How To Make A Disastrous HR Job More Exciting, Enjoyable & Fulfilling…Without Calling It Quits!

by Alan Collins

“Sarah” (not her real name) was one of the most knowledgeable employee benefits directors I ever worked with.

However, during the last few years of her 30-year career in HR, she had developed a reputation for being sarcastic, bitter and for pissing people off.

Sadly, when she decided to retire, very few of her colleagues asked about her future plans.

They didn’t give a rip.

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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.

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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I Sneaked Out of a SHRM Meeting & Changed My Career in HR. Here’s the Story.

by Alan Collins

This was 2006.

A cold day in January.

I was attending a local SHRM meeting in a downtown Chicago hotel.

I’d paid $35 to attend a session on something to do with HR technology. Frankly, I don’t remember the exact topic.

However, down the hall from the SHRM session was a free seminar being put on called: “Creating Multiple Streams of Income in Your Spare Time.” I remember that title exactly.

Intrigued, I left the SHRM session, walked down the hall, snuck into this seminar instead and quietly took a seat in the back of the room to see what this was all about.

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7 Ways To Build Amazing Credibility With Your HR Clients & Business Leaders — Fast!

By Alan Collins

Building your credibility with your clients is one of the most important things you can do to advance your career in HR. 

Knowing the business cold, talking the language of your leaders, customizing your ideas and solutions so they meet your client’s needs…not yours – are just a few of the actions you should take to make this happen.

And all this starts with doing the homework.  To that end, here are 7 ways to do the groundwork necessary to build your knowledge of the business and your credibility in HR:

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My Secret Weapon for Giving Insanely Great HR Presentations (and 37 Things to Avoid)!

by Alan Collins

Public speaking and giving talks in your HR area of expertise is one of the fastest ways for you to promote yourself and advance your HR career.

I was reminded of this when I was recently asked to give a 30 minute talk to a group of 20 senior HR executives in Chicago.

Since I was only given a few days notice, I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare.

So I followed my “simple formula” for giving great 30 minute presentations…

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HR’s “Secret List” — How To Tell If You’re On It & What To Do If You Aren’t!

By Alan Collins

Most HR professionals working in large organizations would kill to be on “the secret list.”

What list is that?

You know the one.

That coveted list of elite people known as “high potentials,” “future leaders,” or “fast trackers.”

These folks are typically identified through confidential Succession Planning or Talent Reviews sessions.  And they’re the ones that will get the first crack at promotions, plumb assignments and other career goodies.

As an HR pro, I’m sure you’re familiar with this whole process.

But here’s your dilemma…

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“I’ve Just Landed My First HR Consulting Gig On The Side. What’s Your Advice?”

Hi Alan,

For the first time, I’m going to be doing some HR consulting on the side. 

What I should charge to create a company handbook, revise new hire paperwork, including an online employee application…and be available for phone consultation?

I want to be reasonable but also don’t want to cut myself short.  Any advice on what to charge and on agreements you have that you would be willing to share would be appreciated?

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