Human Resource Manager (Former Employee) – Manila, Philippines – 12 June 2014
Hired as the company's first Training Manager for all brands (2 years), this was my baptism into sales and heavy people management. When I was moved (later transfer) to be the company's first HR Manager after 2 years, I was tasked to handle not just the sales team but the entire company as well, with specific tasks as enumerated in my CV. The company was ballooning and the company needed someone to head recruitment, etc. to ensure all necessary posts will be occupied in due time.
Being "first" has its perks. I can recommend policies to management. There is nothing to look back on, as we would be setting new plans. Creativity is without boundaries! One's imagination is put to the test all the time without being compared to something that has been implemented before. On the downside, that could also mean doing almost everything from scratch, having no basis at all, to move the company forward. Being in a company that grew to medium-sized from a slim headcount of 30, entails multi-tasking, re-organization, thinking out of the box -- where I learned a lot from my successes and mistakes and continue to do so, from each encounter with people and situations. For 8 years as HR Manager, I worked as a generalist without regular assistance from any team mate. It helped me to be self-reliant but also honest, honest enough to tell my bosses if I need help for certain things without affecting budgets. The culture we had masked the stress because I was doing something I was good at -- managing people who thrive at handling the most luxurious, prestigious names in the beauty industry!more... There was always something new to learn, to appreciate with the launch of new collections, scents, or partnerships with various designers, etc.less