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My friend Lars Schmidt asked me to join a group of other smart people and tell him about the best part about my job. Do you know Lars? Go check him out.

Anyway, there are a few things that I like about my job.

Being HR Famous

I won’t lie. I like the fact that I’m a little HR famous. Nobody recognizes me on the street. Nobody asks for my autograph. Nobody looks to me for anything more than a pithy blog post or two. But I’m verified on Twitter, and I can go into Target and see my name in a glossy women’s magazine on a regular basis.

(Find me this month and win a prize!)

I love being a blogger. One time, I walked through the local mall and heard my name called out by a news anchor. My husband and I stopped to say hello. I overheard someone ask, “I wonder who she is?”

I was like, “Yeah, man! That’s the kind of irrelevant micro-fame that I’m talking about!”

Being My Own Boss

As most of you know, I love the fact that I do what I want when I want. Sometimes I work as a writer. Sometimes I work as a consultant. Mostly, I just look for opportunities to hang out with my friends.

Lars and I have been friends for a long time, and we have seen so much together. A few years ago, we went to a networking event. Because we’re old, we were one of the first people to arrive. We stood around—too cool for school—and some drunk HR lady jumped up on a karaoke stage and screamed, “HR technology rules!”

Lars and I looked at one another like we just witnessed a crime against humanity.

If stuff like that must go down in life—and it must—I am thrilled to witness it with Lars. I would never see that kind of crazy shit if I had my head down in a cubicle working for the man.

Having a Voice

My job is super-great because I get to use my blog to do fun things. I’ve raised thousands of dollars for charities all over the world. I get to write about my cats. And, on a special day like today, I’m able to wish my buddy Lars a very happy 40th birthday.

You should wish him a happy birthday, too!

Anyway, my job is wonderful. I love learning from smart and tenacious colleagues. But the best part of my job is being friends with a guy like Lars Schmidt.

I’m a lucky lady—irrelevant HR fame and all.

8 Responses to The Best Part About My Job
  1. Lars Schmidt

    Thanks for the awesome birthday love! I would host a 4 week internet career show with you any day! #CHO

    • ruettimann

      We were always meant to be friends! #cho

  2. DT

    HR technology rules? What a nerd… 🙂

  3. Susan LaMotte

    Way to share your honest path. Love this. And for what it’s worth, I’d recognize you in Target.

    • ruettimann

      Thank you. Look for me! I’m the one buying 100 things I don’t need!

  4. Karen

    Always enjoy your frankness! Clearly you are glamourous this month.

    • ruettimann

      Thanks, Karen. I’m something this month.