Human Resource Professional Day 2019 | Spotlight: Jenni Stone

September 26 is #HumanResourceProfessionalDay. 

Every day, HR professionals positively impact the lives of employees in workplaces around the world and contribute to the business strategy that allows their organizations to compete, grow and thrive. 

We asked our bloggers to share their HR stories.

I didn’t choose to be in HR…it chose me.

Have you ever asked someone why they chose HR, or how they got their start in HR?  It’s amazing how often you hear that someone “ended up” in HR, not as a choice, but as part of a progression. One position morphing into another based on need.

I had spent my early years in the recruiting arena, working for a staffing agency, placing temps at various manufacturing and day labor jobs. Then I moved on to Alltel, enjoying my first ‘corporate gig” placing folks in careers in the call center. It’s at Alltel where I met Ann, Sr. HR Generalist.

I was asked to assist Ann with onboarding and orientation for new folks joining Alltel. I’ll be honest, it was admin work, putting together packets, helping get things organized for new hire orientation. But I loved the work, and Ann was so supportive, giving me an insight into her job, and encouraging me to pursue a career in HR. So, I started college (again) and decided HR was where I wanted to be, though I didn’t know at the time that being in “HR” would offer me so much more than I could have possibly imagined. 

Without Ann’s encouragement and support, I would never have started on this path. Remember, you have influence, and someone may be listening.  You could be encouraging the next generation of HR.

In the years since my time at Alltel with Ann, I got my master’s degree in HR, received dual certification from SHRM and HRCI, started my first job as an HR Manager at a company that hired me with no previous experience. I now own and operate my own HR Consulting firm offering HR support to small business nationwide. I make a difference, every single day.

I love my work. I’ve served on boards, volunteered, and practiced “HR on Purpose.” I’ve connected, I’ve supported, and I’ve learned from some of the most amazing HR professionals and people on the planet, and I wouldn’t change the experience for anything. HR chose me, and I’m glad it did.



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