The HR Mentor

The HR Mentor

This is the podcast for emerging HR professionals to get practical advice, tools and strategies to build their credibility, confidence and ultimately a fulfilling HR career!


November 26, 2023 14 mins

If you are about to graduate from an HR program or you are a recent HR grad who is struggling with finding that first HR role, this episode is going to save you a ton of money and time. That’s right, money and time - something I am sure you value immensely right now. How am I going to do that? Well, I am going to be the friend you didn’t know you needed and I’m going to stop you from signing up for that certification program you ar...

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In this episode, I am talking about something that I don’t see talked about enough: the uncertainty and anxiety that naturally comes with graduating from University or College. While it is a natural and normal experience, the fear and trepidation that comes with graduation can have negative impacts on students and it can impede their ability to move forward. This episode covers four actions or tips soon-to-graduate students can use...

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In this milestone 80th episode, I am thrilled to have my friend and colleague Joel Peterson on the show. Today, Joel shares all his advice and guidance on how job seekers can make the most of LinkedIn. He explains how to optimize your LinkedIn profile and shares the insight scoop on how recruiters are viewing your profile. If you are in a job search or using LinkedIn to network you don't want to miss this conversation!

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September 23, 2023 21 mins

It seems that over the last few months, it's impossible to talk about or read about the world of work without hearing about AI and its impact. And while it is having a major impact, using technology in the workplace, even disruptive technology like natural language processing tools, is not new. That said, it has a lot of workers, including HR professionals, worried that they may become obsolete and replaced by cute robots.

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As the lazy days of summer wind down, many of us turn our minds to the second New Year of the year - September 1st! There is the anticipation of new classes and the start of welcoming events at the University, and from the career perspective, people start to think about what’s next for them. Most people don’t feel like job hunting or switching roles in the middle of the summer holidays and are embracing whatever fun activities they...

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Today we're talking about something that’s been close to my heart for a long while now, but it has become more prevalent to me in the last few months. It also relates to Episode 76: The Benefits of Seeking Help with Your HR Career. It’s all about how you, dear emerging HR professional, can better position yourself to get that reference or assistance you need from experienced professionals, mentors, friends and family. If you follow...

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There's a certain self-reliance that's admired in our North American culture. It's understandable. After all, who doesn't love a good story about self-made success? But let’s be honest. No one truly goes it alone. Behind every success story, there's a network of supporters, mentors, teachers, or coaches who played a part. And it is no different if you are pursuing an HR career. Seeking help is not only a strength, it’s a smart care...

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In this episode, we are diving into what I believe is an often overlooked part of your job search—identifying your ideal work environment. I know when you are looking for work or a new career opportunity, you are more focused on whether or not you have what the employer wants, especially early on in your career. But if you are going to be successful, it is also important to consider what works for you. 

In this episode, I discuss w...

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In this episode, I am going to talk about the most thrilling part of your HR job search. It’s the moment you have all been waiting for, hoping for, dreaming about, but also kind of dreading. It’s your job offer. This moment can be as exciting as it is nerve-wracking, and even though every job seeker wants one, it can be stressful to receive because now you have to make a decision. 

Should you accept the offer you were given? Should...

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Sukhpal Kaur or Sukhii as her colleagues and friends know her is an HR Coordinator at Great Canadian Entertainment at the Chances Casino Dawson Creek. Prior to moving to Dawson Creek, Sukhii attended Thompson Rivers University joining the university in 2018 as an International Student. As she describes it she has been on a beautiful journey since then making the transition from International HR Student to HR professional and perman...

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Most people would prefer to avoid office politics, especially early in their career. Unfortunately, they are an inevitable part of working in organizations. It doesn’t mean you will always experience it first hand, but learning how to navigate messy situations in the office when you are getting started in an HR career can be very helpful to your career trajectory.

In this episode, I share strategies to help you navigate and mitigat...

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You know, there are a lot of reasons to love working in HR. It is interesting and there is a lot of variety. Truly no two days look alike. You also have the opportunity to influence and connect with people, which is something I wanted in a career. But a career in HR is not without its challenges; one of them is that it can be quite stressful. But you don’t have to let the stress get to you.

In this episode, I share six strategies t...

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May 5, 2023 30 mins

In this episode, I am demystifying another HR buzzword making the rounds - quiet hiring! I’ll talk about what quiet hiring is (don’t worry, you won’t need to whisper at work) and why it is helpful to employers. I also share the downsides of this freshly named but tried and true talent management practice and how you, as an employee, can protect yourself and take advantage of a great opportunity.

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A lot of us are uncomfortable with self-promotion. But when you are engaged in a job search or you are seeking opportunities to advance your career, modesty is not your best strategy!

If you want to get noticed as a job candidate and rise to the top during the selection process, being comfortable expressing your value is critical. Knowing your strengths and what you offer a potential employer in a specific role is the key to this.


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Most employers and HR professionals don’t want to think about their employees leaving the organization, especially in this labour market. But when you think about it logically, if new employees join, it usually means someone is also going.

The reality is people leave and join organizations all the time. This means we can expect more than a few farewells throughout our careers. What you may not know is that how you exit an organizat...

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If you are a student, studying HR or any other subject, this episode is for you! I had the pleasure of sitting down with two of my students to talk about their involvement with our TRU Human Resource Management Student Club. They shared how they became involved with the club, what has kept them engaged and taking on leadership roles and what the career benefits joining a student club can offer you.

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The resume…love it or hate it, when you start a job search, you need one. Often students and new grads ask me to look at theirs and what I usually see is that they have left off some really important information that could help them get an invitation to an interview.

In this episode, I summarize three pieces of information you might leave off your resume and how and where to include them. I also give you some examples of phrases an...

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February 24, 2023 7 mins

Today marks a very sombre anniversary - 365 days since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. 

In recognition of the lives lost and the continued threat to Ukraine and Ukrainians, we will not have an episode of the HR mentor this week. Instead, I will share some brief thoughts on the last 365 days and encourage you to take some time to reflect and find a way that you can support Ukraine today and in the days to come.

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When most people think of job search strategies, they think of preparing a perfect resume and cover letter or prepping for tough interview questions. Both of which are important. But rarely do job seekers wonder if their state of mind is ready to support them in the process ahead.

Job seeking is a process riddled with emotions, hurdles and disappointments. Yes, when you get the role you were after, there is a lot of elation and lik...

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January 26, 2023 28 mins

What better way to kick off the year (and a new season of the podcast!) than talk about what will be important for HR teams in the year to come?

To be honest, I am not seeing a lot of changes in the 2023 landscape in terms of the focus of the HR function, at least in North America. We seem to be in the endemic mode of the pandemic, and that, of course, has opened up the world for more travel and access, but we are still facing man...

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