Monday, July 31, 2017

Take a Chance on Me

I've always said that all I need is a chance and I can prove my value. 

The last few weeks at work have been stressful. They weren't stressful because of the work I was doing, though. It was stressful because I didn't know if I was going to be headed back to the call centre in a few short weeks. 

As mentioned in my previous post, I interviewed for 'my' role. It was a strange interview for me, because I was interviewing for the exact job that I was doing. And, I was torn. I was torn because I knew I didn't want to go back to the call centre, but I wasn't sure I wanted to keep doing what I was doing. Don't get me wrong-I love my job and I am so appreciative of the opportunity, but I definitely wanted to be in a role where I was doing more 'core' HR work. My current role is, in my opinion, more administrative than it is core HR. But I'll tell you one thing-I was and am determined to not go back to the call centre ever again!

Anyhow, the interview lasted about 20-25 minutes, and it was conducted by two of my colleagues. It went well. But, now wanting to put my eggs all in one basket, I applied to a few other internal roles that came up as well, including a role in compensation (Sr Compensation administrator) and a role in talent development (Sr. Learning Coordinator). 

While waiting to hear back about my current role, I was invited to an interview for the Learning Coordinator role. I received an invite on a Monday to meet on the following Monday. The Outlook invite that I received indicated that the interview would be an hour long and would consist of various behavioural questions. I was thankful to have the week to prepare, as I had just a few short and hurried hours to prepare for my current role (which I maybe it's better that way..?)

I arrived at the interview location and took a few moments to breath and relax (thanks to the relax option on my Fitbit Charge 2). Thankfully my manager told me exactly where to go, as I most definitely would have taken the wrong elevator otherwise.

When I arrived, I was greeted by the hiring manager. He took me to a room where one of his colleagues was already waiting. He took the first few minutes to introduce me to his colleague as well as tell me a bit about the job. The tag team behavioural interview questions began, and I think I did quite well. It was one of the more comfortable interviews that I've ever been in, perhaps because I had spent to so much time preparing beforehand. I am also lucky enough to have several recruiters around me who I was able to go to for advice (well, one person in particular) and get some great tips. But it's always encouraging when the person interviewing you is nodding and saying "yes" and agreeing with what you're saying. 

When the interview was over (it took place a week ago today)  I was told that they should hopefully come to a decision by the end of next week (by the end of this week). 

Well, my heart sank a bit when i saw the hiring manager's name come across my office phone number's call display just two days later??

After I said hello and we shared a few niceities, I heard him say "I have some exciting news to share with you..."

I got the job! I will soon be a sr learning coordinator with the talent development team!

This was literally a weight off of my shoulders, and I'm so glad that it didn't take nearly 2 weeks to find out that I got the role. 

The role itself is also a secondment/contract, but the contract length is until February of 2019, so it will be a nice, long role. 

I'm glad that people are seeing my work ethic and what I bring to the table and wanting to work with me. I'm really excited! I start at the end of August.

Can't wait and see what this new and exciting chapter has in store for me..! 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Yep, he's still the love of my life :)

HR Coordinator - 1 year later

It has been just over a year since I started my role in HR. So, what's the deal?

My role focuses on supporting the Talent Acquisition team. What that means is that I (along side my wonderful colleague) are responsible for the onboarding and offboarding of all new HR employees. This includes making sure that the new hire (or transfer in from another department) has all of the equipment he or she needs to be successful in their role. Laptop, headset, mouse, keyboard, passcard, system access, RSA token (used to log into the CIBC network from home, library, etc) ordering blackberry devices...these are just some of the things that we manage as it relates to onboarding. 

The offboarding process, as you have probably guessed, is pretty much the opposite of that-making sure equipment is collected upon the employee's departure, removing system access, cancelling passcards, etc. 

This is one small part of our role. My colleague and I have a divide and conquer arrangement. There are 3 different e-mailboxes that we manage. One of the business support mailbox (the one stop shop mailbox-if anyone has a question that they don't know the answer to, they send an email here. The careers mailbox (I manage this. This mailbox receives emails from applicants with questions or concerns). My colleague manages the referrals mailbox (if a CIBC employee refers someone to the bank and that person gets hired, the employee is eligible for a bonus between 500 and 5000 dollars). 

