Meet Beth Ede, Chief Human Resources Officer: What to consider in your job search

Beth Ede

What are some things people should look for in an employer?

One of the most important things to consider is how the company’s culture and values align with yours. Working for an organization is about so much more than just the hours you put in each day – it should be a reflection of what’s important to you as well. You should feel that you and the organization stand for the same things – which will hopefully lead to a productive, enjoyable, and lasting relationship for both of you.

It’s also important to inquire and understand the organization’s focus on individual growth and development as well as recognition.

What makes someone stand out as a job candidate?

Candidates can stand out in many ways but remember you have to make a good first impression. This first impression could be your resume or your application speaking for you – be sure it is complete, concise, and grammatically correct. If you receive any communication from a potential employer through email, phone message, etc., be prompt and professional in your response.

Best tip you have for someone who’s job hunting?

My best tip for someone who is looking for a new opportunity is look for a great employer.

Look for an organization whose culture aligns with your values. Even if that employer doesn’t have the exact position you are looking for available at that time, let them know you are interested in being part of their team. You may also choose to apply for a position you are qualified for at the time, even if it isn’t quite the one you really aspire to. Remember, a successful employer will have a strong focus on the growth and development of their people.

How can workers avoid “burnout”?

It’s important to find an employer that truly cares about you and your wellness. You also need to find a good balance in all that you do – from work to play activities as well as rest and proper nutrition. All of these aspects of life are connected – when we are stressed we don’t sleep as well, we don’t pay as much, attention to our diet and exercise falls to the wayside, and we create a vicious cycle. Find a healthy balance that works for you; we are all different.

What drew you to Merchants Bank?

It truly was the alignment of values, new learning opportunities and culture. I had always heard great stories from my amazing predecessor Alberta, but now I’m living it – and loving it. The people at Merchants are true professionals working hard to make this organization great while helping each other enjoy what they do day in and day out.

What do you like most about your job?

I love all the new learning – from the business of banking, to the due diligence of an acquisition, to the development and growth of the individuals. It’s so rewarding to see people happy in what they do each day.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I thrive on staying busy even when I’m not I spend lots of time with family and friends and enjoy baking, escaping to our “glamper” on a small lake a couple hours away, riding bicycle, boating and fishing, and traveling. In the winter we look forward to an annual visit to either Texas or Arizona.

Do you have a favorite quote?

I try and live by this each day:

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

I do also have a favorite that aligns with my values:

“The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity. Choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, and truth over popularity – these are the choices that measure your life. Travel the path of integrity without looking back, for there is never a wrong time to do the right thing.”