Promotion to HR Generalist

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AnonymousHR in Elmsford, New York

42 months ago

Hi! I'm here searching for some advice. In August, I will have completed 4 years as an HR Coordinator (non-exempt). My first year, I did not fully achieve expectations in my performance review; the past 2 years, I have exceeded expectations. I feel that I am on my way to a third year of exceedingly good performance. I recently inquired about promotional opportunity, seeing as other peers who have graduated in my graduating class (May, 2007) have already been promoted into Generalist or Specialist roles. She mentioned that a junior Generalist role may be appropriate. I felt slighted. I would like to be a Generalist. I work 60+ hours per week and manage an intense workload. I have a very strong reputation when it comes to performance.

Do you think my sentiment is appropriate?

I would consider other opportunities, but I truly enjoy my job and am very comfortable where I am at. I do not consider myself ready to make a move at the moment. However, I consider myself to be a high potential person, and I care very much about my reputation. Remaining in a coordinator level role for 5 years is not a positive indication of someone with high potential.

Just looking for some feedback here. Much appreciated.

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marcathompsonphr in Harleysville, Pennsylvania

41 months ago

Dear Anonymous HR,

Dear Anonymous HR,

I have been unemployed / underemployed for the better part of the last 2 years, and have been actively applying for HR positions around Philadelphia, PA. I would caution you to have a definite opportunity lined up before bailing out of your current position. There's a lot of competition out there.

As for your current job: I would suggest that you make yourself more valuable by devoting a certain amount of your time in professional development. You may want to focus your development in both areas that you are currently working, as well as in areas that you have not had experience but have an interest in learning. You may also want to talk with your supervisor about areas that she would suggest learning, and while you're at it ask if your employer offers any type of tuition reimbursement for Job-related courses that you may take. Also one final thought on development: You could consider a professional certification (i.e. PHR from the Human Resource Certification Institute www.hrci.org/HRCertification/) to potentially increase your worth to your current employer, as well as to improve your marketability if you do decide to "jump out of the plane".

Good luck!

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