What’s Your Biggest HR Career Mistake? Here’s Mine.

by Alan Collins

Super honest question time:

In the spirit of openness and brutal honesty, here’s mine.

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HR Director Fired After “Good” Performance Review — And How To Avoid This Happening To You!

by Alan Collins

Last year, a senior HR director friend of mine was fired after her year-end performance review. 

What was especially brutal was her boss’ overall evaluation of her performance.

She had been rated a “3” on her company’s 5-point scale, which was “good.”

And she was further informed that her performance was “solid” and that everything was okay.

Knowing that, she signed off on the review.

So, she was blindsided beyond belief when she was
called back in a few weeks later…and given the pink slip! 

To be totally honest, she knew her performance wasn’t stellar.

But she was devastated by this news and clearly didn’t think she’d get whacked.

Matters became worse when she was told by her boss that, after discussing the company’s financial troubles with the higher ups, THEY (not he) decided to eliminate her job.

They agreed she was doing a good job.  But they didn’t feel that SHE…as well as THE JOB she was in..was adding enough value to the business.

Read that last sentence again.

Good performance wasn’t enough.  It wasn’t a performance issue.  It was just time to whack her job.  And her.

And her manager blamed the decision on his bosses.

Yeah, right…

What a spineless, freakin’ wimp!

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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 Horrible Mistake Just About Everyone in HR Makes in Choosing a Mentor…

by Alan Collins

I’ve never, ever met a successful HR leader who hasn’t had at least TWO influential mentors in their lives.

HR professionals that have mentors have an edge over those that don’t.

They perform better on the job.

They get promoted more quickly.

They earn higher salaries.

And they report more job and career satisfaction.

However, the #1 biggest mistake I see most HR folks make when selecting a mentor is that…

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14 Subtle Little Cues That You’re About To Lose Your HR Job…And What To Do About Them!

By Alan Collins

No one in HR immune from getting fired. 

Sometimes the reasons are within your control.  Sometimes they’re not.

The key is to recognize the early warning signs so that you can take control of the situation as soon as possible.

Early in my career, I was doing some work for my boss, the HR director at the time, when we were about to present an offer to an executive job candidate.

But he called me into his office that afternoon and told me: “I can’t go through with this offer…and I can’t do this job anymore.” 

I was shocked and just a bit confused.

He then got up and closed the door to give us both some privacy.

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What Is Your HR Super Power? Here Are The Seven In Most Demand By Today’s Business Leaders.

by Alan Collins

I confess being a big fan of superhero movies.

I love the special effects and the thrilling stories that keep you on the edge of your seat.

But what really fascinates me most are the unique super powers the heroes use to fight the bad guys.

Superman can fly into action.
Spider Man can crawl up walls.
Batman has all the latest technology to save the day.
Wonder Woman has her magic lasso if the truth needs to come out.

Interesting, the phrase “super power” is increasingly being used at HR conferences and in the career management circles.

I’m hearing it tossed around more and more as people refer to their skills, talents and competencies as their super power.

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The 14 Most Valuable Job Experiences For Accelerating Your HR Career…

by Alan Collins

According to SHRM, there are 2 million HR jobs on planet earth.

However, I believe there are only 14 job assignments and experiences that will grow your career the MOST in HR.

These are those critical few experiences that are indispensable and that you should aim to add to your resume over time. 

If one of these opportunities is presented to you, take it in a New York minute!  Because the more of them you have, the more valuable you become in your career.

That said, here they are.  The 14 most important job assignments and experiences that you should look to collect and accumulate over time.

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Want even more inspirational tips, strategies and ideas for getting ahead in HR?  Then check out: WINNING BIG IN HR: 100+ Powerful Strategies For Accomplishing Great Results Faster & Getting Your Clients To Rave About You As A Human Resources Professional!   For more detailed information about this book, go HERE.

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 WINNING BIG IN HR.  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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