8 Reasons Why Your HR Team May Secretly Hate You — And What To Do About It!

by Alan Collins

If you’re an HR leader, there’s a slight possibility that some key members of your team may secretly despise you.

And it may be entirely your fault.

But, because you’re the boss and your people like getting paid, they won’t tell you.

But, here’s how you can find out for sure…

Just e-mail this article to your team members and ask them to circle any of the items list below that apply to you.

Then ask them to drop it back in your office.

Anonymously.

That’s all you need to do.

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 7 Comments »

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.

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 30 Comments »

The Unpleasant, Dark Side of HR That You Absolutely Must Embrace If You Want to Be Successful…

by Alan Collins

Here’s the brutally unpleasant dark side of being an HR professional…

No matter what you do, someone is going to criticize and distrust you — and many will hate you, even if they don’t know your name.

That’s the reality.

It comes with the territory.

And there are lots of reasons why.

First of all, if you’re doing your HR job well, your actions will directly and negatively affect the personal lives, dreams, ambitions and the livelihoods of every single employee in your organization.

That’s a fact.

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 37 Comments »

Got An HR Interview Coming Up? Here Are 7 Things Your Next Employer Is Looking For…

by Alan Collins

Question: Alan, I’ve got an HR interview coming up next week. While I’ve interviewed lots of candidates as an HR Director, I haven’t interviewed myself for an HR job in five years.  

I’m excited, but I’m nervous and apprehensive as hell now that I’m on the other side of the table.   What’s your take on what employers are really looking for these days?
            –Sarah A.

Answer:  Hi Sarah, before I answer your question, let’s first talk about your apprehension.

Everyone gets nervous before interviews. It doesn’t matter if you have twenty-years of experience in HR and have interviewed hundreds of job candidates yourself as a recruiter…when you flip over to that other side of the table as an interviewee, it can be stressful.

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 4 Comments »

The ONE Thing You Must Do To Advance Your HR Career In The Next Six Months…

By Alan Collins

I recently re-read an article about Jim Little in an old issue of Fortune magazine.

Many years ago, after graduating from college, Jim would go to his father’s office late at night after everyone had left, to use the IBM Selectric typewriter to send out resumes.

He wanted desperately to get a job in Human Resources.

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 4 Comments »

The Most Powerful Two-Letter Word for Managing Your Career in Human Resources…

by Alan Collins 

Years ago, I got a voicemail message that said…

“I’ve got a great opportunity for you!”

It was from my boss.

In his message, he went on to describe that he’d like me to take on the task of managing the two HR summer interns we had just hired.

When I hung up the phone, I was absolutely pissed. 

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 5 Comments »

The Crucial Career Lesson HR Professionals Can Learn From Caitlyn Jenner…

by Alan Collins

Do you remember:

The “not guilty” verdict for O.J. Simpson.

The World Trade Center bombings on September 11.

The historic election of Barack Obama.

I’m sure you do.

These moments were historic and rocked the world.

If you were like many of us, they opened your eyes, stirred your emotions and radically challenged your beliefs, values and biases.

Now there is another iconic moment just like these…

.…the Vanity Fair cover of Caitlyn Jenner.

Her decision at age 65 to transition publicly has generated a huge global reaction.  It has forced us all to better understand those who comprise the “T” in the LGBT community and in our workforces.

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 9 Comments »

Earning Your Seat At The Table As An HR Pro — Going From Annoying Pest To Welcome Guest…

by Alan Collins 

I’m a big fan of Dan Kennedy, the provocative author of the No BS Ruthless Guide to People & Profits.

Dan likes to tell the story of working at home, one hot summer afternoon, sitting at his kitchen counter.

With a large iced tea in hand, he was on the phone with an important client.

His doorbell rang.  And not wanting to interrupt his client, he ignored  it.

It then rang again. And again. And again.

He continued ignoring it.

Then he heard a pounding on his front door. “Damn,” he said to himself, but he continued his conversation.

A few moments later, there was banging on the sliding glass door behind him. 

At this stage it was a contest of wills. And he refused to even turn around and look.

However, the banging on the front door started up again.

Frustrated as hell, he finally excused himself from his call and went to the door to get rid of this jerk.

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 7 Comments »

How To Determine If Your HR Career Is On The Corporate Fast Track — And What To Do If It Isn’t…

By Alan Collins

Most HR professionals working in large organizations would kill to be on “the secret list.”

What list is that?

You know the one.

That coveted list of elite people known as “high potentials,” “future leaders,” or “fast trackers.”

These folks are typically identified through confidential Succession Planning or Talent Reviews sessions.  And they’re the ones that will get the first crack at promotions, plumb assignments and other career goodies.

As an HR pro, I’m sure you’re familiar with this whole process.

But here’s your dilemma…

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 4 Comments »

HR Consulting On The Side — Without Cheating On Your Day Job… 

by Alan Collins

If you ever decide to have an extramarital affair, there are some unspoken rules to abide by.

One, you sure as hell don’t want your spouse to find out…unless you have a death wish.

Two, you’re probably going to have to fabricate stories about your whereabouts from time to time to cover up your liaisons.

And three, unless you’re a total scumbag, you’ll probably need to figure out how to cope with the emotional guilt of lying, being unfaithful and leading a double life.

Clearly, the decision to do this is going to complicate things for you at home.

And while I’ve never cheated myself, I’m guessing that making these kinds of personal changes just scare most people to death.

Interestingly, many HR people seem to feel the same way about doing part-time HR consulting on the side, while holding down their full time day job.  To them, it’s tentamount to cheating on their spouse.   Because they believe it requires them to lie, be disloyal to their organization and compromise their morals and ethics.

But I disagree.

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: No Comments »

« Previous Entries