There are a lot of looks at the world from the top, but not too many from the bottom. Enter The HR Intern, also known as Mike Kohn (and yes, that’s me in that picture on the left). I’m the most junior member of the HR team at SmithGroup, a national architecture and engineering firm. I embody Gen Y in my desire to be involved in everything and anything at all times. I do my best to play some kind of role in the exciting things that go on. When I’m between projects, I try and find one that I can get myself involved in, even if a lot of what I find ends up going nowhere. Ah the life of the recent college graduate.
Despite my excessive sarcasm (expect more of that on here), I will admit that I sincerely love what I do. When people ask me how I spend my days, my first response is, “I get to talk to people all day” because that’s what I find HR to be – finding out people’s stories, figuring out how they fit into the workplace environment and making sure the office supports everyone at the same time. Sure there are the less fun aspects (you’d laugh if I told you how many resumes I respond to daily), but you get something less than exciting everywhere – at least working in HR, no day has been repeated since I started.
And over the past few years, I’ve morphed into a hybrid HR and social media guy. While my primary responsibility continues to be in HR, I work with others to craft a corporate strategy for branding ourselves in new media and connecting with others for the sake of recruiting, marketing, business development and public relations – among other things. The life of a social media user is a lot like HR – there’s a lot of time spent talking with people and finding out their stories with the intent of figuring out how to connect in person. It’s been a fantastic way of meeting people in my industry and beyond that I never would have found without these news tools.
One last word before I go. As an HR and social media guy at my firm, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that everything I say here is my own opinion and has nothing to do with anything my company says, so rest assured, everything here is my own!