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The HR Den is platform offering career advice and guidance to women of color who are soon-to-be college graduates or college alumni who are LOST and are having a difficult time figuring out where to start in their careers with a social science or humanities degree. Figuring out what to do with your life is never easy and can cause major stress! Trust... we know the feeling. The HR Den is an open space for answers to questions and concerns you have, and serves as a space to connect with other women dealing with the same issues.

17 Insightful Interviewing Questions That Will Be Sure To Impress!

Tiffany Drysdale

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So you finally got through the interogation on behalf of the recruiter that seemed like it would never end. PHEW! 

Aight, so now it's your turn. When a recruiter gives you the floor to ask them questions, you better take that opportunity and don't f*ck it up (sorry, not sorry!) *KanyeShrug 

I'm serious. I've seen it way too often when a candidate is asked "Do you have any questions for me?" and they respond with the most annoyingly enthusiastic "NO!" Like are you serious? 

I got 17 amazing interviewing questions for you that I want you to always reference before going on an interview. Now, the point isn't to ask ALL 17 questions. Asking 2-3 questions will suffice. However, I wanted to give you enough options so you have a plethora to choose from. Thank me later =) 

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Editor's Letter: 3 Things Rejection Taught Me

Tiffany Drysdale

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One thing my mother always told me was that we should always anticipate hearing the word "No" the very same way that we expect to hear the word "Yes". This allowed for me to learn how to cope with rejection and not beat myself up too much.

Rejection isn't pretty. Whether it be from a much-coveted job opportunity, admission into a potential life-changing university or even a relationship; rejection can pull us into a really deep sunken place, a place that you might never want to revisit EVER. 

However, rejection can really teach you some valuable life lessons and I wanted to share them with you this month! 

1) It's time for self-analysis
We have to remember that everything happens for a reason and at the right time. Maybe you weren't selected for that job because, in fact, you aren't as strong enough in a particular skill-set just yet. Or maybe you got denied for an academic program because your grades just weren't good enough. Rejection can sometimes teach us a lot about ourselves and allow us to do some self-reflection. So instead of being down, take rejection as an opportunity to learn how you can become a better version of you 

2) It isn't necessarily a reflection of you
Rejection can also just be due to circumstances. Just because you didn't get the job doesn't mean that you weren't a good fit. Rejection can be circumstantial.  I remember going through a marathon interview back in 2016 and interviewing with 6 senior level executives all in one day for a role that I thought I really wanted at the time. I knew I killed it in the interviews and really thought that I definitely got the job. One week later after sending all six individuals custom thank you emails and doing all the right things, I got a call just to tell me that I wasn't being selected for the role. The company decided to move along with an internal applicant. They tried to stroke my ego and tell me how wonderful I was (when quite frankly I could care less hearing that- I know how good I am lol). However, as much as I wanted to cry, I stopped myself and remembered that this rejection wasn't indicative of my capabilities. It was merely circumstantial. 

3) A closed door opens new opportunities
With rejection, we never know what new opportunities might be on the horizon. We often perceive an unfortunate situation as a negative one when it might, in fact, be a path into a new direction. When I was faced with rejection from the coveted prospective job opportunity back in 2016, I had to wait for about 4-5 more months before an even better opportunity came into my life. I never want to get too spiritual but I truly do believe that everything happens for a reason. We might not understand it right now, in 3 months or even a year from now. But one day it will all come full circle and shit will all make sense. Trust me. I'm living proof and have witnessed this myself. 
 

What are mentors really for?

Tiffany Drysdale

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If you know anything about me, I'm an avid listener of the Mylik Teele podcast cause she honestly speaks the TRUTH. If you haven't already heard, there's tons of talk about hopping on the bandwagon and getting a mentor. One topic that she seems to often make mention of is the value and purpose of a mentor. In her last maternity leave podcast, she states that we often have the perception of the role of a mentor all wrong. 

