then as a coordinator, a generalist, a director, a staffing generalist and a recruiter.
Job Tasks: As a recruiter or staffing generalist, I write job placement criteria and maintain our company website and its job postings, both of which are very enjoyable. I also maintain all of the legal records for the company personnel and work with on-site and outside vendors to fill tough positions or temporary labor needs. I get to travel to colleges and also enjoy working at local job fairs. There are many legal requirements you need to know in order to perform the duties of this job.
As an HR manager/director/consultant, I hire and terminate employees and negotiate contracts and maintain a budget in the millions. I also help to maintain strict compensation guidelines and develop new matrices as the marketplace changes. In order to do this properly there are many government rules and regulations that you need to know, so getting your PHR would be essential in moving forward to the next step in your career. Getting a Masters or even a law degree would be ideal.
I use my intuitive skills while interviewing candidates and I rely heavily on my knowledge of industries to learn more about the jobs I recruit for.
You will be able to impact the bottom line of a company. You can change the course of someone's life just by finding them a great position. You can choose between working in a union or non-union environment or both.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is helping the company with staffing issues and employee relations issues. The worst is when I have to terminate an associate for cause. This is never an easy decision. Part of this position requires you to interpret the company policies and procedures and apply them fairly to all associates. This can be difficult when others do not agree with you, but maintaining your composure and professionalism goes a long way.
There are times when you have to deliver the news of a policy change or a benefit change that is not popular or well-received. Be prepared to receive a lot of backlash, but find a professional and positive way to refute incorrect information. Again, always maintain your professional demeanor and you will be respected by your managers and co-workers. Always be honest!!!! The best part of this job is when you have answered a question, righted a wrong or made a difference for a person or your Company.
Job Tips: You have to have patience, great listening skills and a sense of humor. You must be able to handle highly confidential information. You must be able to treat others with the greatest dignity and respect and serve as a role model for other associates. "Honesty" and "integrity" are words you would do well to keep in the forefront of your mind. The power of your pen will always prevail. You will need to be an excellent historian and document everything that you do. Strong organizational skills assist you every day. You must be able to handle multiple priorities at one time. Fires pop up everywhere. You can expect to be called early in the morning or the middle of the night with issues or needs. When launching your career, think about the quality of your work, take the time to learn what you need to know before moving on. This is essential to making fair and equitable decisions. Think of yourself as a judge. Be impartial and fair at all times, hear all of the evidence before making a decision. Use your intuition and past experience to guide you.
Additional Thoughts: This can be extremely taxing on your personal life, so be prepared to put in a lot of hours and deal with the unexpected at any given time. You are working with people. The human element makes every day a fresh start.
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