HR Maverick

Melinda Anderson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, MBA

Melinda is a senior-level people partner and business leader that is passionate about a positive employee experience, healthy company culture and driving DEI. Melinda serves as a positive change ambassador and the first thing you’ll notice about her is her true passion for HR. Helping people and improving workplaces are Melinda’s purposes in life, in addition to loving every dog possible!

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?

What I wish I knew when I graduated with my BBA in HR and was just getting started in the “real world:” sign up for SHRM and your local HR Associations and keep abreast of the trending topics. LinkedIn is a great resource to expand your network, learn from each other and share job opportunities. It is difficult to get started in HR, but don’t give up!


Perhaps you’ve had this happen to you: a candidate spends many hours convincing you that they are dependable, reliable, and exactly what you are looking for, and then leaves you and your organization high and dry when you offer them the position. This is reneging, and we must understand why it happens in order to prevent it and respond appropriately.

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