K-State graduation year: May 2006
Degree: BS in human resources management
Current employer: Service Management Group
Position: Human resources administrator
How many times did you change your major during college?
Describe the process of choosing your major:
I enjoyed interacting with people of all ages and really enjoyed the idea of business. My aunt is in human resources and talked to me about what she did on a day to day basis. It sound like a good fit and was something I was interested in. I also really enjoyed my human resources classes so that helped me know I had made the right decision.
What activities/organizations were you involved in while in college?
Volleyball and basketball official at the K-State Rec Center
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority
Greek Affairs risk management council
All-university homecoming committee
Beginning a promising profession club
Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity
Court appointed special advocate
Did you complete an internship or have related work experience prior to receiving your job?
I was an orientation leader the summer before I was hired as a K-State admissions representative. As an orientation leader I had the chance to meet new students and their families when they were on campus to enroll in classes.I enjoyed being able to help them, show them around campus, and answer their questions about K-State. Plus, it gave me a better understanding of the job of an admissions representative.
Describe the process of finding your first job:
My first job was with K-State, and it came with a very difficult interview process. I did, however, have the advantage of knowing a few people on the selection committee, and I knew some great people to help me prepare.
My second job was more difficult to get because of the poor economic conditions, which decreased the number of jobs available. I eventually found my current job after about three months, and it was through a friend that I was able to be hired. It is important to utilize your connections with friends and business colleagues when you're in the job search process.
I was fortunate enough to come back to K-State to work for the Alumni Association as the Associate Director of Student Programs. This job allowed me to work with all types of K-Staters in many different areas. I was able to help plan events for the Alumni Association and create a link between future, current, and alumni of our wonderful University.
I got married in September of 2013 and moved back to Olathe to be with my husband at the end of the fall semester. My old company offered me a job as a recruiter and I have been here back since January 2014.
Briefly describe a typical day at your job:
My day consists of working on hiring for several different roles. I work closely with our hiring managers and the rest of the Human Resources and Accounting departments. Sifting through resumes, search for people to fill our positions, write summaries, and conduct phone interviews are just a few of the tasks that I have on a daily basis.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy finding the right fit for a position and helping people to have an opportunity with our company.
What are the most challenging aspects of your job?
Finding the right people to fit what our hiring managers are looking for in a candidate. It is also a challenge to make sure you are covering all of your bases with what questions need to be asked and what information is required about each position to move forward.
What advice would you give someone interested in your field?
Any experience you can get in human resources is worth it. Make sure to look up information on the certification testing for the Professional in Human Resources certificate so you can get that out of the way early.