An insight into the life of a HR Generalist at RSM
September 2018 | 5 minutes | Career Blogs
Name: Jennifer Magill
Job Title: HR Generalist
Joining date: 2017
Summary of role
I work in the HR team at RSM Ireland supporting our 140 employees across 3 locations in Ireland. My role involves a wide range of HR activities – looking at both strategic HR projects and the day-to-day delivery of HR services to the business. I work with the HR team, COO and As a team we have worked on some very exciting projects this year, from developing and launching a career framework to implementing a HR System.
What’s been the highlight so far?
That no day is the same – which sometimes can be a challenge in itself – but it means that every day is interesting. Seeing the value placed on HR as a strategic function within the firm has also been a huge highlight for me. I have worked with partners on developing and implementing projects that will add value to the business which has been really rewarding.
What’s been your biggest challenge so far?
Adjusting to a generalist HR role with such a wide range of HR activities has been challenging, as I had previously been in more specialist HR roles. It has been a learning curve, but the experience and the learning opportunities I have been given have been invaluable.
What’s surprised you most about working at RSM?
Honestly, how quickly I got to know everyone! Coming from previously working in larger companies, I didn’t expect to know almost every person in the firm on a first name basis within my first few weeks. Everyone is really welcoming and approachable which helps you to settle in quickly. There are also lots of events and activities run by the Sports & Social committee throughout the year which helps wth getting to know people outside of your own team – from tag rugby, running club, yoga, pizza evenings, RSM world day, the Christmas party, there’s always something happening!
What’s next for you at RSM?
The next few months for me will be very graduate focused – from recruiting new graduates to start in 2019 to holding graduate induction for our new intake of graduates who are joining this autumn.
What’s your top tip for someone looking to apply to RSM?
For those wising to apply to our graduate programme, I would say make sure to give yourself plenty of time to work on your application and CV. With lectures, studying, part-time jobs, hobbies and everything in between it can be hard to find the time, so give yourself the best chance by starting your application early. Highlight any achievements or awards to make your application stand out. Once you have worked on your CV and application, it is a good idea to ask a friend, sibling or parent to proof read them for any spelling or grammar mistakes.
For your interview, I would say be yourself but be prepared! Prepare answers for the standard competency-based questions that will likely be asked, know your CV inside out and make sure to do some research on RSM and the service line you are interested in joining. And finally, have some questions to ask your interviewers.
Remember, we are not just looking for good academics, we are looking for passionate individuals who will bring new ways of thinking and the confidence to challenge ideas so do make sure your personality comes across in your application and at interview.
Taking part in mock interviews can also be a huge help in calming nerves and becoming more comfortable with the interview setting – particularly when this may be one of your first interviews. We offer mock interviews in the RSM office in Ranelagh where our managers will help you to prepare. You can contact our graduate recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your mock interview.
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