Last week we kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month on the blog with news of our returning Pregunte a Los Expertos (Ask the Experts) Series! For those of you who may not know, Pregunte a los Expertos provides direct access to experts in various fields to answer your most pressing questions about work and cancer.
Today we are introducing Edwin González, SHRM-CP, Senior Human Resources Manager at Tate’s Bake Shop! Edwin has over 10 years of experience in human resources, and he will be joining us next week on September 26th to discuss how HR can support someone facing work challenges during and after treatment.
We asked Edwin some questions in advance, since there is never enough time during the sessions to get to know our speakers.
Q: How did you get into the human resources field?
Edwin: I joined my field by chance. I was to be a teacher at first but I found an office job as an Administrative Assistant in the HR Department of Stony Brook University and I fell in love with the field. I got recruiting experience at an agency, then found my first full-time HR job in 2016.
Q: What is one thing you wish more people knew about?
Edwin: One thing I want people to know more about is their employee rights, their benefits, and what their company offers. Sometimes it takes just asking, you don’t know what you don’t ask.
Q: How are you supporting the latine community?
Edwin: I’ve only worked in companies where the primary demographic of employees was Hispanic/Latino. Not only do we talk about HR, but I get to assist them with personal things they may not know about or even help translate personal phone calls. Outside of the office, I work with high school graduates, who either came to this country or are first generation immigrants, and I help them decide on whether college is right for them or trade school. I help them write their resume, interview, and be better prepared for whatever they decide.
When we sit down with Edwin next Tuesday, September 26th at 1PM ET we’ll zero in on the key concerns people have navigating work after a diagnosis. Click here to register!