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Joel Peterson is Director of Human Resources at a design firm in New York City.  Joel began his career as a professional actor before transitioning into Human Resources.  His diverse, creative background spans a variety of industries ranging from international education, the pharmaceutical industry, and public television.  For the last nine years, Joel has worked in the architectural industry where as an HR pro he helps build the people who build the buildings.  Outside the office, Joel is the Social Media Director for the New York State SHRM Council and volunteers for the New York State Special Olympics.

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Articles by Joel Peterson

We are excited to announce that we have created the first ever #SHRM16 Geofilter on Snapchat!

What is a Geofilter?

June 17, 2016

According to the “bible of the internet,” otherwise known as Google, the definition of a “story” is a description, either true or imagined, of a connected series of events. Don’t you love a good story?  I know I do.  In the social media realm, a story can be told via a series of posts, tweets or images.  One of the coolest things about Snapchat is its “My Story” feature.

June 16, 2016

Snapchat is currently the hottest social media app out there.  Teens are no longer the only demographic to be drawn in by Snapchat’s creative and playful features.   News agencies, major brands, Gen Xers and, yes, even my mom are using it now, too!

One of the easiest ways to begin to build your Snapchat community is by following people you already know.  To do so, simply:

June 16, 2016

The annual SHRM national conference is only days away now!  As you get prepared to join us for #SHRM16, don’t forget to pack your favorite social media tool to bring along with you. 

June 13, 2016

I still remember the first SHRM event I attended in my first days as an H.R. professional.  I walked in the meeting room feeling a bit anxious.  Would I fit in?  Would I have anything in common with the H.R. people in the room?

We all seek connections.  We all want to belong.  But we are also prone to look for our differences rather than the commonalities we share.  That’s what I did that day.  I went into that SHRM event expecting to see how I was different.  Truthfully, I got what I expected. 

June 28, 2015