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Present Career, Career Interest And The Importance Of A College Education

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Autor:  anton  01 December 2010
Tags:  Present,  Career,  Career,  Interest,  Importance,  College
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Abstract

The author is a 35 years-old, single, African American female. She is currently employed as a Senior Finance/Accountant Recruiter for Manpower Professional. She states her difficulties with communicating with top executives when submitting her candidates to clients, whether verbal or written. Her goal is to become a human resources manager one-day. She is aware of the educational background and knowledge required for this type of position. The author has enrolled at the University of Phoenix and is pursing her business management degree so that she can gain knowledge to assist her with communicating and to be better prepared for a position as a human resources manager. The value of a college education is very important to the author and she knows this will open better opportunities for her. This piece of paper is something she will be proud of personally and no one can take her degree away.

Living life as a Recruiter

The author is presently employed as a Senior Finance/Accounting Recruiter with Manpower Professional. On a daily basis as a recruiter, she communicates with many people both verbal and written. Recruiters not only communicate with people searching for employment, but also their clients who range from management to top executives. Her clients are usually searching for top notch professionals to add to their growing organization. The recruiter is responsible

for finding candidates that will be a good fit for the client or the client may decide not use her services again. Plus, clients generally are paying a staffing fee ($15k - $25k or more) to hire a candidate that the company seeks stated by one talent scout (Scout, 2005). Once she gains knowledge of the company, she begins to search for degreed professionals for her clients openings. Qualifying a candidate consists of matching skills sets to what the client is requesting such as a specific degree, career experience, and technical knowledge. Once the candidate is qualified, the author contacts past employers attempting to check references. Three good references are usually all that is needed to qualify her candidate. She has one final step and the candidate will be set to be presented to the client.

Recruiters in a specific vertical must have industry knowledge in that vertical. In the author's field, knowledge of what the going rate for a CPA is imperative. Stating a pay rate outside of what the economy is paying may cause her to damage her relationship with a client she writes. Since the fall of Enron, most companies require employees to possess Sarbanes Oxley knowledge. As stated in the Webopedia (2006), President Bush signed into law the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) on July 30, 2002 due to the Enron scandal. The Act is designed to oversee the financial reporting landscape for finance professionals. Having this knowledge sets accountants aside from other degreed accountants without the knowledge (Webopedia, 2006). This knowledge allows an accountant to request little more money than other accountant without the background. Some companies will contact an agency and inquire about pay rates for these degreed accountants or CPA's. Knowing the industry is the responsibility of the recruiter. Once the author comes to an agreed pay rate for the candidate, she is now ready to present this candidate to her client. All information obtained is presented to the client via email.

When submitting a candidate to a high top executive the author states she is sometimes a little nervous. She must ensure when submitting candidates, she is using correct word usage, grammar, complete sentences, and correct spelling. She must also ensure she is presenting the information correctly as she is representing herself, the candidate and the company. Sometimes the author may be contacted via phone by the executive and asked to discuss more qualifications the candidate possesses via telephone. Holding a professional conversation with her clients is vital states the author. A recuiter must ensure the client has confidence in their ability to locate qualified candidates for the clients organization. The author states at times this is a little intimidating to her, as she is not abreast on language using elaborate words. This final step is the main cause of the authors persistence in gaining a college education and knowledge to guide her through her career. She states, she wants to feel comfortable and more at ease when speaking to these top executives and confident that her writing skills are up to par.

My future as a human resources Manager

Managing people is a pertinent skill for a human resources manager to possess in any type of industry. Human resources managers not only have to manage their team, but also other employees that do not necessarily report to them. They sometimes have to manage and reprimand line level managers. Company executives rely heavily on recommendations from human resources managers. Human resources managers assure compliance with federal, state and local regulations concerning equal opportunity practices and employee safety regulations, and settle grievances of employees within the company. The duty of a human resources manager is to keep the employer in compliance and abreast of all laws concerning employees.

