Martinette is a Human Resources Manager for an
internationally recognised hospitality company. In this article, she gives us a
glimpse into her job as she shares a bit about her career in hospitality.
Martinette’s career in human resources began after
she obtained her HR degree from the University of the Western Cape. “I completed a B.Com (HR) and B.Com Hons (HR)
and thereafter, landed my first job as a human resource officer at a
telecommunications company. Thereafter I entered the more specialised field of
recruitment and placement at Kelly Recruitment.
During my tenure at Kelly I completed my post-graduate degree,”
In 2012, Martinette joined Protea Hotels by Marriott
International and worked in various roles until being promoted to the position
of HR Manager for the Protea Hotels Corporate Head Office in 2016.
A human resources manager needs to maintain and
enhance an organisation’s human resources by planning, implementing and evaluating
employee relations and human resources policies, programmes and practices.
In addition, the human resources manager leads and
directs an HR team to enable them to deliver comprehensive HR services to the
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Martinette loves that her job gives her the
opportunity to tap into the cutting-edge of new trends and developments in the
human resources field. “As a result, I am
able to participate in developing strategies and critical thinking that are
world-class,” she says.
Another enjoyable aspect of Martinette’s job is the
international travel. “Marriott
International has hotels and head offices on every continent which is obviously
a big benefit of being part of the company,” Martinette says. “I recently travelled to Dubai, where in
addition to experiencing the sights and sounds of Dubai itself, I met with
numerous HR colleagues from all over the world.
“It was a
great learning experience,” Martinette says, adding that, “we were able to share information about
human resource issues and get a global view of the issues that affects HR
Professional from one day to the next.”
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tips for people wanting to follow a career in human resources:
Research the HR industry: explore
other opportunities that exist for someone with a human resources
qualification. “For example, you can take
up training and development as a career path, or a position in the infinite
evolving BBBEE environment. New specialist opportunities are also becoming
available in fields such as employee wellness and employee compensation and
HR is not industry specific: “Which means that a person can use their
generic HR skills in any private or public sector work environment. In this
way, you’re able to learn new skills. It also creates an opportunity for you to
work in another country.”
Make it your purpose to understand the
business which you are employed in. “As
HR professionals it is of the utmost importance to formulate HR strategies centered
around business imperatives which help with gaining more traction with the rest
of the business.”
Lastly, Martinette advises aspiring HR professionals
to speak with a data-rich voice.
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