Cynthia Ott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP has 15+ years of HR experience working within a variety of industries, including international, domestic, and multi-site management. As an HR subject-matter expert, her expertise is in both operational and strategic HR practices. She establishes and develops HR teams and infrastructure for companies to enhance operational performance, reduce cost, increase profitability, and support strategic direction. In her free time, she serves as an active member of several HR and leadership organizations and participates in philanthropic activities.
What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?
Become a vessel of knowledge! Learn from those around you and take on projects. There are so many areas of HR and getting exposed to each of them will guide you as you progress in your career. I’d also recommend that you surround yourself with people who also love HR. Those who don’t love HR but are in HR aren’t the best motivators or mentors when starting out.