Human Resource Professional Day 2019 | Spotlight: Claire Petrie

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.


Why did you choose a career in HR and what has been the most rewarding?

Both of my parents worked in the field and I always saw how passionate they were about their work. I decided to go to business school and as soon as I got to my HR classes I was sold! It’s such a good match for my personality and for my “why.” I feel my best when I get to share what I know to help someone else be better or feel better about their current situation. I remember starting off my career in HR doing things like processing tuition reimbursements, coordinating a smoking cessation program, and helping new hires get acclimated and enroll in benefits. Although these may sound like administrative tasks, to the person on the other end, they were life-changing. That made me feel so good, like I was making a difference! I had a purpose! People appreciated me and my work.

Moving up into more strategic roles where I can design process and coach managers has been so rewarding. I know I contribute to our business’ success which stems from setting people up for success. I also love being able to use my personal and HR experiences to help those finding their way in the world of work whether it be sharing resume, interview or LinkedIn tips. I just love being able to share and help. HR allows me to do that every day!

Why would you recommend a career in HR to students or those looking to transfer into the HR profession from another field?

HR has the potential to create such positive change and impact. So if you want to serve others and help them and organizations be better, welcome!! I also love that there are a lot of areas within the HR field that all need different strengths and talents. There are a lot of directions you can go. However, it’s also a big responsibility. People turn to you, trust you, and need you to help them through challenges. HR also has a wonderful community of supportive and like-minded professionals who also want to do good and help others. You’ll be in good company and will be able to find the resources you need to learn and grow. Online resources, the SHRM blog, going to conferences, participating in Twitter chats, etc. Thanks, SHRM!

What advice can you share with others who are planning a career in HR?

I learn from listening to what’s going on around me and asking good questions. Finding out what’s going well and what isn’t means I always have information to work from in order to create value. Think in terms of what does the business need from me, not what HR services can I give them. Also, make sure to do your research and understand your local laws and other regulations for compliance.



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