(Due to extenuating circumstances, this had to be postponed until today. Better late that never, as they say).
Name/Profession: Susan Havill, Human Resource Business Partner
What led you into this career/profession?
I enjoy helping individuals achieve their full potential and finding ways to promote organizational development that leads to strong business results.
What appealed to you?
The opportunity to partner with leaders to develop people strategies that promote strong business results for the organization.
What did it take for you to get into this position?
I obtained a degree in human resources. I obtained, also, experience working for leading companies in a variety of human resource roles.
What is the best part of your day?
Collaborating with leaders to develop solutions to their problems. Training leaders on people development skills. Coaching leaders on effective strategies to bring out the best in their teams.
What is the worst part of your day?
I really love my current role. In more entry level HR roles earlier in my career, I spent a lot of time inputting HR data and filing information. I prefer working on more strategic efforts.
What is the average salary for this position and perks of the job?
The salary for an HR Leader can range from $80,000 to $120,000. In some roles I have had opportunities to do some fun travel. Entry level roles can average $35-40k, dependent upon the part of the country you work.
How would someone get started in this position?
Get internships during college to build some basic experience. Volunteer for nonprofit groups to take on HR- related projects. Join HR-related associations and get involved.
What words of advice and/or recommendations would you give to someone thinking of this profession as a career?
It’s very important to achieve HR certification to show that you can apply HR learning to real world business opportunities. Plus, I found that the course that I look to prepare me for the test was outstanding in helping to broaden my knowledge.