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.


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.

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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HR Director Fired After “Good” Performance Review. Here Are 8 Tips For Avoiding A Similar Fate…

by Alan Collins

A senior HR director friend of mine was fired recently after her year-end performance review. 

What was especially brutal was her boss’ overall evaluation of her performance.

She had been rated a “3” on her company’s 5-point scale, which was “good.”  And further informed that her performance was “solid” and that everything was okay.

Knowing that, she signed off on the review.

So, she was blindsided beyond belief when she was
called back in a few weeks later…and given the pink slip! 

To be totally honest, she knew her performance wasn’t stellar.

But she was devastated by this news and clearly didn’t think she’d get whacked.

Matters became worse when she was told by her boss that, after discussing the company’s financial troubles with the higher ups, THEY (not he) decided to eliminate her job.

They agreed she was doing a good job.  But they didn’t feel that SHE…as well as THE JOB she was in..was adding enough value to the business.

Read that last sentence again.

Good performance wasn’t enough.  It wasn’t a performance issue.  It was just time to whack her job.  And her.

And her manager blamed the decision on his bosses.

Yeah, right…

What a spineless, freakin’ wimp!

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9 Ways To Get HR Headhunters To Come To You

by Alan Collins

The best HR recruiters, headhunters and executive search firms pride themselves on being able to find you.

The only problem is they never seem to call when YOU most want to be found.

So what do you do if you want to get headhunted?

Well, you can reach out and start contacting recruiters yourself.

But, that’s typically what only the most desperate, out-of-work HR candidates do.

So that isn’t such a great strategy if you truly want to separate yourself from the rest of the pack.

As an alternative, what about flipping the script?  What about positioning yourself so they contact you?  Interested?

Well, here you go…nine ways to make that happen:

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