From conducting initial screenings and creating offer letters to onboarding new hires, Senior HR Recruiting Intern Kyra Flexer is involved in virtually every step of the recruiting process.
Starting her career journey earlier than most, Kyra joined Penn Community Bank as an intern while still in high school, an opportunity which ultimately influenced her decision to pursue a Human Resources Management degree at Widener University. She later explored work in the Commercial Lending department before returning to Human Resources to focus specifically on recruiting efforts.
“It’s so valuable to be able to put what you’re learning in class into action in a professional work setting. Having that insight made me a better student and a better employee,” says Kyra.
As a Senior Intern, Kyra is involved in several functions of the department and enjoys working on projects she can see through from start to finish. She says, one of the most rewarding tasks she’s completed was a job description audit. Over the course of five months, she worked on updating the job description for each position and receiving approval from compliance before sending to an external vendor for review and compensation analysis.
“At first, it sounded like a simple ongoing project. It quickly proved to be more involved than we thought – and I’m happy it was because I learned so much about the importance of language in recruiting,” she says.
Kyra is pleased to consider her supervisors as mentors in her career and professional and educational journey. She’s determined to receive her SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional), a certificate designed for Human Resources professionals to advance their knowledge of policies and strategies. Fortunately, her mentors have this certification and have provided insight on obtaining the certification.
Looking forward, Kyra hopes to one day be a Human Resources Director and is taking the necessary steps to reach that goal one day. She hopes to start on earning her MBA in the near future and credits her mentors with providing her with the insight and motivation to do so.
“The mentors I’ve gained through Penn Community Bank are so valuable to my career, even this early on. They are so understanding, ensure I am always learning and feel supported, and focus on what they can do for me rather than what I can do for them,” Kyra says.
The banking industry can be scary for someone just starting off in their career. As a recruiter and intern herself, Kyra would like to offer advice to any student or entry-level applicant: Take a chance, take every opportunity to enhance your resume, and don’t let the word “banking” scare you.
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