Why I hire people others ignore — choosing job candidates

Given the choice between an employee with a perfect resume and one who has fought their way through difficulty, Human Resources Executive, Regina Hartley, chooses the “scrapper.” As someone who grew up with adversity, she knows those who flourish in the darkest of spaces encompass the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace.

TED@UPS Speaker: Regina Hartley

Those who don’t always look good on paper may be just the person you need to hire.

Given the choice between an employee with a perfect resume and straight As and one who has fought their way through difficulty, Human Resources Executive Regina Hartley always chooses the “scrapper.”

In this talk, Hartley touches on the benefits of adversity, the latest studies on post-traumatic growth and the fact that those who don’t always look good on paper may be just the person you need to hire. Because, she believes, those who flourish in the darkest of spaces encompass the qualities of our strongest leaders.

Throughout her 25-year UPS careerworking in talent acquisition, succession planning, learning and development, employee relations, and communications—Hartley has seen how, given the opportunity, people with passion and purpose will astound you.

She holds a BA in political science from SUNY Binghamton and an MA in corporate and organizational communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University.Today, Hartley is a human resources director for UPS Information Services, and makes human connections with employees immersed in technology.

She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HRCI.

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