Over the last three weeks, I have been working with the Talent Acquisition Division. This division works alongside other agencies within the state and provides recruitment support to their HR directors, generalists, and hiring managers. I had numerous projects while with Talent Acquisition which were very broad in nature, and provided me with great exposure. My projects included: researching and developing an unpaid internship program for the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy (HYCA) Cadet Counselors position; researching rater-errors for hiring managers to ensure they are choosing the best candidates during their selection process; updating the TEAM (Tips on Employment Application Maintenance) online video and script to assist applicants during their application process; and performing verification on potential new hires. I also had the opportunity to job shadow with the Employee Relations Division within the State Personnel Department (SPD).
I had a variety of projects during this rotation and I loved it! I was busy the entire time and gained a lot of great insight to what Talent Acquisition does on a day-to-day and weekly basis. I learned a lot from these projects, such as how to do research for job postings with universities and communicating with a variety of people when designing the internship program for HYCA, which developed my written and verbal communication skills. I learned how to perform the employment and professional reference verification for a potential new hire.
One aspect of these projects in particular that was very interesting to me and will be very beneficial to me with my future as an HR professional was having the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the applicant selection process. I was involved all the way from the start including sitting in on the interview, the discussion among the recruitment specialists about the different applicants, all the way to performing the work, professional, and education verification on the applicant we were interested in extending an offer to. The Talent Acquisition team for the State of Indiana does a excellent job at being thorough during this process to ensure they are hiring the right candidate! It has been a fun learning experience to see how much time and thought goes into finding the perfect candidate for a position.
I also had the opportunity to spend time with the Employee Relations division. During this time I was able to shadow and see what goes on during the day as well as sit and discuss the ins and outs with the professionals of Employee Relations division. During this job shadow I learned what this division handles, such as situations related to family medical leave (FML), performance evaluations, employee investigations, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Affirmative Action, discrimination claims, and acting as the liaison for the employees and state agencies. Everyday in this division is different and because the state has 28,000+ employees, there are a wide range of issues that can occur. To put it into perspective for me, they provided me with examples of topics that have come up recently, and the actions they have taken to find a solution. The amount of work they do and range of situations they are able to handle is impressive. This division is so interesting to me because it is different every day, but also requires a lot of customer service and research to help those who are in need of a solution to their problem.
Although I loved the time I spent working alongside the Talent Acquisition Division, I am excited to return to the Department of Education (DOE) to continue working on the projects I started in my previous weeks, and learn about the new assignments they need me to tackle.