(Closed) I'm a HR Director- Ask me anything!

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 35
777 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Commenting to come back!

Post # 36
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Fiance applied for a job. Got an interview via video conference. Vice President of company flew down three weeks later and asked to meet with Fiance. FI met with him and Vice President told him Fiance was over qualified for position and he earns way more than the position would pay. He then told him he had another position that he though Fiance would be great for. Told Fiance to think of a number (salary wise) and get back to him in a few days. Fiance contacted him with a number (close to what he gets paid now). Vice President said he’d take the info to corporate(hr) and get back with him. It’s been a week. Vice President a hasn’t responded. Fiance called and left a message. What now?!? should he just wait? What do you think happened? Does it take that long? Vice President seemed super interested in Fiance for that position. 

Any insight will help! 

Post # 37
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@Penelopeee:  Ooh I have a question.

I work for a small ad agency who is owned by a larger parent company (they have 3000 offices worldwide) I want to move back home to Australia and am hoping my company will help me look for work within the network before I head home. Is it a bad idea to talk to them about this move before resigning? I want their help and want to do the right thing but feel like I should resign before this discussion. What do you think?

I hate the idea of resigning without having another job but it’s very hard to get a job when you live in another country and can’t physically interview 🙁


Post # 38
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I work in HR, too. Solidarity, sister. 🙂

Post # 39
2389 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have a question about confidentiality.  We have a new HR Director at work, and she seems to be SO much better than the previous one (who basically seemed to hate people).  I would love to talk to her about an issue (and have been advised by my manager to do so) but am worried that she might say something to HER supervisor (company VP).  VP is not to be trusted, and is known to be extremely vindictive.  On the surface he is charming, but a snake underneath.  I try to steer clear of him.  

I know this because I’ve been with the company for 14 years, and she’s been here less than one.  How would you proceed?  Is she allowed to talk to VP about what we discuss?

Post # 40
30 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have a 6-year communications background and am now working a mix of admin/communications/government affairs/event planning for a lobbying group. I have a four-year degree in communication and political science. Could I transition into an HR job – or do I need a different degree?  Are most HR jobs fairly 9 to 5?  Any suggestions for making that transition?  I currently hire and monitor interns, file expenses and sit on the HR task force for my company…

Post # 41
2529 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’d actually like to know what sort of things make a good resume for a job candidate – what stands out and what do you hate seeing?
What makes you want to give the candidate a shot?

Post # 42
598 posts
Busy bee

Sweet! I am just applying to an HR post-diploma program now that I am graduating from an Arts degree, double major psychology and English. Any suggestions? How do you like your job? How are the future job prospects to your knowledge?

ETA: I have a load of sales experience, worked 6 months as an office admin, but no financial or HR experience. I am trying for any kind of HR internship but I live in a big, competitive city, even for unpaid positions!

Post # 43
11533 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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@Penelopeee:  Thank you so much for taking the time to come back to answer my questions. I appreciate both the confirmation and additional insight your response has provided.

Yes, I am continuing to network as opportunities present themselves. I recently agreed to place myself into consideration for a board-level appointment for an area non-profit organization, and I’m excited about that on its own merit, because I believe so strongly in the entity’s mission. However, I am thinking that this may also have the added benefit of allowing me to meet some new contacts in this area. Likewise, last spring, I volunteered for a friend-raising/fundraising initiative for another entity in which I have a strong interest. Finally, I have been increasing my involvement in some other, annual community activities.

Yes, I definitely always tailor my cover letters to the entities to which I send them.  However, my resume has been what it is.  I do have a question: If I end up having to take a very low-level, part-or-full-time, manual-labor type position that is completely outside of my professional field, I am presuming that I do NOT need to include this on my professional resume but that I DO have to include it on all applications for employment. Is my understanding of this correct? Do you think, in the long run, that taking a job such as this will actually work against me as I attempt to return to my professional field?

Finally, although I agree with your assessment that I should not provide salary data on employment applications, almost all of them must now be completed online. I have tried to omit certain data on some online applications. However, usually the entities’ websites do not accept non-numeric data in those data fields. In one case, I applied for an hourly position, and I could only show my formerly salaried-position salaries as a converted, approximated (annual salary divided by 2080 annual work hours) hourly rate.

Post # 44
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Penelopeee:  I could use your expertise.

After the wedding, I plan on jumping back in to job hunting. I have a connection to the field that I want to get into, and he’s trying to find me positions (and work on my resume), which is great. Right now, I’m severely underemployed working as a part time receptionist/admin assistant and I’m going nowhere.

I applied at a company back in late June. I never got the chance to follow up because lots of things happened after that (and my friend had a lot of stuff happen and wasn’t able to set up a meeting for me with someone who works there). Could I follow up after the wedding, or would that be weird? Should I just apply again?

Post # 45
1542 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Penelopeee:  I could use some insight…

Im a web designer and I got a promotion to a lead web designer last june. However I never got a raise for it. It comes with a raise and i in no doubt deserve one however due to some company guidelines they couldn’t get it put through in the system yet…. Annual review time was pushed back but now its finally coming up in october.

Originally I was told that they couldn’t give me 50k which my coworker started at in this position (he moved away so i’m taking his job) I don’t have the 4 years experience needed to qualify. I am still making my junior rate of 38k… They hired a man to take my position with little experiense and still in college making 40k…. I moved up to take my old coworkers position and he was making 55-60k. But he was hired with 4 years experience 5 years ago making 50k. I was told that they put me up to get 45k a year ago.. that was a year ago though. And now i have 3.5 years experience. Not to mention that if they give me just 45 and everyone else a 3% raise like they normally do then my coworker will move up to 42. 

I just looked up the market rate for my position is averaging 62k. I am 24k underpaid! Not to mention the fact that I heard this company pays women unfairly and I am living proof so if i was willing to go to court over it, I could probably win a gender discrimination case. Which I don’t want to even bother with.

I would like to keep this job because other then the company and the pay, its great. Is HR the ones to deal with this? My boss’ boss is the one who gave us the 45 rate but he doesn’t seem to be able to help us with actually getting the raise either. I don’t know what else to do other then just give up and try to find a new job. I know that come october they’ll just give me 45 but thats not even close to a fair rate for me anymore…45 was over a year ago.

Post # 46
3457 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@kerensa:  Have you tried to ask to move yourself instead?  That’s what a coworker did here with a similar issue.

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