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Two years ago I quit my job as an HR Director.
I don’t want to go back. At least I don’t think I want to go back. I don’t think about it all to be honest. And the profession probably wouldn’t take me back anyway. Not at this point. Two years away in the real world is is like fifteen years away in Human Resources.
Maybe you’re in HR, and you hate your job. Maybe you tell yourself you hate your employer and another company would make you happier. Or maybe you’re wondering why the heck you ever chose Human Resources, and you want to change your field entirely.
If the latter is you, read the rest of this article. Everyone else, take a nap. Just kidding. Keep reading. I’m selfish and like the attention.
Here are six things have happened since I left HR. Some are glorious. Some? Not so much.
1. You find out who your work friends are. Quickly. This happens quickly
Ouch. This one really blows.
You can’t call anyone you used to work with and complain about the place you just quit like a normal ex-employee. You have to suck it up, and hopefully someone will reach out to you and see how you’re doing.
Two people were really my friends. I thought there were a couple hundred. Boy, was I wrong!
Start-ups are no joke.
6. I found my passion and piles of money
My mother gets really mad when people ask me how my business is going and I reply, “Oh my gosh! So good! I have amazing clients! All word of mouth! And I’m getting SO RICH!”
My mom says it’s tacky to add the SO RICH part.
I’m “new money,” not “old money.” I really have no idea how to navigate a healthy six-figure income, people on my payroll, and amazing clients… other than to be really excited about it. I want everyone who cheered me on and helped me to be excited, too.
I was really tired of making the same crap salary year after year and begging for raises. I was sick to death of firing people. Talking about employee benefits all day was boring; and I couldn’t listen to one more person complain to me about their job, or I would scream. I hated my job, too.
So I did something about it.
And amazing things began happening.
If you think you should quit HR, you probably should.
Meredith Soleau is the CEO & Founder of 424 Degrees. It's a super hot social media & recruiting agency. She lives in Toledo, Ohio with her stud of a husband and three highly intelligent children. You can find her personal humor blog at www.meredithsoleau.com. Her glorious hair is second to none. Truly. It's stunning. She often brags about her life in third person, sort of like this.