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My NEW Business Venture: HR Pro-To-Go; For Now.
What is that?? Let me tell you how I got to be an HR Pro-To-Go.
My Human Resources world has been a bit crazy the past 15 years. I have always focused on salary, opportunity and traveling. That was it. Where can I go to make more money than I have so far and will there be travel? I’ll take that job. Never did I think about temporary roles or Independent Contracting-that was for individuals who couldn’t find a full-time job. That would never be me. I am just too good-that was just how I viewed the whole temporary opportunity.
Fast Forward To Today
After my last full-time role, I was very tired, stressed and quite frankly done with the HR world. Then I discovered “HR Pro-To-Go, for now”.
When I was on my NKOTB cruise, I received an email about a temporary opportunity that had an option to turn permanent. At this time, I was unemployed for about 3 months and feeling major amounts of pressure regarding money, laziness, just pure life pressure that I put on myself. Anybody who knows me would tell you I am frugal. However, up until this point, I went on at least 3 or 4 vacations a year, had season tickets to my favorite NHL hockey team that I waited 7 years to get and we were able to buy a ‘fun’ car that I always wanted but took out a 6 year loan to do so.
Perhaps I overstepped my spending. Now shopping at Aldi wasn’t so terrible. I started paying special attention to websites like ibotta.com, to save money of course. I was terrified at the thought of paying interest on credit card balances and going into debt. After all, I did that twice in the past and I was never going there again.
While I was being really particular with the positions being relayed to me, the term temporary was no longer making me nervous. Sure, I had bills to pay but my husband was working overtime like it was another full-time job and while it was nice, it wasn’t right and unfortunately it wasn’t paying all of the bills. With purple hair and all, I went on an interview to be the Interim HR Manager while the company decided which direction they were going to go in the Human Resources department.
I literally started within 3 days as an Independent Contractor. Did they just hire me with purple hair? In HR Management? Wow….this must be an awesome company for sure. Jeans every day, Fun Fridays and a gym-I love this!
The outgoing HR Manager, who was leaving to take a step down in another company -why would she do that?!- introduced me to all employees as “HR for now.” At first, it was awkward but I went with it. It became a joke of sorts but I enjoyed the humor in it. After a total of 24 hours of training spanned across 4 days with a 7-day vacation in between, I was the Interim HR Manager working 40+ hours each week and actually getting paid for all of the hours. I like this flexibility but there was a lot to do in a short period of time.
Within weeks I was very busy and it brought back visions of my previous role and the stressfulness I felt. Suddenly the flashbacks were a bit much and I decided after a month or so that I wasn’t interested in the full-time role anymore. In fact, I enjoyed the concept of being flexible. I could do this…leaving and do a similar role elsewhere if needed. An IC has flexible work, is brought in for various reasons with one being projects. That is what I want…Something different all of the time and not stagnant.
After 4 months, the company finally hired an HR Director and soon I was about to embark on another journey. I stayed an additional 6 weeks of training and wrapping up a multitude of projects that were handed down in my last week. I loved the project piece and after an extended vacation, I may just have an opportunity to continue with this company on a project-based basis.
LOVE THIS! I have also received a couple of other offers to do similar work. So consider me HR Pro-To-Go; For Now!
The moral of this story…
…and why I am telling it is that it is OK to make a drastic change in life because as long as you are happy and enjoying YOUR daily grind, nothing else matters! Look at all of the lemons we are dealt as opportunities in disguise and at some point, you will learn that not only do things happen for a reason but there is also a lot of learning about oneself in times of concern. When unemployed I started on this blogging journey and I have found that working full-time was not affording me this opportunity to give more time to my new passion. However, HR Pro-To-Go helps me to do this.
See how I got into HR and this blog at https://www.hrwhat.com/hello-world/
All the best… ♥Judean♥
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