Monday, August 24, 2015

Brad the Intern's Farewell

Hello Everyone,

This will be my last blog entry…I know I’m sad too.  I have had a wonderful summer working here and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who takes the time to read my posts.
Thank you to the agencies that hosted me: Patrick and Karen with IN State Dept of Health; Casey, Nicole and Ken at Dept of Corrections (Pendleton); Jess and Stephen from Dept of Corrections (Central Office); Aiesha, Dan, Jennifer and Rachel from Dept of Child Services; Maria from IN Dept of Homeland Security; and Eric, Melissa, Ryan, Rick and Angela from IN Dept of Transportation.  
A special thank you to the Talent Acquisition Team. 

Jerry: I never told you, but the best part of my internship was coming in on Monday mornings and reading the Weekly Jot from Jerry. It was also nice to be greeted by name every morning. As an intern I didn’t expect it, but it was nice. 

Caitlin and Jeremy: When we were setting up and working at the Employment Opportunity Fair at the Indiana Black Expo, I had a great time and you guys were hilarious, really friendly and super helpful. 

Adam, Bailey, Chanel and Lindsey: I only worked with you guys on a few things, but when Dawn wasn’t available, you guys were always able to answer my questions and you were always really friendly. 

Dawn: I want to thank you for putting up with me this summer.  I was a little rough when I first got here (remember that IBE email that took 15 drafts).  You have always been there to answer my questions and have made me into a much better HR professional. 

It was great working with the Indiana State Personnel Dept, I met some many amazing and knowledgeable HR professionals!

Until next time,

Brad the Intern

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Brad the Intern: Talent Acquisition & Dept of Transportation!

Hello Readers,
I am finishing up my last rotation here at the State of Indiana.  It has been a nice last couple weeks.  I have been wrapping up several unfinished projects and getting them ready to be handed off to the next intern.  I also snuck in a week at the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). 

While at INDOT, I assisted in writing a formal standard operating procedure (SOP) for what to do when separating with an employee.  This required a fair amount of research into Indiana’s laws, rules, policies, etc as they related to employee terminations and retirements.  A couple other projects that I worked on involved making screening sets very similar to the ones I made for The Department of Homeland Security and taking the very beginning steps of forming a job description library. 

Then I came back to Talent Acquisition for my final lap.  This week I finished up the offer letters and got them loaded into PeopleSoft.  I also spent a little bit of time working on writing my final two blog posts. And for the first time, I was able to sit in on some interviews.  All in all, I have had a great week.

Stay tuned for my farewell blog post in which I will give out some special thanks. 

Until next time,
Brad the Intern    

Monday, August 10, 2015

Brad the Intern: Dept of Child Services & Homeland Security!

Hello fans, loyal readers, and first time visitors,

I have been all over the place these past couple weeks.  My rotations have taken me on visits with the Department of Child Services and the Department of Homeland Security. I worked on several projects for each agency and was able to meet some impressive people.

At the Department of Child Services (DCS), I was tasked with developing forms to assist with tracking several employee management processes.  I designed one form to assist supervisors, employees, and HR staff with processing an employee that is intending to retire or otherwise leave.  The project required me to do a sizable amount of research into the processes that have been utilized previously at DCS.  Similarly, I created two documents to use when bringing on new employees.  One is a general form that could be used for any position and the other is a form designed to accommodate the more in depth process of hiring a Family Case Manager.  In addition to creating forms, I also assisted with an I-9 and personnel file audit, and created several new employee files. 
The week after that I moved on to the Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), where I worked primarily on two projects.  The first project involved overhauling old pre-screen question sets.  I had to look at the old screening sets and compare them to the job descriptions of several positions to determine and correct any deficiencies that may have existed.  The other project was creating a universal job description bank, so to speak, for every position at IDHS.  I looked through and ensured that all the positions were labeled with their appropriate pay classifications.  I then took all of the job descriptions that I could find and converted them to PDF files and, subsequently, hyperlinked them to the excel spreadsheet that is to serve as the Master Job Description Bank, for Indiana Dept of Homeland Security. 

In other news, the end is near my friends…I will likely be posting two more blogs: one detailing my exhilarating stint at the Indiana Department of Transportation and my last pass with Talent Acquisition, then a thank you and overview of my time here as Brad the Intern. 

Until then,

Brad the Intern​

Check me out below, second to the right of the Governor, after attending his speaker's series:

Gov Group 2015