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I have been working in Human Resources since my very early twenties, and in that time I have met some inspirational, intelligent, humorous and downright strange individuals.

Interestingly even to this day, when I meet some people and I say I work in Human Resources, there are normally two reactions – “oh here comes the fun police” or better yet, “do you just organise morning teas and celebrations whilst the rest of the team works?”.

I can appreciate that they may just be jokes (not sensitive in the slightest), but it’s clear people wonder what HR people actually do.

Having worked in the profession for fifteen years, I guess now is a good a time as any to give you an overview,  As an HR professional I am responsible for:


Being a strategic partner to the business: contributing to the development and accomplishment of organisation-wide business plans and objectives by providing talent.

An employee advocate: A responsibility to know the team – need and wants, delivering on talent management initiatives whilst creating a work environment where people choose to contribute, to be motivated, and to be happy.

Change champion: Constantly evaluating the effectiveness of the organisation’s results and seeing how we can utilise our talent to do things bigger and better.

This is an overview, to learn more head to my LinkedIn in profile here.

Why am I writing all this? Well, I have recently had a HR graduate come under my wing and once again things have come full circle for me. I have reflected on what I do, how I do it and why I do HR as I impart knowledge. The whole experience has taken me back to my graduate experience and how I want to make it even better for someone who enters the workforce for the first time.



In my opinion, it has always been clear to me that someone can have all the smarts in the world but to work effectively in today’s business environment it takes zero talent to do the following:

be on time: know the importance of being on time, as well as completing projects and tasks on schedule. If they’re going to be late or miss a deadline, then they communicate with those who need to know, and a new deadline or meeting time can be established.

Honesty:  You can have all the talent in the world, but without integrity and authenticity, nothing great will be accomplished.

Take Notes: as brilliant as you think you are – take notes, otherwise you will forget things.

Work Hard: nothing great is accomplished easily. Be willing to put in the hours and be willing to learn new things and incorporate different ways of thinking.

Ask Questions: there is no such thing as asking a stupid question. Better to ask the question than spend hours trying to fix something that could have been avoided.

Your Attitude Matters: Come into work fresh and energetic and you will outproduce workers who think negatively and easily burn-out when they encounter defeat.

In the short time that I have worked with our graduate, she has demonstrated the above and then some.

In reading this post, I hope you have come to understand what your HR department does wherever you work and that you have found some tips to become the successful employee you have always wanted to be.

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Next Steps…

It always amuses me when people think that I sit at home behind my computer and blog for a living. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Blogging is a hobby that I kind of fell into – but if you check my LinkedIn profile you will see that I am Post Graduate Human Resources Professional with 10+ years of experience in various industries. Guess I am just dropping some knowledge for those, not in the know. Self-promotion never hurt anyone.

Anyway I feel like we are only midway through the first month of 2017 and already husbae and I are making bold moves. In the last blog post, I let you know that we have decided to stay in the capital city of Australia. I am sitting in the dark (don’t ask me why) writing this as I embrace the fact that today was my last day with my current employer.

When I started with the organisation I was still a young bushy eyed twenty-something girl who was itching to take on the world. Now I leave as a wife and a mother who is wanting to make her next solid career move. After six years, the people in my workplace have become like a second family, along with the family ups, downs, drama and laughter. Yes, you read right, six years – which is almost unheard of for the millennial generation.

So why did I stay? I stayed because I enjoyed my role, I liked the people I worked with (that is always a plus), the role was challenging and kept pushing me to do more and grow.

Initially, when I broke the news to my boss and colleagues – they asked why I was leaving? I’ve always found this to be an awkward question – it’s like you have dumped someone and now you have to explain why you can’t be together anymore. There I go avoiding the question again… So, to answer the question, having been with my current organisation for six years I was starting to feel like part of the furniture. I could anticipate moves, conversation outcomes, how this person would react to this and that, budgets, tasks, and so forth.

One would think that after coming back to work from maternity leave I would just be content doing what I was doing before. Well as it turns out that just was not enough for me. After encountering and facing motherhood dead in the eye and returning to work, I really felt that I was no longer truly stretching myself and that I am capable of doing more.

Am I in my feelings? A little. Well for starters, it’s will be quite a transition to go from being a household name in one organisation to being a relatively unknown person in another. I have to learn how this new organisation’s people like to work and prove that they have made the best decision in appointing me into this business-critical role. If I am honest, I am nervous and slightly anxious, but at the same time I am confident that my skill set and experience will allow me to give them a real run for their money.

I am excited to say that my new role sees me take the lead role in talent acquisition. I will have complete responsibility and autonomy to attract, source, recruit, hire and onboard employees within the organisation.

I think it is important to mention that without having had the hands-on experience that I had at my current workplace I would not have been adequately prepared for this new role. Consequently, I would like to thank my current employer for the opportunity that they gave me to learn and grow and form some fantastic friends who I will continue to see in the industry.

In closing, to move away from your comfort zone and basically take a career gamble takes tremendous guts and self-confidence. I am fortunate to have my husbae, my family and friends cheering me on to use my God given talents to the fullest.

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