Aloha! I hope you all had a fantastic week. I’ve been on a much needed vacation and am still trying to adjust to the time difference. No, I didn’t go to some fancy place like Italy or Paris, just southern California. And just when you get used to being on the West Coast with their time difference and fast pace, it’s time to return to the Midwest and try to recover.
It was so much fun. No dogs to tend to, no responsibilities, someone to cook for me and mainly staying poolside. Oh, and eating! We can’t leave that out.
Back to Reality
Anywho, today I want to mention a fellow Chicagoan, Blogger and HR Practictioner, Barb Buckner.
Somewhere along The Twitter Barb and I connected some time ago and have tried to remain engaged. I wanted to highlight her over here on the Cafe on my Follow Friday series and perhaps one day we’ll be able to get her in on a video interview, but this will have to suffice for now.
Sometimes, in our journey we start at point A and wind up at point B without it ever being in our original plan. I know several of my HR friends who never meant to wind up in this field but through some sort of craziness, wound up there nevertheless. It’s called evolving. Hopefully, we all are continuing to evolve.
That’s Barb’s story. When she started her career in sales she never thought she would end up focusing on human resources. She always had a knack for listening and motivating even the most stubborn of people but it wasn’t until she helped start a company after a layoff that she felt she finally found her way.
Barb is a seasoned HR professional with over 13 years of experience across a wide variety of industries including: banking, retail, pharmaceuticals, professional services and real estate. Her main strengths and focus have been on recruiting and employee relations with a specialized approach to both. Her in-depth experience recruiting as a HR Manager and as an Agency Recruiter have provided her with a unique insight into how sourcing occurs on both sides of the table.
She’s worked with start-ups, family-owned businesses, small businesses and nationwide corporations which have all been a part journey in providing her with the experience and expertise in which to help her share ideas and strategies with colleagues and job seekers looking to break into the HR arena.
Where to Find Her
She is currently HR Manager for Crowley’s Yacht Yard Lakeside, Chicago’s second largest marine retailer and writes on a majority of HR subjects over at ChicaogHRCoach. She is @barbbuckner over on The Twitter and you can find her over on LinkedIn as well.
Off the HR subject, she is passionate about PAWS Chicago.
Do yourself a favor, and connect with Barb. She’s sure to keep you fully engaged.
Hey, and have a super fun Memorial Day Weekend!