Three Global Leaders Share 22 Minutes of Sheer HR Brilliance…

by Alan Collins

While scrambling to finish up a project for a client, I stumbled across the three awesome videos on YouTube — that every HR pro should watch.

I’ve posted them below.

It’ll take you just 22 minutes to view all three.

But the insights you’ll learn about HR’s role and what we bring to the table…are simply BRILLIANT!  

So go grab your favorite beverage and check them out.

If you’re busy right now, bookmark this page and come back when you have time.  But DO watch them.  Even if you’ve seen these before, view them again. Or share them with your HR colleagues. Or your boss.  Or pick out a couple to spice up your next HR meeting.

In any event, check them out below and ENJOY!

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Here’s How To Help Your Boss & Sabotage Your HR Career — In 5 Seconds or Less!

By Alan Collins

A great way to build a terrific relationship with your boss is to help and support him.

That’s no secret.

Bail him out of jams.

Be his advocate.

Defend him to others.

However, sometimes your boss REALLY doesn’t want your stinking help.  

Even if he tells you beforehand that he does! 

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An Insanely Powerful Way To Distinguish Yourself in HR…

by Alan Collins

Microwave ovens.
Fast food joints.
Amazon overnight delivery.
Buying tickets online.
Mobile phones.
Uber.

What do these six things have in common?

If you think about it, it’s obvious.

They’re all SHORTCUTS.

They help us get what we want faster, better or cheaper.

We love shortcuts like these because we’re super-busy HR pros and we don’t have the time to deal with all the crap that comes at us every day.

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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.   

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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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Own It! The Best Networking Advice You’ll Ever Get…

by Alan Collins

I’m plowing through Sallie Krawcheck’s new book, Own It: The Power of Women at Work. 

Sallie is CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, an online investment platform aimed at women.  

According to the Huffington Post, Sallie at one time was widely considered the most powerful woman on Wall Street.  Nevertheless, she was fired twice from high-profile banking jobs partly, she believes, because she was a woman.

In Own It, she is brutally candid about her experiences and is a must read!

However, the #1 value you’ll gain from her book are the terrific insights for managing your career, playing to your strengths and building on the power you already have.  

I highly recommend it.  Whether you’re a woman or a man.  Whether you’re in HR or not.

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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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How To Deal With Missed Opportunities in HR…

by Alan Collins

Ten years ago, a student at Harvard invited 5 people over to his dorm room to discuss a business opportunity.

Only 2 of the 5 people showed up.

Today, those two people are billionaires.

Dustin Moskovitz is worth $9.9 Billion and Eduardo Saverin $5.8 Billion.

And the guy they met that night?

You got it!  

It was Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, whose current net worth is: $35.7 Billion.

The point:  There’s nothing more expensive than a missed opportunity.

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