Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My 9-5


One of my favorite things to learn about people is what they do for a living. It fascinates me, actually. I like to know more than just their title though.I want to know what they DO. How they spend their time. What a typical day looks like. What kind of environment do they work in? How they landed in that job, and where they want to be in the next year or five years. Thats what's interesting to me.

So, when I discoverd this brilliant #9to5TotatlSocial link-up hosted by Venus Trapped In Mars and Helene In Between, I immediately wrote it in my planner so I didn't forget!

I work in Human Resources and specifically am a Recruiter. I am the only recruiter at my organization. What does a Recruiter actually do you wonder? I post job announcements, screen resumes/applications, field phone calls and e-mails from job candidates all day long, write interview questions, schedule interviews, facilitate and participate in interview panels, conduct reference verifications and background checks, and coordinat offer packages for candidates. I'm exhausted just typing all that out!

Really though, I spend most of my day in my cubicle in the corner of the office. I work 7 am to 4pm (not 9-5), and also get a significant amount of comp time for extra hours worked which is a true GIFT. I work for a large organization and only know about 10% of the people in my building. My favorite part of the job is that I work with a really great group of people, and my boss is really great and super flexible. I've worked for some not so great bosses and that will make you appreciate a good one. I spend my days mostly drafting up job announcements/exams, answering e-mails and participating in interview panels.

I have a good friend who works in another department and we usually take a couple of breaks together outside on the picnic benches. I also often go for a run at lunch along the river behind my office or go to the gym across the street. But my favorite thing to do is go sit at Starbucks and read or chat.  I think I have a really great job that only sometimes makes me want to pull my hair out. Can't wait to hear what the rest of you do for work, and I'll try not to be too jealous of you people that get to work from home in your pjs!

25 comments:

  1. Your job sounds really cool! I love that you're able to go to Starbucks and the gym during your lunch break--that's so great!

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  2. What an awesome link-up! I always wonder what poeple do all day! Glad to see I am not the only one in a cube! haha
    I have to say I admire what you do, last month we went throught the hiring process for an assistant in my department and it was rough!!

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  3. That's awesome that your job is flexible, and it sounds like you like it a lot! I love that day planner you have! My 9 to 5 is really a 7 to 7 -- I work night shift as a nurse. The good part is that I get 4 days off every week, but the bad part is that on days that I work there is literally time for nothing else but sleep.
    Happy Wednesday!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  4. The people you work with really make the job!

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  5. I bet you come across some interesting people lol!

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  6. having a great boss is so important! it sounds like you have a really excellent set up! flexibility (to me) is everything! i have considered doing recruiting so i love learning more about this!

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  7. I wish I worked a 9-5...maybe one day. But for now, 7-7 it is for me! Love seeing a glimpse into your life :)

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  8. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on recruiting right now. People act like the job market is struggling, but really, when I was in management a few years ago, I couldn't KEEP people and I couldn't find good people. It was a lot tougher than I thought it would be!

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  9. This is so interesting! I was an RA (Resident Assistant - I know every college uses different terms ;) and one of my favorite parts of the year was conducting interviews for the following year's team. Of course, I may have enjoyed it more, as I liked being the interviewer as opposed to the interviewee ;)

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    1. Oh snap! Forgot to share about my #9to5. Mine actually doesn't have super strict office hours, but I TRY to be in around 9 and out around 5. Anyway - I am a graphic designer at a large corporation. I support various sales teams with marketing collateral for sales events, trade shows, presentations, etc. While I do enjoy my job, I am beginning to think, pray, and move towards applying for Teach for America. My heart just isn't in my current job as much as it would be as a teacher in a low income school. I'd love to use my skills and teach high school art/design/marketing classes OR elementary! Anyway, fun to hear about your work! Love to see other cubicles too. Yours looks so cute :)

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  10. Darn, I wish I knew about this! Hopefully they'll have another, I love this idea :) Your job sounds great, it's great that it's flexible, that is always nice! Mine is pretty laid back and flexible too.

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  11. My roommate just got a job as a recruiter and she is so pumped about it! It sounds like a great job but I'm sure you have your plate full most days!

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  12. I love love to see people's desks. My desk is mostly mine but another receptionist uses it sometimes so I can't really decorate it. Knowing what others desks look like makes me feel better about not decorating mine.

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  13. Your desk is adorable, I have yet to decorate mine. I love your desktop backgrounds sometimes the pictures help get you through the day!

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  14. I love this link up. It so much fun learn where everyone works. Glad you like where you work.

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  15. Having a really great boss is so important. And wow girl you go to work early!! I can never get there before 10!

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  16. Sounds like a great work environment with the flexible boss and friends to have lunch picnics with! Like how your cubicle has touches of your life and is personalized!

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  17. Your cubicle puts mine to shame. I seriously have NOTHING on the walls, even though I have a whole little box of push pins just in case I get the urge to decorate... sigh. Now I'm depressed for myself.

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  18. Whew that sounds like a lot! Your cubicle looks cute though and that is a perk!

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  19. Flexible hours and a good boss is such a blessing!

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  20. I love your space - so cute! It reminds me I really need to get some pictures and personal items up :) I worked for a recruiting firm for almost 3 years - loved it!! So wonderful to have flexible hours and a great boss!!

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  21. I love your hours. I also like your job. It's some thing that I have been interested in before. I've heard both good and bad things.

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  22. Such an interesting post and I always enjoy knowing more and this "fit the bill." I'm anxious to share my "Day in the Life" post tomorrow with you and Rachel.

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  23. I've always wanted to be a recruiter! In my last job search I tried making the switch, but I was only getting bites from recruiting firms for healthcare and IT where your job is your life (i.e. 10+ hour days). What I'd love is something along the lines of what you do which I was told is called internal recruiting. I'm so fascinated by the whole process :)

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