Career Path - Aatiyah Paulding, Leader and Talent Business Partner at Bullhorn
What does the career path and day in the life look like for a Leader and Talent Business Partner at Bullhorn?
Where did you grow up? What did you parents do for work? What was your very first job (before any internships)?
I grew up in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston with my grandparents. Both of them worked blue-collar jobs - my granddad worked as a facilities manager at a housing authority, and my grandma worked in a variety of roles at the Gillette factory. They both showed me the meaning of hard work, and they did whatever it took to give their kids and grandkids a good life.
My very first job was babysitting when I was 12 years old. When I was 15 years old, I found a job at a small independent bookstore, which was great because I could read as many books as I wanted.
Where did you go to college? What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?
For undergraduate, I went to Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I was initially a double major in education and natural science with the plan to become a middle school math teacher. In senior year, I realized that having my own classroom wasn’t my calling, so I changed my education major to an education minor and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in natural science.
After studying Natural Science at Lesley University, you turned your professional career toward the human resources industry. What sparked your interest in building a career in HR?
I’ve worked all throughout high school and college, so I’ve never completed a formal internship. However, I worked as a human resources assistant during my freshman year of college, and that’s where I caught the human resources bug. I love being in a role that helps people, and every role that I’ve been in since then has been customer or people focused. I enjoy creating more efficient processes so that everyone at work can understand them, especially since Bullhorn has made numerous global acquisitions over the past year. It’s important for me to create an incredible workplace experience for all of our employees at Bullhorn.
Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as a Leader and Talent Business Partner?
As a leader and talent business partner, I work with leaders and employees across the company on organizational planning, compensation, career mapping, and coaching, as well as employee relations. I’ve also been involved with our benefits planning and evaluation of human capital management systems.
For the last few months, I’ve supported our Bullhorn Allies board, which promotes diversity and inclusion programs in our headquarters in Boston. The Bullhorn Allies recognize that diversity in culture, race, gender, and sexual orientation promotes a broader perspective and creates a more innovative workplace. The mission of Bullhorn Allies is to acknowledge, educate, and celebrate this diversity through events that build a more inclusive atmosphere.
Any tips for someone considering a career in human resources?
Have patience, a good poker face, and enjoy helping people. There’ll be the routine parts about it, but if you can make those easier by displaying a positive attitude, then you’ll get to the fun stuff faster.
Day in the Life
Coffee, tea, or nothing?
Iced tea in the summer, and hot tea in the winter
What time do you get into the office?
Between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?
After getting my two boys off to school, I head to the T and make my way to work. I check email on the train so I at least know what has happened overnight since we have international offices. I also post or answer questions via our Human Resources Business Partner Slack channel. My mornings can include meetings, check-ins with leaders, and connecting with employees on their needs.
I spend a good amount of time working on short- and long-term projects and establishing and/or refining human resources processes where needed.
My partner and I tag team on school pick up, so if he’s picking up, I’ll often work a little later to catch up with colleagues or respond to emails. I try to make sure that I’m home in time for dinner. After we eat, I help my kids with their homework and get them ready for the next day. After their bedtime, I’ll either finish some more work or watch some TV.
What time do you head out of the office?
Between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?
A few nights during the week, I’ll log back onto my computer, but I’m always checking email on my phone.
Any productivity hacks?
The clean-up function in Outlook is fantastic for eliminating redundant messages in your inbox. I love seeing the number of emails in my inbox decrease!
What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?
Transit app: I must know how the T is working at all times.
LastPass: It’s great to help me remember passwords.
Toss up between Pandora and iHeartRadio (I love listening to “Second Date Update” on 96.9 FM during my morning commute)
What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?
I’m most proud of establishing a career that has allowed me to grow, develop, and thrive, while giving me the ability to spend time with my immediate and extended family. My family means everything to me.
Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?
I’m grateful to have numerous mentors in my life who I both admire and call upon to give me honest advice about work and life. They all have different perspectives and add enormous value in my professional and personal lives.