I like my job. I like it so much, that I spend time on HR topics in my spare time. But let’s face it: Our job has a huge impact on our personality and changes the perception of the world around us. When I saw the video to the song “Punk Rock messed you up, kid” by the band Swain I thought “Ha, HR messed me up” and the idea to this article was born. But can you really bring together Punk Rock and HR? Luckily I got some help from Kasia, Eva and Marcel.
Kasia Borowicz, Sourcing & Social Recruiting Trainer, www.kmborowicz.com
- Most of the people I’d call my friends are either recruiters or somehow connected to the industry.
- Whenever I meet someone who isn’t perfectly happy with their job, I immediately start thinking about what would make them happier and how I can help them do that.
- I seem to be the go-to person for job searching help in my extended family even though I myself was pretty bad at it
- Anything and everything can inspire me to blog about recruiting, from everyday situations to my favorite sci-fi books
- I can almost never completely detach from social media – I’ve learned to make myself available at all times so it can make me feel anxious if I’m not!
- I’ve learned to enjoy networking and meeting new people even though I’m naturally extremely shy. At some events, I’ll still just sit in a corner checking out my Twitter account…
- I firmly believe everyone deserves to be in a job they like and I’ll encourage people (including strangers) to go out and find it
- After a few years in the industry, I finally learned to give myself the space to pursue other passions than simply recruiting and instead of just giving others advice on work-life balance I’m following that advice too!
Sergej Zimpel, Senior Recruiter @ ProSiebenSat1 Media SE, dinosaurswilldie.blog
- When I meet someone new, my first question usually is “What is your job?” – and sometimes I even conduct a full job interview after that. At parties.
- I realized that networking can be fun.
- I understood that BarCamps are not a convention for barkeepers
- Recruiters are weird. Most of them in a good way.
- People are more complex than I thought. Good software engineers are not antisocial basement dwellers and good sales professionals don’t act like sly car salesmen.
- Everyone has a great passion and great stories to tell.
- I became pretty good at finding people on the internet. Some people think that’s creepy.
- Recruiter memes are a thing
Marcel Rütten, HR Manager @ Kindernothilfe e. V., HR4Good.com
- When I started in HR, I used to think that you have to be a legal eagle to succeed. That‘s nonsense. Today I would say it should be a mix of psychologist and IT specialist. And organizational developer. And financial controller. And marketing manager. And salesmen. And…
- Ties are out! I think they were never really trendy, but their time is over now. Finally.
- Most of the time I spend on social media, I use for my HR network and not for my family and friends. Is that normal?
- Blogging, lecturing and networking takes time. Much time. But you get back so much love for it. Sometimes.
- Each time, interviewing people who have a high intrinsic motivation warms my heart anew.
- I love numbers and statistics when making decisions. Many people say that they rely on their gut feeling. If my gut wants to tell me something, I’ll quickly find a toilet.
- Algorithms have nothing to do with Armageddon. IF THIS had happened, THEN I would have missed doomsday.
- HR is sometimes so egocentric and only deals with herself, but I still love H(E)R!
Eva Stock, Teamlead HR @ Trust Agents, HRisnotacrime.com
- Most of the people I meet nowadays I meet at networking events. I spend more time at networking events than with my friends. Not cool!
- I guess my colleagues are way more aware of my life than my mom is. Sorry, guys!
- I really love to guess what people are doing for a living. And I am getting better and better at this. Creepy!
- When I sit in a café or a bar and casually overhear someone talking in bullshit-bingo-manner about their jobs or companies, I can’t help to listen and comment on this. Yes, that’s annoying!
- I never thought I could wrestle down my inner sloth and put so much effort into my job. Even in my free-time, why?!?! I always felt pity for „that kind of people.“ Well…look at me now.
- I can easily keep up conversations with anyone. Even if I don’t have the slightest interest in keeping the conversation going. OMG – I became a hypocrite.
I hate this game and will call my mom right away! Thanks for nothing, Sergej!