HR Impact 2015: Be a Board Member

As our careers advance, many of us move from a pure tactical role into a strategic one or some combination of board memberthe two.  If you are one of those strategic thinkers, consider how that could benefit a larger purpose.

There are many charitable organizations that are looking for people to help in an advisory board member role. Through my own curiosity, I’ve found some that are very involved and some that are not.  Either way, you can play an important part.

Ask yourself which issues tug at your heart?  What do you tend to give to?  What stories get your attention the most?  That’s where you could benefit others in a big way and get a boost yourself.

With a little internet research, it isn’t hard to find some options that interest you and then determine what their needs are.  If they don’t need you in that role right now, they can probably suggest other ways you can help or other similar organizations to look into.

Where should you start?  Consider checking out Boardnetusa or your local United Way chapter can be a good place to get ideas.  St. Louis United Way chapter

There’s no shortage of need.  Don’t underestimate your ability to make a difference!

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HR Impact 2015: Resume help

In keeping with the job search theme since we touched on mock interviewing recently, lets take a minuteresume help to consider resumes.

As an HR pro, it may be common for friends and family members to ask you for your advice on their resume. You also know how much they appreciate your input.  Despite all the resources right at their fingertips on the web and in the bookstore or library, people still want and appreciate talking to someone.

Now think for a minute about those people who have had very few jobs, limited education, or a path that can be hard to explain. Why not take that another step and find some people who don’t know where to start at all and give them a boost?

I know of a lady who volunteers her time with a shelter to assist with resumes.  I’ve seen her work and the difference she is making to these people.  It’s really amazing.

While I’m always for people taking personal accountability for what needs to be done, this is the kind of boost that so many people need.

Remember, your input and encouragement could be the first step someone needs to change their trajectory in 2015.

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HR Impact 2015: Mock Interviews

For my HR counterparts, may I remind you of all the skills you bring to the table that can make mock interviewssuch a big impact on others.  Regardless of your area of expertise, there are people who can use it. 

As I mentioned last week, we’re used to being a “resource” to employees or clients and doing things to impact the bottom line at work.  While that is what we’re paid to do and want to do each day, why not find a way to use that knowledge for an even greater good? 

Impact idea #1-  Mock interviews

Depending on where you’re at in your career in HR, you may have done hundreds or thousands of interviews by now.  That’s experience someone can learn from!

How about finding a not-for-profit that helps those in need and offering to pop in once in a while to help with the questions they have?  Their clients are the people that tend to struggle the most with gaps in employment and/or job hopping due to personal issues.  They simply don’t know exactly how to address those things.  What do they say?  How much info is too much?  You can help them.  

The reality is that when someone is looking for an entry level position as many of these people are, the employer simply needs to see and believe that they are reliable and that they really want to be there.  Helping folks to make that case and believe in themselves can be huge to them and their families.

Your input and encouragement could be the first step someone needs to change their trajectory in 2015. 

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