Born in Lima, Peru, but having lived in Barcelona for more than 15 years, Karla Palma is our HR Manager. She studied Psychology and later received a Master’s Degree in Human Resources. Her hobbies include a passion for photography, travelling and cinema. In addition, if you want to discover some interesting restaurants in Barcelona, Karla is the perfect girl to give recommendations. She’s always in the know for gastronomic innovations in the city.
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Meet our HR Manager, Karla Palma
1. How did you discover Signaturit?
I heard about Signaturit for the first time a few years ago, through a team member that was part of the project since almost the beginning. I was always interested in the startup world and in that moment, Signaturit was already standing out as one of the most promising startups. I loved the idea of joining the team and contributing with everything I had learned in my studies.
2.How would you describe your work?
My work is focused on people, who are the engine behind any company. As HR Manager, I am the first contact for any professional or student that shows interest in working in Signaturit, and I am their guide during their onboarding process and throughout their later professional development within the team. My role demands multi-tasking, and my tasks range from defining and managing the recruiting processes, organizing the selection processes, ensuring that the onboarding and incorporation is appropriate for each profile, and following up on the professional development of each new team member.
3. What is the overall purpose of your position?
My general purpose is to attract and retain the best talent for Signaturit, and this involves all the small missions that come together with my role as team manager.
Karla at the office
4. What do you like most about working in the Human Resources Department?
What I like most about working in Human Resources is the opportunity to have a positive impact on the professional development of my colleagues. Work is a very important facet for the growth of any person. We cannot forget that we spend a third of our day working. For this reason, I am motivated the most by helping my colleagues advance with their professional goals.
Additionally, since my first year in university, I was interested in the application of psychology in a social environment. To be more specific, my interest was in psychology for organizations. Being able to apply all my knowledge in this area is very gratifying for me.
5. How is a typical day in Signaturit for you?
I don't usually have “a typical day”, although it is true that every day I have to respond to many emails and speak with candidates that are in any of the selection processes that we have open. With respect to everything else, my tasks are basically managing labor contracts, developing employer branding strategies, writing and publishing job offers, evaluating the work environment, interviewing my colleagues to work on internal team issues, etc.
6. What do you value most about working in Signaturit?
What I value most about working at Signaturit is the real opportunity for growth within the company. And I don't refer to growth in the sense of rising up the ranks - in fact Signaturit is a very horizontal company - I mean professional growth and development.
7. What are your biggest challenges in Signaturit?
My biggest challenge so far has been to create the Human Resources department from the ground. It is complex to establish and standardize job selection processes that have a repercussion within the whole organization, and even impact the external image of the company. However, I have taken this challenge as an opportunity to build a highly qualified team, cohesive, whose values are aligned with those of Signaturit.
8. What do you like most about working in such an innovative sector?
I love being able to learn new things daily, and without a doubt, in a startup there are no two equal days. Day by day, I learn both from the experiences of my colleagues, as well as learning about what's happening in this technology sector that is now in full swing.
In Human Resources it's very important to know what other companies are doing to attract and retain the best talent, since there is currently a “war” to attract the best. Therefore, knowing which employer branding strategies are trending, for example, is very important for my work.
9. What are the characteristics of a Signabuddy for you?
Of the characteristics of a Signabuddy, I would highlight the entrepreneurial spirit and the feeling of being part of an innovative project. If something differentiates us from other companies is the desire to see Signaturit grow, and the pride we feel for being part of a meaningful company. For everything else, there is a lot of diversity amongst our Signabuddies. For us, it's essential to have a diverse team, which allow us to grow professionally and personally.
10. What would you recommend for future Signabuddies?
For future Signabuddies, I would recommend that they get to know where Signaturit comes from, and where it is going. That they should be very curious and interested in growing without limits. That they need to be brave to tackle any of the challenges that are yet to come, as we are all key pieces in the development of the company. Lastly and most importantly, I would say that they should have a great desire to have a positive influence on the people that make up Signaturit.
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"Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow”
Karla Palma, HR Manager at Signaturit