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HR Manager & Director of Civil Service
What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)?
Sacker/stocker at Kroger
What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in?
Undergrad: University of Houston Clear Lake – Management-HR / Grad: Currently enrolled in the Bush School of Public Service at Texas A & M University
What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today?
So many…labor relations, compensation systems, intro to management, adolescent psych (I was once an early childhood education major)
What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?
The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle. Reading it for the second time with some colleagues and highly recommend it. Also reading Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making recommend for anyone interested in or impacted by public policy…so everyone.
What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared?
Be open to unexpected opportunities. Be respectfully persistent.
What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position).
Be unprepared. If you can’t tell me something about the team you want to work for, I’m not sure you are a fit for my team. If you don’t have any questions in an interview, I’m not sure you are a fit for my team.
Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?
In my experience, local government offers the best combination of rewarding and challenging work, rich and unique benefits, and the ability to enjoy life outside of work.
Do you have a work or life motto? What is it?
Help people. Solve Problems.