27 Insanely Great Ideas For Taking Your HR Career To The Next Level in 2018…

by Alan Collins

It’s that time again.

We’re now a few days into 2018.

What will you do specifically to drive your HR career forward this year?

Now’s the time to plan to make this year your BEST year yet.

Stuck for ideas on what to do?

No problem.

I’m going to give you 27 ideas to consider. 

They’re not new.  I first presented 20 of them two years ago.

But I’ve added MORE to the list and ENHANCED many of  them so that they’re even more actionable.

Here’s the deal:  Pick two of them and start making things happen.

Here you go: 27 ideas, any one of which — if achieved —  will easily place you among the top 5% of all HR professionals and make 2018 a year you’ll never forget.

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Two Sneaky Tips For Nailing Your Next HR Interview — Before You Even Enter The Room…

by Alan Collins

You’ve done it!

You’ve landed an interview for your HR dream job and it’s now time to seal the deal.

So how do you prepare?

To find the answer, I tapped into my HR network of interviewers from a couple of today’s most coveted companies.

I tried to dig up insights beyond the typical “have a firm handshake” and the “dress for success” tips that everyone knows about.

Below you’ll find two quick tips to help you before you even walk into your interview sessions…

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4 Deadly Mistakes HR Folks Make on LinkedIn — That Can Be Corrected In 5 Minutes or Less!

By Alan Collins

LinkedIn recently went over 450 million active professional users.

And in my view that STILL makes your profile on LinkedIn…

the best business card
on the planet for HR pros! 

Hands down.  Nothing else even comes close.

So you absolutely, positively MUST be on Linkedin compellingly if you want to attract more opportunities to advance your career — especially if you’re in HR.

But if you’re like a few human resources folks, you may be making four very simple, but costly mistakes in maximizing your Linkedin presence.

Here they are…

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7 HR Career Regrets You Must Bury Before 2017 Ends….

By Alan Collins

Everyone has regrets.

Especially when it comes to our careers in HR.

We all make mistakes we wish we could take back.

We all have things we wish we could do over.

We all have things we wish we could we could have done differently.

However, as this year comes to a close, it’s time to do a reset for next year.

And to do that here are seven career regrets you absolutely need to bury and let go of in 2017if you want to have a phenomenal 2018!

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Not Getting Promoted in HR? Here’s What Your Boss Knows But Isn’t Telling You…

by Alan Collins

Jim always seemed to get the big promotions in HR.

When we worked together at Quaker Oats, I watched in awe as he steadily moved up the HR ladder.

From afar, I thought he was an absolute genius.

Then, one day, he became my boss and I learned his REAL secret.

Yes, he was a bright and inspirational HR professional.

Yes, he knew the business cold.  Better than many of our general managers.

Yes, of course, he worked hard and got things done.

Yes, he had built a reputation as a terrific leader, manager and coach for his HR team.

Yes, his clients, his peers and the higher ups all loved him.

And while all of these factors helped him, in his mind, they weren’t the key reason for his success in HR.

I learned this when, one day over lunch, I asked him for some career advice.

And in response, he candidly shared something most managers know…but I believe rarely tell their people.   

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The Day I Was Forced To Fire My HR Staff…And What I Learned About Change!

by Alan Collins

Years ago, I was forced to downsize my HR team by 10%.

This meant firing six talented folks that I had worked with for years.

Their performance results were terrific.

I knew their families.

I had bonded with them personally.

We had enjoyed lots of great times together.

So this was going to be tough.  I hated it.  Didn’t want to do it.  And I pushed back hard on the decision.

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Why Networking in HR Doesn’t Work Anymore (And What You Should Do Instead)…

By Alan Collins

Let me make a confession.

Networking is a pain.

And if you’re like me, you’re probably horrible at it.

So, I don’t do it anymore.

But that doesn’t stop me from reaching out to meet new people who can help me advance my career and interests in HR.

Hey, wait a second, you might say….isn’t that networking?

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