copyright Susan Jordan BennettI spent a little over three and a half years with Dollar General Corporation serving as a customer service representative, then transferring to human resources.   During my tenure there, the company had a tuition reimbursement plan which meant they would more or less pay my college tuition.   I completed all the undergraduate studies for a bachelor degree in communications until the reimbursement was no longer an option because the dollar limit had been reached.  While I wish I had been able to finished my degree, I am incredibly grateful for the classes I was able to complete, all while working full time and raising two children!

I also headed up the health and wellness committee for a year which consisted of organizing monthly meetings, producing the monthly newsletter, orchestrating health fairs and bringing in guest speakers for employee lunch and learns.   I was also able to put together a bible study that a handful of folks attended regularly during their lunch break. It provided a great opportunity to get to know my co-workers better and get a glimpse into some of the battles they were facing.

I left DG in May of 2005 and was soon hired at The Salvation Army, where I remain to this day.  In the almost 10 years I have been here, I have served as the human resources manager, office manager, administrative assistant, volunteer director, social media manager and Angel Tree program director.  I have learned many things, acquired numerous skills and have been blessed to serve those in need throughout Middle Tennessee.  I am grateful to have met so many amazing people across this great city and have been a part of some incredible major events.

To wrap this series up, I would have to sum it up like this:  Be a lifelong learner. Be hungry for change and self- improvement.  Never settle for second best and never allow anyone to tell you it can’t be done!

I would not be where I am today without God. He has paved the way, prepared me through various trials and tribulations and strategically placed me each and every time exactly where I needed to be.  I met the right people and was a part of the right change of events.

I encourage each and every one of you to keep hanging on, to keep moving forward and no matter how long the road looks ahead, understand that some amazing things await you just around the bend!

Stay tuned for my next series:  Corralling the Ocean –  A Human Resources Blog geared at encouraging and empowering you. We’ll cover topics like writing a resume, finding a job and keeping it, preventing burn out, what to do between jobs and much more. Plus,  I would love questions from you that I can address.  Set to launch Feb 1!