Other things that we do-I do the TA team's organizational charts and the talent acquisition partner listing (an up to date list of all the Talent Acquisition Partners, aka Recruiters, currently on the team). My colleague managers the Business Continuity Plan, which essentially is a plan that we have in place in case of an emergency. It ensures that all managers have the contact information of their employees, and it ensures that every employee is reachable so that they can be told where to go or where to meet if there is an emergency. 

We also work on various are probably working on 10 projects between us!

When I started this role, I came in as a temporary employee. My contract is technically up in mid August. But, a permanent position has now come up. Unfortunately, I am not 'guaranteed' the role. I still have to apply for it like everyone else. I still have to be interviewed (my interview is on Tuesday..) I can't imagine what kind of question I'll be asked that I don't know the answer to. It's pretty much impossible. 

One of the...unfortunate parts about this whole situation is this: if/when I get this role, I am now considered 'new' as it relates to our global hiring policy. That means that I'll have to be in this role for another year, minimum, before I can apply/look at other roles. But at the end of the day, I'll just be thankful to remain in HR. Nothing is guaranteed, so I have applied for a few other roles too...all of which are temporary...obviously a permanent role would be better as it would allow me to really feel comfortable. 

I'll let you know how my interview goes (lol) and what happens with the other roles I apply for. 


Sunday, March 5, 2017


This weekend was one that dreams are made of. I did pretty much nothing, unless you call a midday nap "something", as that is what I did on Saturday. But Greg's mom is in town as well, so basically what that means is homemade meal goodness all weekend!

On Sunday, Greg and I decided to be slightly less lazy and we went to Tre Mari bakery. A trip to Tre Mari almost never ends without a cappuccino and some sort of treat, so Greg got a cannoli and I got a zeppole. We ran a few other errands and came back home with bread and dessert for dinner.

As I mentioned in a previous post, this year has been a bit of a jerk to me. The cold/cough/sort throat garbage has been the worst. As of the last couple of days, my post nasal drip has been causing the most awful taste in my mouth and smell in my nose. Like just unbearable. I gargled some warm salt water and blew the fuck out of my nose until the awfulness came out. It's still there
slightly but that awful taste and smell has gone way done. In out travels today, we stopped by shoppers drugmart so I bought some Tylenol cold and flu. I just popped a couple of the night time pills-hopefully it helps. I'm at Greg's place or else if have blasted the fuck outta this shit with my netipot ad well.

Anyhow, me luck...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Feeling accomplished

Today was a busy one at work. I feel super happy to have the opportunity to work on and lead so many new and exciting projects.

Today I had a meeting with one of my co-workers to get her assistance on one of the projects I'm working on. In my department, we have a form very appropriately called the 'onboarding form'. This is a form that a hiring manager would fill out and send to me and my colleague when they have hired someone new that will be starting on their team soon. This also applies to individuals who are transferring into my department from another one as well as those returning from a leave.

Generally speaking, the purpose of this form is for the management team to inform us of the new hire's name, job title, and required equipment (laptop, headset, etc). Once we receive it, we will submit the appropriate requests to get the employee's email address activated, equipment ordered, etc. I have been tasked with re-working this form to make it easier to complete as well as ensure that all the details that we require are included in the form.

The reason I had a meeting with my coworker regarding this form is the fact that it is a 'very macro' form in Microsoft word. I haven't the foggiest idea how to work or edit macros. The reason it requires macros is so that managers cannot 'accidentally' delete fields or accidentally edit the form itself. So it's just a fillable form. I learned a lot today from my coworker Megan. She's really smart 😊

I'm also working on a project related to Skype. I am piloting video Skype with a few members of the team. In its current state, we can only video message other individuals within the organization. If all goes well, recruiters will be able to do video interviews with external candidates.

It's just such a far stretch from what I used to do. There was no opportunity to work on something like this that could potentially simplify the way we do things.

I'm really happy with where I am and what I'm doing, but I'm even more excited for what's to come in the future :-)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Release me

"it's really going around!!"

I've pretty much been sick non-stop since the new year! I've had strep throat twice and now I still have a sore throat with a constantly plugged up nose. My neti pot has definitely been working overtime!

Anyhow, work is going well. I've been really busy working on various projects but i haven't been happier work wise for a while. What's more is that I'm glad that I finally managed to get my foot in the door. My goal is to move over to another role very soon and continue advancing my career.

Anyhow, very quick update. I promise to blog more often :)
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