The Unpleasant, Dark Side of HR That You Absolutely Must Embrace If You Want to Be Successful…

by Alan Collins

Here’s the brutally unpleasant dark side of being an HR professional…

No matter what you do, someone is going to criticize and distrust you — and many will hate you, even if they don’t know your name.

That’s the reality.

It comes with the territory.

And there are lots of reasons why.

First of all, if you’re doing your HR job well, your actions will directly and negatively affect the personal lives, dreams, ambitions and the livelihoods of every single employee in your organization.

That’s a fact.

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Has Your HR Career Has Fallen Off The Fast Track? How To Tell & What To Do About It…

By Alan Collins

Most HR professionals working in corporate America would kill to be on “the list.”

What list?

You know the one.

That coveted list of elite individuals known as “high potentials,” “rising stars,” “fast trackers,” or “key successors.”

Most medium to large organizations maintain this kind of secret list. On it are the chosen ones — those seen as clearly promotable one or two levels beyond their current HR role and identified through Succession Planning or Talent Reviews held every year.

These are the people that will get the first crack at promotions, plumb assignments and are slated to get fast tracked through the organization.

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

But here’s your dilemma…

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2 Simple But Deadly Career Mistakes HR Folks Make on LinkedIn — That Can Be Corrected In Minutes!

By Alan Collins

LinkedIn is the #1 online career advancement tool for HR professionals.  Hands down.  Nothing else even comes close.

Estimates of professional participation in LinkedIn range as high as 83%.  So it’s the place to be.

But if you’re like a few HR folks, you may be making two very simple, but costly mistakes in using it.

Here they are…

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How To Become An Expert In Just About Anything in HR – Fast!

by Alan Collins

Years ago I was passed over for a promotion in HR because I lacked labor relations experience.

While I had some experience, it wasn’t enough.

I was “too light.”

The hiring manager knew it.

And I knew it.

I didn’t get pissed off, because it was true.

And there was no whining.  No drama.  No debate.

But I decided to do something about it.

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Stop Being Mediocre! How To Become Awesome in Human Resources…

by Alan Collins

When you gain a reputation as someone who is awesome in HR, a lot of things become irrelevant.

It won’t matter how much HR experience you have.

It won’t matter what college you went to.

It won’t matter what degree you have.

It won’t matter whether you’re HR certified or not.

No one will give a crap about that stuff.  Instead, they will be spellbound by your awesomeness.

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How To Give Insanely Great HR Presentations…And 37 Things You Should Avoid At All Costs!

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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Worried About Getting Fired? Here’s How To Create Your Own Job Security in HR…

by Alan Collins 

Awhile back, when Marissa Mayer (pictured left) left Google and joined Yahoo as the new CEO, she did something significant. 

Shortly after she took over, the long-time VP of HR, David Windley left the organization by “mutual agreement.”

Following him out the door was his #2 HR exec, Talent Acquisition Leader Grant Bassett.

Why did the CEO make these moves?

Because she could.

That’s what you do when you’re the new leader and the stock price is in the toilet.

And your biggest competitor (Google) is kicking your butt.

And everyone says your culture is all screwed up.

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Lying On Your Resume: 3 HR People Who Did It, Got Caught & How To Avoid Their Fate

by Alan Collins

Clearly, most HR pros see lots of resumes and are more familiar than most with the hiring process.

So one might think they would be the least likely to lie on their resumes.

However, that may not be so.

Based on discussions I’ve had with hiring authorities in a variety of organizations, HR folks are no different than those in any other profession.

They spin, misrepresent facts and lie on their resumes too.

I’m not surprised.

Personally, in my career, I’ve encountered an uncomfortable number of HR folks who fibbed on their resumes. However, three specific individuals stand out in my mind because: (a) they got caught and (b) I was personally involved as part of the decision made by the recruiting committee.

Here are those cases (with the names disguised to protect the guilty):

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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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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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