May 20, 2020

Cody Fuerst

  • Dynamic Human Resources Leadership Professional
  • Chicago, IL, US
Telecommute Human Resources Employee Relations HR Influencers Payroll Recruiting

Personal Summary (describe yourself)

Results-driven Human Resources professional dedicated to organizational and personnel development.
Proven expertise in delivering quality employee engagement coaching, analyzing human capital, and facilitating goal alignment with strategic initiatives. Demonstrated leadership abilities in designing development programs, supervising cross-functional personnel, and managing new implementations with a focus to employee engagement. Especially adept at working with and advocating for underrepresented and diverse populations.

Work Experience

Human Resources Manager
Apr 2019 - Mar 2020 M.E.P. Infrastructure Solutions, Inc

• Served as a link between management and employees by handling questions, interpreting and administering contracts and helping resolve work-related problems
• Researched and Identified new employee benefit options, increasing employee coverage options and decreasing company cost by over $20,000 annually
• Recruited, Interviewed, and onboarded MEPFP 3-5 engineering professionals across all levels of experience at a time
• Administered compensation, benefits, and performance management systems, and safety and recreation programs
• Processed bi-weekly payroll for 25-50 engineering and manufacturing employees with use of MyPayrollHR, Deltek Ajera, as well as manual process
• Facilitated employee mediations, performance improvement plans, and performance reviews
• Reconstructed Employee Handbook in order to standardize policies and procedures and reporting structure company-wide
• Coordinated with legal partners in preparing documents required to maintain compliance and confidentiality
• Supported the CEO and company leadership in executing both internal and external communication efforts
• Developed and maintain Higher Education relationships for talent acquisition purposes and student development

Career Development Advisor
Aug 2017 - Apr 2019 Waubonsee Community College

• Established connections and managed relationships with employers providing opportunities to students; highlight best practices in campus recruitment and sourcing strategy to identify talent that meets the needs of the position
• Tactfully assessed individual circumstances and progress in the career development process, and identify recommendations and options for student success through a strategic decision making
• Introduced new career fair registration technology to efficiently process near 300 event attendees
• Assisted in the implementation of Alumni Mentoring platform to allow high-touch interaction between students, alumni, and employers, Waubonsee Connect, a platform powered by People Grove
• Provided career counseling and coaching to 15-20 students and community members per week in areas of resume writing, career development, navigating ATS, experiential learning, and campus involvement with an unbiased approach and high quality informed by a working knowledge of student development theory - Hold a satisfaction score of 4.85/5.00 about career services provided to students and community members
• Prepared students to demonstrate abilities by position and company preference

Apr 2018 - Apr 2018 Leadership Academy Tier
Freshman Admission Counselor
Aug 2016 - Aug 2017 Lewis University

• Facilitated on-campus recruitment for prospective students while providing guidance on education and career goals resulting in over 400 accepted admission applications
• Recruited, selected, oriented and developed a team of 25 employees
• Coordinated, planned, and facilitated large group university admission visits for over 50-150 members
• Developed leadership development training, programs, assessments, and reporting metrics
• Consulted departments on leadership development needs, the expectations of students and internal partners
• Assisted team members and students in connecting their work to the "bigger picture"

Apr 2016 - Aug 2016 The LaSalle Network, Oakbrook, IL

• Sourced, interviewed and screen 10+ passive candidates daily via telephone communication to determine qualifications are met to ensure a successful career search in areas of Accounting and Finances and special project searches for Administrative roles
• Schedule and secure interviews for qualifying candidates to meet with a team of project managers to assist in their search for new employment
• Identified, analyzed, understood and articulated company standards and quarterly goals

Juvenile Justice Specialist Intern
Apr 2015 - Aug 2015 Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

• Tracked progress of youth behavior changes and collaborated with appropriate staff
• Effectively managed emergency situations and conducted appropriate action
• Recipient of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Don Freeman Initiative Award

Student Activities Representative
Oct 2014 - Apr 2015 Aurora University

• Co-supervised and trained 13 employees, 36 part-time staff and assisted in managing a $125,000 budget
• Brought new technology into roles and looking for opportunities to make workflow more efficient
• Applied a multitude of learning theories to business environment/practices that are blended in approach and engaging for the learner as well as applied learning theories to bridge the gap in student involvement
• Consulted departments on leadership development needs and the expectations of students and partners

Fellow for Service
Nov 2012 - May 2014 Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action

• Built partnerships with local non-profit organizations to develop new volunteer opportunities
• Collaborated with Aurora University and the Fox Valley United Way to develop an intranet resource, Volunteer Fox Valley, for local non-profits and volunteers to post volunteer and in-kind needs
• Organized Bi-Annual "Morning of Service" program across 10 community organization with 150+ volunteers and a $4,000 budget

Leadership Academy Workshops - Waubonsee Community College


- May 2020 DePaul University
Master of Arts - Psychology
Northcentral University
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology
Aurora University