The Awesome Power of Standing Up For Yourself in HR

by Alan Collins

Years ago, I made an honest, but frustrating mistake many HR professionals make.

It was one that taught me the value of standing up for yourself and sticking to your guns — when you  know you’re right.

It occurred when a hiring executive called me and wanted me to make an offer to an outstanding engineering candidate.

The position had been tough to fill.  We’d been searching for months and interviewed tons of candidates.  But we had finally landed our person.

I called the candidate. Made a verbal offer of $130K plus our standard bonus and benefit package.  The candidate was overjoyed and he verbally accepted over the phone. Everything clicked.

Except one thing.

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No HR Job Offers? Here Are 7 Things Your Interviewers Know, But Aren’t Telling You!

by Alan Collins

Are you getting interviews but no offers?

While it’s great to get invited in to interview for your HR dream job, it’s a bummer if afterwards they don’t SHOW YOU THE MONEY!

However, let’s face it.  You’re not likely to get every single HR job for which you interview.  Some jobs are meant for you and some jobs aren’t.

But, when you habitually get overlooked when it comes to job offers, or even second interviews, it’s time to step back and figure out where you have room to improve.

The simplest way to find out why you’re not getting offers is to just call up the people you interviewed with and get feedback from them.   Easy to do, right?  Yes, it is…


Here’s why:   
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Ever Missed Out On A Great Career Opportunity in HR? Here’s What You Should Do Next.

by Alan Collins

“Are you crazy?”

That was Art’s reaction when his close friend, Walter tried to convince him to buy some vacant land.

And who could blame him. After all, this land was located 25 miles off the main highway.

And there was absolutely nothing there — besides a few trees, a broken down fence and couple of horses grazing.

However, Walter begged Art to reconsider.

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Elevating Your HR Career — The ONE Thing You Must Do In 2016 To Make It Your Best Year Yet…

By Alan Collins

Five HR people are sitting in a conference room.

Two decide to go to the CEO to present their new breakthrough idea for improving employee retention.

Question:  How many HR folks are left in that conference room?

The answer may surprise you.

It’s FIVE!
Five people are still there.

Explanation: Deciding is not DOING!

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26 Tips For Stepping Up Your HR Career in 2016…

by Alan Collins

It’s that time again.

2016 is NOW upon us.

Now is the time to DECIDE what you want to accomplish in the New Year.

Yes, right now.

But you shouldn’t just make any old kind of flimsy commitments.

What are the initiatives that you will tackle in 2016 that can REALLY take your HR career to the next level?

Stuck for ideas?  Not sure where to start?

No problem.

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12 Steps To Take BEFORE You Lose Your HR Job…

by Alan Collins

About to lose your HR job?

Welcome to the group.

Thousands of HR folks have been laid off in the last year.

Even though there have been positive strides in our economy, even more of our HR colleagues may lose their jobs before the year is officially over.

In fact, if you’ve ever seen the classic movie, Up In The Air (with George Clooney &  Anna Kendrick pictured above), you were brutally reminded of one indisputable fact…

When the ax falls, most people are caught completely
by surprise…are NOT PREPARED!

There’s an important message in this movie for HR professionals:  if YOU are getting downsized or fired from your own HR job, chances are you WON’T know about it beforehand.

You will not be warned.

You won’t know about it until happens…even if you’re in charge of all company layoffs yourself.

Sure you can pick up on little clues.  But whether there are clues or not, you do NOT want to be caught without a game plan.

So, with that in mind, here are 12 steps to follow if you think you’re about to get let go…

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Get Your Copy of HR INTERVIEW SECRETS Today!

by Alan Collins

For 8 months, I’ve been working quietly behind the scenes on my eighth book (pictured left).

It’s been an exhausting process.

But the book is finally done.

I notified my subscribers about it a few days ago, and now we’re going public and letting the readers of Success in HR know about it…


But first, let me give you the scoop on the book.

It has been developed to be an “HR career game changer”

And, I will say without hesitation that — while the topic is not new — there is nothing else like it for HR professionals!

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How To Make A Name For Yourself In HR in 3 Simple Steps!

By Alan Collins

This week I got two requests to speak at HR conferences.

One I turned down because it didn’t fit my schedule. The other I’ll definitely do because it’s in a fantastic location, even if it does involve boarding a plane, which I absolutely despise.

Both came from local SHRM program committee leaders I’d never seen, talked to or met before.

I get these requests often and wind up turning down 95% of them.

Let me be clear:  I don’t share any of this to brag. But rather to illustrate the importance of making a name for yourself in HR.

But not the kind of name that first pops into your mind.

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25 Deadly Ways Your HR Department Quietly Kills It’s Credibility…And What You Can Do About It!

By Alan Collins

Every Thanksgiving our family gathers at my dad’s for dinner.

With relatives and guests, 25-30 people typically attend.  And this year will be no exception.

Last year, one of my cousins from Michigan joined us for the first time. He hadn’t seen us in years.

After dinner, while watching the football game, he shared with me some observations about our family dynamics and behavior at dinner.

He noticed for example: Where people sat.  How quickly people ate.  The kinds of conversations that occurred.  Who seemed be uncomfortable. Who really didn’t want to be there.  Who kept discussions going.  Who seemed to have hidden agendas.  And what different family member beliefs were on topics like sports, politics, religion and sex.

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