The definition of a mentor is as follows: "an experienced and trusted adviser." The key word is ADVISOR. A mentor is meant to serve as one who offers you the necessary advice and tips with whatever it is that you may be going through at a certain point in your life because they have been there and done that!

Is a mentor meant to hold our hands and spoon feed us every bit of information to success? NO! 

We're all going to have to go through life on our own accord and face our own realities, trials, and tribulations. Mentors aren't in the form of a fairy godmother who's going to save us and prevent us from dealing with life's harsh realities; so get that notion out of your head. 

Your mentor is meant to be your own personal advisory board that you go to for advice and input on what the best course of action might be in a given situation. And hey, you might have multiple mentors for different reasons as well so keep that in mind. He or she might be right in front of you and you might not even know it. 

Who are your mentors? 

 

 

 

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6 FREE Career Quizzes That Will Get Your Wheels Turning

Tiffany Drysdale

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I don't know about you, but I love me some personality quizzes. What's so fun about them is that they speak to YOU specifically and sometimes there are some real truths behind the results. 

I remember taking multiple career quizzes in high school and in college and the general consensus from each one was that I was destined for a people-focused career. Did I necessarily end up in any of the professions that many of the quizzes proposed? No lol 

But... they definitely helped with showcasing my strong points and areas of weaknesses. The last thing you should look for from these quizzes or anything you read online is a definitive answer. Think of them as tidbits of information leading you into the right direction. 

And these quizzes are FREE. You'll find that there are others out there that you have to pay for that will delve a bit deeper. But I know ya'll are probably on a budget, so free it is ;-) 

Take some of them and let us know what your findings are. 

1) MyPlan Career Assessment Test
2) The Big 5 Personality Test
3)
Pymetrics
4) Your Career Strengths Test
5) My Next Move O*NET Interests Profiler
6) Similar Minds Career Assessment

Editor's Letter: I was once in your shoes... straight up CONFUSED !

Tiffany Drysdale

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I remember the exact moment back in Spring of 2014, my junior year of college, where I grew anxious and uneasy just thinking about the days after graduation and not having any idea of exactly what I wanted to do. If anyone knows me, they know I am the planning type and having everything strategically figured out is how I get through life. But figuring out what you want to do for your career after graduation isn't something that I would call super easy. 

I was a sociology major, with a minor in women studies. I knew that I wanted to work with people in some capacity. How? Not the slightest idea. I entered college as a freshman with the intentions of pursuing Pre-Med (that changed very quickly once I realized I didn't LOVE mathematics and science as much as I had thought I did), then transitioned to psychology and ended up majoring in Sociology. The study of social behavior was so intriguing and there was an abundance of topics for days to learn about. So it was a no-brainer for me to continue the pursuit. 

Fast forward to junior year, I was in the hot seat and putting pressure on myself to figure out plans after graduation. I knew for a fact I didn't want to pursue social work because it wasn't for me. Then the question of "What other career options are out there for a sociology major" started to plague my mind. I began to feel very limited and began scrambling for answers on my own. But why? 

Why wasn't there an online space for me to go to with questions and for resources readily available for confused people like me with a major like mine, that was speaking to young women like me? It didn't hit me until recently when I met a young woman of color who had a Bachelors of Science in Gerontology and was ready to give up on her studies to pursue an unrelated career option. Why? Because she was confused and didn't know what direction to take. She just wanted a job and to start making money. The wheels in my head began turning and I thought there should be a place to go to for answers. The HR Den is meant to serve as a tool for those who are essentially LOST and serves as a space for women of color in this phase of their life to gain the answers they need and ask the necessary questions. 

Majoring in the humanities and social sciences is a double-edged sword, being that it offers the flexibility to explore a wide range of different career options, however, it doesn't offer a focus and specific specialty as an engineering, law or mathematics degree would. The HR Den is here to offer women insight into what career options they have and what step they would need to take to embark on those careers. 

Stay tuned for what's to come.