HR Career Going Nowhere? Willing to Answer These 10 Intrusive Questions to Get It Moving Again?

By Alan Collins

Late at night, in your most reflective moments, do you wonder if your HR career has crashed?

If so, is this why you decided to check out this article — which consists of nothing but QUESTIONS — to help you find out?

Good, I’m glad you did…so if you want to discover for sure if your career is going down the toilet, start by candidly answering the 10 questions below, okay?

Ready to begin?

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7 Ways To Become Awesome in HR — No Matter How Much (Or Little) Experience You Have!

by Alan Collins

When you gain a reputation as someone who is awesome in HR, a lot of things become irrelevant.

It won’t matter how much HR experience you have.

It won’t matter what college you went to.

It won’t matter what degree you have.

It won’t matter whether you’re HR certified or not.

No one will give a crap about that stuff.  Instead, they will be spellbound by your awesomeness.

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A Little-Known, But HUGE Mistake Most HR Job Seekers Make on LinkedIn — That You Can Correct In 5 Minutes!

by Alan Collins

One of the biggest mistakes I see HR job seekers make on LinkedIn is…

…with their headline!

To clarify, your headline is located on the line immediately below your name on your LinkedIn profile.

And it’s the first thing a headhunter, recruiter or hiring manager sees – after your name and picture.

If you’re on the prowl for a new opportunity and your headline doesn’t scream and make you stand out from the 2 million other HR people around the globe, you’re toast.

With busy, overworked recruiters who are under the gun to find candidates for great jobs, you only have a few seconds to grab their attention.

If you don’t, they’ll just click past your profile and you’re SOL.

However, a good headline will stop them dead in their tracks.

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3 Little Genius Ways To Upgrade Your Value As An HR Professional…

By Alan Collins

There are certain times in your life when it pays to upgrade.

A few weeks ago, after putting it off for months, I decided to upgrade my old iphone.

It was long overdue. But I bit the bullet.  And I’m glad I did.

Once I got my new one, I couldn’t believe the difference it made in my life.

Bigger screen.
Longer battery life.
Better photos.
Better online experience.
Easier to use.

I’m now kicking myself for not doing it sooner. It’s made me a ton more valuable to my clients (and myself)…because I can get stuff done more productively and faster.

The same is true of your HR brand.  There comes a time when you should upgrade it.

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How To Capitalize On One Of Today’s Hottest Hiring Trends…Boomeranging!

By Alan Collins

Ever thought about going back to work for one of your previous employers?

You might want to consider it.

Why?  Because you might find your HR skills in HUGE demand…and because one of today’s hottest employment trend is the aggressively re-hiring former employees.

These types of employees are known as “boomerangs.”   And this trend is called “boomeranging.”

A side note:  Ever notice how we in HR are quick to put a new label on an old practice.  I always called this new boomerang thing “re-hiring.”

But I digress.

Anyway…

According to an extensive study by Workplace Trends, 76% of all major employers have recently changed their policy on boomeranging — and are more favorably considering re-hiring  those who used to work in their organizations. 

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What To Do When You’ve Failed in HR — And Everyone Does, Eventually!

By Alan Collins

Nobody’s perfect.  

We all get knocked on our butts as HR professionals.

Despite our best efforts, we all fail.

And that’s what happened with Randy McDonald.

In the book, The Chief HR Officer, Randy talks about his experience as director of HR for a division of a large organization.  Being young and ambitious at the time, he was trying to position himself for a promotion and had racked up an impressive list of accomplishments.

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An Insanely Powerful Way To Distinguish Yourself in Human Resources…

by Alan Collins

Microwave ovens.
Fast food joints.
Amazon overnight delivery.
Buying tickets online.
Mobile phones.
Uber.

What do these six things have in common?

If you think about it, it’s obvious.

They’re all SHORTCUTS.

They help us get what we want faster, better or cheaper.

We love shortcuts like these because we’re super-busy HR pros and we don’t have the time to deal with all the crap that comes at us every day.

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