My Education: Associate Business Bach Human Resources Management
My Prior Experience: I'm fresh out of school and trying to work my way up.
My Company: I work for a manufacturing plant.
Job/Career Overview: My job (as an assistant) is to create ads to put in the local newspaper. I am responsible for creating a list of attributes important for each job. I call potential workers and set appointments. I sometimes am responsible for interviewing or verifying information an a potential new hire. I also take photos and create company name badges.
To be able to work in Human Resources, you have to be able to use different Microsoft Office products. A person needs to be able to create documents, spreadsheets, and know how to save and pull back up documents. A person working in this field should have a good phone voice and be able to conduct themselves in a business manner.
One trait that most people wouldn't think that a Human Resources professional would need is math or accounting abilities. Most facilities have their own accounting person who deals with all the numbers, but surprisingly, a lot of Human Resources departments are the first ones who get asked a question when something goes wrong with a employee's paycheck. A good HR person should not only know the state's labor laws and have good interpersonal communication skills, but they should also know how to tally a worker's pay, including overtime pay, when needed.
I rate this career 6 out of 10.
The best part of this career (like any office job I suppose) is that you don't have to work holidays and most of the time you don't have to work weekends either. It is very easy to have a good work/life balance in this field.
Something not so good about this job that you never know what you're going to get! A day that you may think is going to run smoothly might get turned upside down by one person not being dependable. One speaker not showing up for a meeting, one worker walking out of an important position, or one storm coming and preventing the next shift's workers from showing can all ruin a day.
1- Do not schedule anything too far in advance because plans will always fall through.
2- Eating at your desk is sometimes the easiest. Make sure to have spare lunches in the work fridge.
3- Employees' hostility about things outside of your control will sometimes be directed at you. Learn good communication techniques and don't take everything personal. Learn to laugh at the end of the day and don't take your work home with you (i.e. aggravation, annoyance, guilty feelings)