If you ask Tamarah Martin her official title, she would answer “Senior HR Consultant”. But the truth is, her work encompasses far more than merely providing HR support at varying levels for multiple industries. On some days, her time is dedicated to onboarding new employees. On others, she acts as a coach and a mentor to top-level leaders, helping them understand how to be more effective leaders in their businesses.
ACADEMIC BACKGROUND: FROM IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY TO A FULL-TIME HR CAREER
Looking back now, Tamarah says she never imagined her college path would lead to Human Resources and Consulting down the line. While pursuing her degree in Business Administration, she cites an HR internship during her junior and senior years at Immaculata College as being foundational with respect to her involvement in the industry. She was invited back the following year and progressed to HR Assistant. Tamarah credits this internship for being willing to work with her schedule as a young professional, and someone learning the trade while completing her degree. She says this made a full-time career in HR a natural pathway to choose following her graduation.
ADVANCING TO A DIRECTOR POSITION AND WORKING AT RETIREMENT FACILITIES
Tamarah laughs when remembering back to her younger years thinking, “I will not be one who juggles parenthood and a career,” as she recalls her experience in her first director position while working at Mennonite Home Communities from 2002 to 2004. While at MHC, she expertly administered HR policies, programs and practices while overseeing all HR functions for the 550+ employee, multi-facility community. After returning to work for a few months after Luke was born, Tamarah had the opportunity to transition to an HR consulting position. This permitted her flexibility, which is when she opted to leave her position at MHC and pursue consulting for the first time.
TRANSITION BACK TO FULL-TIME HR POSITIONS AND ACCEPTANCE AT VILLANOVA
In 2018, Tamarah decided that the time was again right to pursue a more full-time role in HR. At this same time, she applied to Villanova and was accepted into a graduate program in Human Resources. This is also when a seed was planted for her current position at Hubric Resources. The Adamstown Swim Team served as a hub for Tamarah’s connection with Hubric Resources’ Tamara DeLoretta. As a result of this networking, Tamarah applied for a position at Hubric Resources, which meant a transition back into a full-time role in HR. During her return to full time work, she simultaneously was accepted to Villanova for graduate school. For the record, these events transpired within approximately eight-weeks!
2018 – PRESENT: LIFE AT HUBRIC RESOURCES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF VARIETY
At Hubric Resources, Tamarah got busy working on client accounts and long-term professional relationships. She feels that one thing that sets her current experience apart from previous employment is the frequency of a healthy variety of work environments and challenges. She enjoys being exposed to the range of industries, roles and obstacles faced by her clientele, and problem solving with them to arrive at the best solution.
Tamarah notes, “You are exposed all day, every day to politics, for instance, that happen in a workplace- but you are not personally there (at the office) everyday to understand the totality of the picture. As such, you can be a neutral party, and I love that ability as a consultant,”.
Additionally, Tamarah states, “A lot of behavioral systems and organizational psychology is going on in everything that happens with HR consulting,” she notes. “It’s a lot of talking people ‘off the ledge’ so to speak, through their problems as they are happening. This helps them understand themselves, as well as being more empathetic to others.”
2020: LOOKING BACK
When asked if 2020 presented an exciting invitation to problem solve, or an overwhelming set of challenges in her daily work, Tamarah sides with the former. “I am a problem solver, this truly drives me as I work best under pressure,” she says. “I am even keeled, and what tends to bother other people doesn’t bother me. If anything, the most challenging aspect related to 2020 was the late night phone calls with clients. Those conversations where you cannot know the outcome, or whether everything will truly be okay or feel normal again for the client.”
ON PERSONAL MANTRAS AND WHAT KEEPS HER MOTIVATED IN WORK AND IN LIFE
If you check out Tamarah’s LinkedIn profile, you will be greeted by one quote that appeals to her on a deep personal level. “Stephen Covey said, ‘seek first to understand, and then to be understood’. I find in both HR and as a person, this is how I operate, too. Even with my kids, I say, ‘Close your mouth and listen,’. I try very hard to be present and listen, this is when you truly learn, when you actually listen you can figure out so many other things; whether about people or their problems.”
Tamarah also loves spending her free time as a fitness instructor teaching two classes per week at Retro Fitness, which she began doing when her first child was young and she was involved with HR consulting. She found then that having a time during her day that was just hers, was critical in resetting and recharging for her other roles. Tamarah also jokes, “I always tell my fitness students that I love yelling at them on a weekly basis, and also love encouraging them. Getting other people motivated and pumped up to be their best is appealing to me. I always tell them, ‘Why are you here now? Chase your why whatever it is.’”
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