Ask an Atlanta human resource expert for career advice!

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Welcome to the debut of HR Roundtable, a blog featuring commentary by human resource experts from SHRM-Atlanta (Society for Human Resources Management). Dionna Keels, Michael Haberman and Bill Pinto will discuss a wide variety of issues pertaining to the world of human resources, from hiring and firing to workplace lawsuits. The topics will be of interest to both employers and job seekers.

So here is your chance to ask human resource professionals a question about what really goes on in the world of HR, and use it to your advantage when you are job searching or looking for workplace and staffing solutions. Submit your questions in the blog comment section below. All submissions will be reviewed and those selected will be answered by one of the HR Roundtable panel members in a future HR Roundtable blog entry.

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Joy Johnston

March 2nd, 2009
11:42 am

Lane, a related question just happened to be answered in this month’s Ask HR column, hope it helps:


February 21st, 2009
10:11 am

With today’s high unemployment rate, how long would a person be unemployed before he/she is asked during an interview why he/she has been out of work for so long?

Michael Haberman, SPHR

February 16th, 2009
2:23 pm

Right now I would stay with the job and try to figure out what you don’t like about it and see if you can fix it. But, nothing bars you from looking for a job while you have a job. In fact, that is actually the best situation. Just try to do it on your own time. Otherwise you may find yourself on the outside looking in and now is not a good time to be doing that.


February 6th, 2009
6:50 pm

I have job presently, but I don’t like it. I am very thankful to have a job, but do I stay with my job and be miserable or do I try and find something else. Where do I draw the line. Thanks.

Joy Johnston

January 27th, 2009
5:23 pm


Here are what some of our HR and employments experts have had to say, they seem to think that right now, networking is the key, so even though you are new in the area, it may be wise to become involved in local groups to rebuild a professional network so that you can have another avenue for job leads:

You might want to consider going the contract or temp route as well:

Good luck to you in your job search!


January 26th, 2009
10:12 am

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January 26th, 2009
10:11 am

I relocated to the Atlanta area six months ago due to a transfer my husband had to make. I was employed as an HR Coordinator at the corporate headquarters of a large company in Dallas, TX, and have yet to find work here in Atlanta. I am a hard worker, smart and reliable. I know if I could just get an interview or two I might be able to find something, but haven’t even gotten that far in the process. Help!

Stacy Norris

January 24th, 2009
2:31 pm

I was laid off from a Medical billing/collections position in May 08 after 10 years of service. (Company sold) At the same time I relocated to an area that I am not familiar with, nor do I really know anyone, and I am having a difficult time trying to find a position within the medical industry. There are jobs available but the going trend here is knowing someone within that company. I am really at a loss, I have the qualifications for the jobs but I cannot seem to even get a call back to inquire about my resume. The Job ads are next to none since everything is word of mouth, so I really don’t know what my next move should be. Any thoughts?

Joy Johnston

January 22nd, 2009
8:24 pm


There are indeed Atlanta HR groups that may be of interest to you. Here is a list compiled by HR Roundtable panelist, Dionna Keels:

HR Leadership Forum – Atlanta: For HR Executives

The American Society for Training and Development – Atlanta

The Atlanta Area Compensation Association

Metro Atlanta Recruiters Channel