26 HR Career-Boosting Moves You Still Have Time To Make in 2016…

by Alan Collins

It’s that time again.

It’s the end of September and we’re almost 75% of the way through 2016.

Have you taken the actions necessary to drive your HR career forward this year.

If not, it’s not too late.

Stuck for ideas?

Not sure what you should be going after?

No problem.

I’m going to give you 26 ideas to consider.  They’re not new.  I first presented them nine months ago.  But I’ve updated a few of them to make them more actionable.

However, most of them are still brain-dead simple.

A couple are completely out-of-the box.

Many of them take some work.

But all of them absolutely kick butt.

Here’s the deal:  Pick two of them and start making things happen.  You’ve still got time.

Here you go: 26 ideas, any one of which — if achieved —  will easily place you among the top 5% of all HR professionals and make 2016 a year you’ll never forget.

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4 Ways To Create Your Own Luck & Advance Your Career in HR…

by Alan Collins

“Damn!  Another early morning HR presentation.”

That’s what Mike muttered under his breath as he slowly climbed out bed at 5 am.

He had given three presentations to different business groups around Miami.

And this would be the tenth one he’d given in the last year.

He was tired, but excited at the same time.

He had promised his good friend Cynthia, president of the local SHRM chapter, that he’d help her out.  She had lined him up yet again to give his presentation on: “The Top 10 Ways To Use Social Media To Attract Top Talent.”   

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4 Disgusting Frauds Who Are Faking It in Human Resources…

By Alan Collins

Getting into Stanford University’s world-class MBA program is tough and impossibly competitive.

To win admission, you’ve got to beat out thousands of exceptional candidates and submit a 750-word essay about “What matters.”

So what matters to Stanford?

According to alumni ambassador, Heriberto Diarte, it’s: “People who have strong values, authentic and who want to have a positive impact on the world.” 

Why is that? Because Stanford wants to turn out MBA high achievers that will leave their mark on the planet. And they recognize that it starts with folks are authentic, who are confident and comfortable in their own skin, don’t hide who they are, who are unafraid to stand up for what they believe.

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HR Professionals: Stop Hiding Behind Your iPad…

by Alan Collins

Awhile back,
I had lunch with a former colleague who just got canned from an HR director’s job. 

He was a week into his search for a new HR gig when I asked him what approach he was using.

He said he was…

-Visiting online job sites
-Applying for open positions online
-Searching the career blogs
-Reading online articles on finding a job
-Scouring for job leads on google
-Tweeting
-And networking on LinkedIn.

Noticing a pretty obvious theme here, I asked him, what else are you doing, and he said, “that’s it.”

“Wrong answer!” I replied.

And since he was a good buddy (and someone I cared about) and could talk straight with, I went ahead and let him have it.

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How To Make A Disastrous HR Job More Exciting, Enjoyable & Fulfilling…Without Calling It Quits!

by Alan Collins

“Sarah” (not her real name) was one of the most knowledgeable employee benefits directors I ever worked with.

However, during the last few years of her 30-year career in HR, she had developed a reputation for being sarcastic, bitter and for pissing people off.

Sadly, when she decided to retire, very few of her colleagues asked about her future plans.

They didn’t give a rip.

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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.

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I Sneaked Out of a SHRM Meeting & Changed My Career in HR. Here’s the Story.

by Alan Collins

This was 2006.

A cold day in January.

I was attending a local SHRM meeting in a downtown Chicago hotel.

I’d paid $35 to attend a session on something to do with HR technology. Frankly, I don’t remember the exact topic.

However, down the hall from the SHRM session was a free seminar being put on called: “Creating Multiple Streams of Income in Your Spare Time.” I remember that title exactly.

Intrigued, I left the SHRM session, walked down the hall, snuck into this seminar instead and quietly took a seat in the back of the room to see what this was all about.

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