How To Give Insanely Great HR Presentations…And 37 Things You Should Avoid At All Costs!

by Alan Collins

Public speaking and giving talks in your HR area of expertise is one of the fastest ways for you to promote yourself and advance your HR career.

I was reminded of this when I was recently asked to give a 30 minute talk to a group of 20 senior HR executives in Chicago.

Since I was only given a few days notice, I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare.

So I followed my “simple formula” for giving great 30 minute presentations…

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12 Ways You Inspire Me As An HR Professional…


By Alan Collins

You are an HR professional.
You help organizations get better results through people.
That’s why you get paid.
It’s a noble calling.
So stick your chest out and wear that badge proudly.
You may not think so, but you are an inspiration to at least one person.
You are an inspiration to me.

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Hate Your HR Job? Here Are 5 Great Reasons You Should NOT Leave…Yet!

by Alan Collins

In the book Acres of Diamonds, author Russell Conwell tells one of the most famous stories in the world.

And, it  contains an important lesson for you as an HR pro — especially if you’re thinking about leaving your current job in human resources.

If you’re not familiar with this book, it tells the story of Ali Hafed, a wealthy farmer in ancient Persia.

Ali Hafed was living his dream life on own farm until he was visited by a Buddhist priest.  The priest told him that with a handful of diamonds, instead of a farm, he could own his very own country.

That night Al Hafed went to bed restless because, despite his wealth, he suddenly felt poor. The next day, Ali hurried back to the priest who told him about these diamonds and asked him where he could find them.

The priest told Ali if he could find a river that runs through white sands, between high mountains, in those white sands he would always find diamonds.

With these instructions in mind, Ali sold his farm and all of his possessions and went in search of diamonds.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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. 

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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.

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