Bonus Meditation: HR 101: What Human Resources Actually Does

Hi, it’s Mary Kate again from “You, Me, & Ennui.” Thanks for listening to my conversation with Jha’nee Carter about approaching your career with confidence and professionalism. Whether you’re about to start a new job or want to reinvigorate your career, I hope the conversation inspired you to take action (and maybe see Human Resources in a new light).

If you’re looking for more ways to relate our conversation to your life, we’re back with another “bonus meditation” that will offer you some questions to reflect on… some might apply to you, some might not, and that’s OK! I’ll pause briefly between each question, but if you need more time, just hit the pause button and take as long as you need. So, find a comfortable position with your feet on the floor and close your eyes.

How do you define professionalism, and what specific actions or habits can you adopt to embody this in your day-to-day work? Are there role models or mentors in your field whose professional demeanor you admire and can learn from?

When it comes to negotiating your salary, what is your current understanding of your market value, and how can you effectively communicate your worth to your employer? Have you researched salary benchmarks in your industry, and do you feel confident in your negotiation skills?

Nobody plans to lose their job, but what steps, if any, have you taken to ensure financial stability in case it happens? Do you have an updated resume, a solid network, and a clear plan for job searching if you need to find a new position quickly?

How are you continuously learning and evolving in your field to stay competitive and adaptable? Are there any new skills or certifications that could enhance your career prospects and make you more resilient to industry changes?

Thanks again for spending time with me. I’ll be with you next time on “You, Me, & Ennui.”

Music credit:

Purple LoFi Chill Beats – Reverse