Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Very early in life, I realized I didn't know what I wanted to do for a living.
I went to college, then after that, I went to Cosmetology school and was still career challenged.
I held several jobs in the beauty industry moving back and forth across the country. I was unhappy.
Until I landed in Chicago. It was there that I took control of my future and quit a job I hated.
Got down to my last $300 and landed a job in an HR department for a retail company. I finally knew.
Years later I relocated to CA working at Carl's Jr and Blockbuster (may they rest in peace) HR.
Then I got a call from a Taco Bell recruiter. I told her I would never work in fast food again. Ever!
11 years later, I'm still here and I love to Live Mas!
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Career

Director, Field Human Resources

I lead the Field HR Team supporting Restaurant Operations.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Food
Business
Working with Others

Day to Day

A great day in Taco Bell Field HR is visiting restaurants and meeting all types of different people. Having the opportunity to help someone understand how to be a better leader, what they need to do to grow their career or simply just listen to their hopes and dreams makes for a worthwhile day. I also spend time with my Team coaching and building their know-how helping them be better leaders themselves.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Learning the basic foundation of HR practices was critical to my career growth, however, learning to apply it in real life situations took many years to master. The only way to be really great at something is to be continuously challenged in situations that allow you to experience different things in order to learn from them. And when you work every day with so many people you have to know how to have the greatest impact on them in a short period of time.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Learning the basic principles and practices of HR sets a good foundation. Then find an internship or entry level job to practice HR theory applying it to real life situations. Text book HR is a great starting point, however to grow into a higher level career status, you also have to understand how to be a strategic business partner and have overall great business acumen.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I don't know anything about HR so why would anyone hire me to do that type of work? I'm scared to death to fail so I don't know if I want to do this."