Being employed as a human resources manager at a small company requires knowledge in areas of compensation, benefits, employment, safety, and compliance laws, to name a few. Being knowledgeable in these types of of laws is vital to a human resources manager, simple mistakes can cause a enormous

effect to the employer. Human resources managers in a small company must be flexible to jump around in different areas and give their expert advice to department managers. On the, other hand, a human resources manager working in a larger company may only be assigned to a specific area in human resources. A benefits manager is skilled in such laws as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA, Title II) which requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health plans, and employers as stated by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (12, 2005)

Human resources managers put in a great deal of hours handling employee conflicts, terminating employees, and strategic support for the company. They sometimes have to contact family members if an employee is injured or dies on-the-job. Working as human resources manager also has its happy endings. Watching and employee grow in the company because the human resources manager placed them in a job that an employee loves and thrives in is always a reward.

Why is it important to receive a college education?

Having a college education can take any person to levels a high school diploma cannot. As reported by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, college graduates took home an average of $45,678 per year as compared to the $24,572 average salary of those who only completed high school (2002). Over a lifetime, a college graduate will earn nearly $600,000 more than someone with only a high school diploma (2002). Earnings of human resource managers vary by job function, level of education, length of experience, and type of employer. Those who have international responsibility have significantly higher salaries. Nationally, recent college graduates with bachelor's degrees in human resources and labor relations were offered beginning annual salaries ranging from $29,400 to $40,506 in late 2000. These graduates received first-time employment offers averaging $34,234 annually as stated by Occupational Outlook Handbook (2002).

Having a college education is vital in the world today. Most fortune 500 companies require college degree as a prerequisite for company openings and/or promotions. These companies feel that knowledge gained in college will assist with critical thinking and making ethical decisions that may cost the employee his or her career and the company a great deal of money. College not only prepares an individual for the corporate world; a college education prepares that individual for life. Having a college education is also important if an individual plans to starting his or her own business. Some people desire to work independently; they want to be the boss. Starting a business is not difficult but that business above water, takes proper planning and requires a great deal of business knowledge. You do not want to have someone walk in and take advantage of something you created. Knowledge is the key.

Not having a college education can also cause discrimination towards certain people. Unfortunately, we still live in a world with racisms. The author states "We as African Americans should not give corporate America any reason for not hiring us". Not having a college education gives corporate America just another excuse to not hiring or promoting African Americans. Receiving an education today is much easier now than it was in the past. Most employers currently offer tuition reimbursement, there are scholarships waiting to be obtained and many agencies are willing to hand you a loan for college tuition. There is truly no excuse, but to do it. Having a college education is a huge investment that can not be taking away. The author states her personal reason for receiving a college education is for that career interest, but mostly because she wants to receive a college education for self-confidence.

Conclusion

People will change careers many times during the course of their life, mostly due to the lack of a college education and not having current technical skills needed in today growing industries. Usually some people may stay in a career that is not fulfilling because they are not educated enough to gain employment elsewhere. A college education is all that is needed to make that change in a person's life. Having a college education is valuable; a person enhances his or her chances for a career change or that overdue promotion with that piece of paper. Having a college education is an immense investment; it can ultimately assist you with providing a better quality of life for you and your family. As stated in this paper, there is truly no excuse for not obtaining a college education with all the tools to assist with financial aid. It is the decision of that individual person to take the initiative to and take control of his or her life. Taking that fist step towards a better future is not as hard as most think, once you get started, you will not want to turn back. The author states how she is now employed as a Senior Recruiter, but ultimately one day will reach her goal and become a human resources Manager for a small or large corporation. She also states she is now on tract to obtain a college education and the title of human resources manager. If it takes her the rest of her life, she will not give up on her goal to receive her degree.

References

(2002, July 30). Retrieved January 13, 2006, from http://webopedia.com/Terms/S/Sarbanes_Oxley.html

(2005, December 14). Retrieved January 14, 2006, from http://cms.hh.gov/HIPPAGenInfo/01_Overview.asp#TopofPage

(2002, February). Occupational Outlook Handbook, Michigan Occupational Information System, and Delta College Catalog, http://delta.edu/jobplace/CareerProfiles/humanresources profile.html

Scout, T. (2005). Value in working with a recruiter. ITtoolbox Blogs, Retrieved Jan 19, 2006, from http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/pm/recruiter2/archives/005421.asp.



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