16 Powerful Sentences That Will Change Your Career in Human Resources…

by Alan Collins

The power of a single sentence is amazing.  One sentence can either make your day or ruin it.  It can change your mood or mindset.  Just a few words strung together can make a huge impact on your future.  To that end, here are 16 sentences that have guided me in my career in Human Resources — especially at times where I’ve struggled, been confused or just needed a kick in the butt.  Enjoy!


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The #1 Resume Mistake, According To Google’s Head of HR. (It’s Also The Easiest One To Correct. Hint. Hint.)

by Alan Collins

Laszio Bock, Senior VP of People Operations at Google, has personally reviewed over 20,000 resumes in his career.

And at Google, his HR group gets more than 50,000 resumes a week.

In a recent LinkedIn article, he said:

“Some resumes are brilliant…but many are absolute disasters. For 15 years, I’ve continued to see the same mistakes made over and over again  by job candidates on their resumes, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job.”

The number one mistake in his view?  It is…

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“I’ve Just Landed My First HR Consulting Gig On The Side. What’s Your Advice?”

Hi Alan,

I will be doing some HR consulting on the side.  

I wanted to know what I should charge to create a company handbook, revise new hire paperwork, including an employee application, and be available for phone consultation.

I want to be reasonable but also don’t want to cut myself short.  Any advice on what to charge and on agreements you have that you would be willing to share would be appreciated?


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Candid Career Confessions From A No Bull, Straight-Talking HR Leader

If you’re going to spend any time on this blog, you ought to know the truth about the person behind it — me.

The interview that follows will give you a better idea of my take on HR and will reveal both the good and the not-so-flattering aspects of my HR career I’ve never shared with anyone else before.

This interview was originally published awhile back on Linked:HR.  At the time, it reached  600,000 global HR professionals, which is the largest single HR network on LinkedIn.  In case you didn’t catch it the first time, here it is (along with excerpts from some other interviews I’ve done as well).

One other thing:  It’s also the longest article I’ve ever published here — and it may be much more than what you bargained for.

In any event, hopefully you’ll find every word of value.

So grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy!


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I QUIT! How To Leave Your Current HR Job Gracefully…Just In Case You Ever Want (Or Need) To Go Back

By Alan Collins

Congratulations! You just accepted a new HR position.

More money.

Better title.

Bigger responsibilities.

Way to go! I know you’re excited. You probably feel as if you could fly.

But before you get too full of yourself, here’s my advice…

Stop! Carefully plan your exit. Don’t burn any bridges.
No matter how you feel about your current job and your boss now,
you may want (or need) to return to that organization again.

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4 Simple But Deadly Career Mistakes HR Folks Make on LinkedIn — That Can Be Corrected In Minutes!

By Alan Collins

LinkedIn recently went over 300 million active users.

And in my view that makes it the #1 online career advancement tool for HR professionals.

Hands down.

Nothing else even comes close.

Estimates of professional participation in LinkedIn range as high as 83%.  So it’s the place to be if you’re in any profession, but especially if you’re in HR.

But if you’re like a few HR folks, you may be making four very simple, but costly mistakes in using it.

Here they are…

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Managing Up Without Sucking Up: Turn Your Boss Into A Powerful Ally & Advocate For Your HR Career

By Alan Collins

Converting your boss into a champion for your HR career is an absolute must if you want to progress in your current organization.

He or she determines the benchmarks for your success, influences how you’re viewed by the higher ups and can help sell you to the key decision makers.

However, you should think beyond just your immediate job.

Your boss today can also become someone that you are in touch with for the rest of your life. Sure, you’ll work for this person — probably for a short time, maybe as little as a few months or a year or two — but you should seek to build a relationship for the long run.

HR is a tight knit community of two million professionals globally with people often connecting in strange and mysterious ways.  So, you never know what role your current boss will play a part in your future, who they will put you in front of, or the job opportunities they could lead you to.

Clearly, you want to have people in your network who can speak highly of you, talk about your professional capabilities or make recommendations when you need them. And your boss can potentially be one of those people now…or twenty years from now.

So, building a productive relationship with him or her is a no-brainer and should be high on your priority list.

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FREE EBOOK: 22 Ways To Boost Employee Engagement — Get Your Copy Now!

by Alan Collins

Tim Eisenhauer has authored an absolutely fantastic, easy-to-read, 99-page FREE ebook packed with information from some of the best workplaces in America.

And he’s giving it away – with no strings attached.  I’m usually very picky on what I recommend on this blog — but this is a no brainer.

This is a “must add” to your HR library and if you get ONE itty-bitty idea from it, it’s worth every penny of your investment, which is nothing.

As an HR pro, one of the most important roles you can play is to collaborate with your managers and help them enhance the results they get from their people and drive higher levels of employee engagement.

This e-book covers 22 best practices from companies like Google, Zappos and SAS that will instantly help you increase employee engagement in your company and covers topics such as:

And besides all that, it’s fun to read!  So, if you intend to keep up with your competitors, keep your best people, and attract new talent, you must do what it takes to help your employees thrive.

TO GET YOUR COPY:  All you have to do is click HERE, provide your contact information and it’s yours.  I’d do it right now before Tim comes to his senses and slaps a $25 price tag on this.



About the author: Alan Collins is Founder of Success in HR, Inc. and the author of a variety of best selling books for HR professionals including such as UNWRITTEN HR RULES and HR RESUME SECRETS.  He was formerly Vice President – Human Resources at PepsiCo where he led HR initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.

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The “A” Factor – The Strategy For Getting Ahead Faster in Your HR Career!

by Alan Collins

Before I tell you what the “A” factor is, let me share the true story of two HR leaders.

Their names: Colleen and Karen.

They are very much alike.

Both currently work for the same company, but in different divisions.

Both are brilliant.

Both have graduate degrees in HR.  Both have SPHR certifications.  And both have roughly equivalent HR, leadership and business skills (at least in my view).

However, Colleen has struggled for seven years just to stay employed in HR. Even though she is extremely bright, she has progressed very little, if any, financially and career-wise during those years.  She constantly looks over her shoulder fearing that the ax could fall on her job at any moment.

Karen started in HR six years ago. She’s been promoted three times during this time and her career has grown by leaps and bounds.   She’s now preparing to leave the “comfort” (probably the wrong word, but you know what I mean) of a large corporation to go off on her own as an independent HR consultant.  And, I absolutely have no doubt she’ll be successful.

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8 Ways To Make Employers and Great HR Job Opportunities Come To You..

by Alan Collins

The best organizations and recruiters pride themselves on being seek out and find top HR talent. 

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

As an alternative, what about flipping the script?

What about positioning yourself so that the odds in your favor that YOU are the one they call with their next terrific HR opportunity.


Well, here you go — eight ways you can make that happen:

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