Sidehustling — A New HR Career Model Your Boss Won’t Tell You About

by Alan Collins

In today’s up and down economy, there’s a new career model emerging that’s operating under the radar.

You won’t read about in Workforce magazine, HR Executive or find as a topic at any SHRM meeting.

And when your boss sits down to talk about your performance or your career, I guarantee he won’t bring it up either.

It’s called sidehustling and here’s how I stumbled on to it.

A buddy of mine who is an HR director in Chicago recently informed me that he was taking an advanced online class on how to sell stuff on eBay.

Totally shocked and just a bit curious, I asked him:

“Why the heck are you wasting time taking a class on eBay when you could be using the time instead to take a class on talent retention, health care cost containment or how to leverage social media in HR?  Those are the hot topics right now for HR…wouldn’t those be better for your HR career?”

“Sure, but hey,” he replied passionately, “Doing the ebay thing is my side hustle to put a little more cash in my pocket.   I absolutely love HR to death, but the health care company I work for is in trouble and has eliminated merit increases entirely for this year and I can use the extra income.   This advanced ebay class is going to help me do that.”

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5 Simple Truths You Absolutely Can’t Forget When Climbing The Ladder of Success In HR…

by Alan Collins

Truth #1 – Your HR credentials mean nothing …without ACTION.

Laurie Reiuttemann in her article, What the Hell is an SPHR?  tells the story about getting career coaching from her boss.

He told her that if she wanted to be taken seriously in HR, that she should go get SPHR certified.

So she did.

The whole process took her about nine weeks.

The result: Nobody on her job cared one hoot that she passed the exam.

In my case, when I left Purdue with my masters in Industrial Relations, I felt on top of the world.   And, in my first real HR job, I didn’t hesitate to tout my business school credentials.

And, like Laurie, I found out nobody gave a rip.

In fact, the more I talked about grad school, the more people ignored me.

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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.

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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10 Powerful Sentences That Have Guided My Career in Human Resources…

by Alan Collins

The power of a single sentence is amazing.  One sentence can either make your day or ruin it.  It can change your mood or mindset.  Just a few words strung together can make a huge impact on your future.  To that end, here are 10 sentences that have guided me in my career in Human Resources — especially at times where I’ve struggled, been confused or just needed a kick in the butt.  Enjoy!










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HR Competencies – The 15 Most Powerful Skills For Success in Human Resources

by Alan Collins

When you have 90 seconds, check out the video below (be sure to turn up the volume!).  It lays out my very jaded perspective on 15 key competencies needed for HR success.   However, I’d love to get your feedback.  What do you think is the ONE single most important skill or competency for success in HR? Yes, I know HR success is a mix of a lot of factors.  But what’s your opinion – is there ONE key skill that is more important than all others?  Post your answer HERE with your rationale.   See if others agree.   C’mon join in the fun!

About the author: Alan Collins is Founder of Success in HR  and the author of the HR best sellers, UNWRITTEN HR RULES  and BEST KEPT HR SECRETS.   He was formerly Vice President – Human Resources at PepsiCo where he led HR initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.  His most recent book, WINNING BIG IN HR, is now available on Amazon.

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9 Ways To Get Yourself Headhunted in Human Resources

by Alan Collins

The best HR recruiters, headhunters and executive search firms pride themselves on being able to find you.

The only problem is they never seem to call when you MOST want to be found.

So what do you do if you want to get headhunted?

Well, you can reach out and start contacting them yourself.

But, that’s typically what only the most desperate, out-of-work HR candidates do.   So that isn’t such a great strategy if you truly want to separate yourself from the rest of the pack.

As an alternative, what about flipping the script?  What about positioning yourself so they contact you?  Interested?

Well, here you go…nine ways to make that happen:

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Why Networking in Human Resources 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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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 hate. 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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One Brutal Truth That Will Make You A Better HR Professional in 2014…

By Alan Collins

Don’t read this if your HR career is going great.

Enjoy the rest of your day, this article isn’t for you.

But it’s still early in 2014…and if you want to make this year your BEST YEAR YET in HR…then there is one brutally harsh truth you must embrace.

Here it is…

Your organization has it’s hands out…and it only
cares what it can get from you!

Confused?  Don’t be.

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