Advancing Your Payroll Career. John Bernatovicz, President Willory - Payroll & HR Solutions. Presentation is NOT about. Payroll Tax Compliance Pay Cards Affordable Care Act Year-end FMLA Garnishments Unemployment Claims. Advancing Your Payroll Career. My background and qualifications
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Advancing Your Payroll Career John Bernatovicz, President Willory - Payroll & HR Solutions
Presentation is NOT about • Payroll Tax Compliance • Pay Cards • Affordable Care Act • Year-end • FMLA • Garnishments • Unemployment Claims
Advancing Your Payroll Career • My background and qualifications • How to Advance Your Payroll Career • Interviewing Tips / Trends in Hiring
Advancing Your Payroll Career • My Goal is for You to…….. • Have Fun • Learn at Least 2 New Things • Meet a New Friend • Get Fired Up about Your Career
Stand up if you thought you would be in payroll when you started your career.
Make the Most of it So how do we take advantage of our exposure to and management of the largest line item expense that gets little to no praise…..
How to Advance Your Payroll Career • What’s Your Purpose • Find Your Passion • Have a Game Plan • Be Focused • Grow Your Skill Set • Take a Risk • Own your Brand • Network, Network, Network • Be a Mentor / Find a Mentor • Be Accountable • If All Else Fails, Out Work Them • When Opportunity Knocks, Seize It • Nailing an Interview
What are you passionate about….. in payroll? • Tax • Systems • Process • Management • Garnishments • Implementations • Unemployment Compensation Management
We Sleep – 56 hours per weekWe Work – 40 hours per weekWe Eat – 10 hours per week
The 10,000 Hour Rule says you can MASTER a skill in… 10,000 Hours = 250 Weeks = 5 years What have you Mastered?
My Passion • 17 years serving payroll and HR professionals • Reviewed 75,000+ resumes • Interviewed 3,500+ candidates • Be involved in 750+ offers / hiring decisions • Placed 75 payroll professionals at clients in last 18 months • See first hand what companies look for with candidates
How to Advance Your Payroll Career #3 – Have a Game Plan… To Reach Your Professional Goals!
It’s not Rocket Science… Your Plan Starts with the Basic Questions: • Who? • What? • Where? • When? • Why? • How?
It Can Start Now! • Fill out piece of paper in front of you • You can even do it when you are bored, say at a conference, listening to some guy like me
It Can Start Now! • It should Include • Why am I doing this – back to your purpose / passion? • Who can help you? • What is your ideal next payroll job AND the one right after that • Where do I want to work? Company / Area • When do I want to do this by? • How am I going to do it?
How to Advance Your Payroll Career#4 – Have a Focused Plan Lewis and Clark had FOCUSED plan. Do you?
How to Advance Your Payroll Career • Print out your career game plan – put in private place • Share with spouse, friend, trusted advisor • Make sure you reference back to plan at least monthly
Grow Your Skill Set • Stay One Step Ahead • Engage in other areas outside of your department
Grow Your Skill Set • Implementations, Projects, Process Improvement CPP
How to Advance Your Payroll Career #6 –Don’t be Afraid To… Take Risks
How to Advance Your Payroll Career #7 – Own Your Brand • What Make You Different and/or Better?
You immediately formulate an opinion once you see those images • The same is done about you • What do people think? • How are you perceived? • Where is your expertise?
Your Brand is a Mix of… • Belief • Family • Roots • Actions • Career
Steps to Differentiate Yourself • Do your best to be great at what you do! • Learn from those who are where you want to be • Find your niche • Engage with your customer and staff • Build your resume with experiences, projects and certifications • Enthusiasm, Enthusiasm, Enthusiasm
How to Advance Your Payroll Career #7A – Your Social Media Brand
If you do not a LinkedIn page, create one. If you have one, use it and get connected.
Network, Network, Network • Must have confidence and embrace it • Have a purpose – why am I networking? • It is not about you – it is about the other person • Bring a business card • Keep track of who you meet • Follow up afterward (LinkedIn, email, etc.)
Mentoring Up • Determine ideal career path first • Helps you determine who is right mentor • Identify 2-3 mentors (do your homework) • Don’t be afraid to ask (tell them why) • Invest in relationship (business, personal, etc.) • Should feel natural / not forced
Mentoring Down • Always be on the look out • Vet out once identified • Investment must go both ways • Be transparent • Improves personal accountability