How To Determine If Your HR Career Is On The Corporate Fast Track — And What To Do If It Isn’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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HR Consulting On The Side — Without Cheating On Your Day Job… 

by Alan Collins

If you ever decide to have an extramarital affair, there are some unspoken rules to abide by.

One, you sure as hell don’t want your spouse to find out…unless you have a death wish.

Two, you’re probably going to have to fabricate stories about your whereabouts from time to time to cover up your liaisons.

And three, unless you’re a total scumbag, you’ll probably need to figure out how to cope with the emotional guilt of lying, being unfaithful and leading a double life.

Clearly, the decision to do this is going to complicate things for you at home.

And while I’ve never cheated myself, I’m guessing that making these kinds of personal changes just scare most people to death.

Interestingly, many HR people seem to feel the same way about doing part-time HR consulting on the side, while holding down their full time day job.  To them, it’s tentamount to cheating on their spouse.   Because they believe it requires them to lie, be disloyal to their organization and compromise their morals and ethics.

But I disagree.

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7 Ways To Become Awesome in HR…

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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Stuck In An HR Job You Hate, But Can’t Leave Yet? Then, Do This…

by Alan Collins

“Hey, somebody come help! I’m stuck!”

That’s what I said a few minutes after boarding an elevator in a high-rise building in Chicago.

Exhausted from a brutal day at work, I had caught the elevator as it headed twelve floors down to the main level.

However, it didn’t make it.

It stopped on the sixth floor, but the doors didn’t open.

I pressed all the buttons on the control panel including the red emergency button.

It rang.
And rang.
And rang.
But nothing.

I sat there tired and helpless.

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How To Make Yourself Compelling and Memorable in Your Next HR Job Interview…

by Alan Collins

The Three Bears
Snow White
Hansel & Gretel
The Three Little Pigs

What do these all have in common?

They are all short stories.

Stories that we fondly remember from our childhood. Each of these stories are different and unique.

Even after decades, I’ll bet if you were pressed you could remember the essence of each these stories.

The same is true of conveying a good story in HR interviews. 

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How To Endanger Your HR Career By Making Rip Van Winkle Mistakes…

by Alan Collins

You may remember the story of Rip Van Winkle.

He was was the fictional character in the famous short story who went to sleep before the American War of Independence.

Weary one night, as the tale goes, Rip put his head down for just a moment.

And he stayed asleep for 20 years.

When he woke up, he missed the war, the death of his wife, the marriage of his daughter and the birth of his grandson.

He had no clue where all the time went.

This can happen to you too as an HR professional.

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Brutally Candid Feedback: Why It’s Crucial To Your Success in HR…

by Alan Collins

As a kid, I remember my mom rubbing antiseptic ointment onto my bloodied knee after falling off my bike.

“It hurts!” I sobbed.

“That means it’s working,” she said wisely.

Sometimes what’s good for you hurts a little too. And getting brutally candid feedback about your job performance is one of those things.

Feedback can be uncomfortable and often stings.

It’s never easy hearing it, even if it’s constructive. Some people fear getting the direct, unsugarcoated, “in-your-face” brand of honesty. Their egos get in the way of digesting it and acting on it.

However, if you want to advance your career in HR, getting this kind of feedback is absolutely indispensable.

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

By Alan Collins

LinkedIn recently went over 300 million active users.

And in my view that makes it 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 if you’re in any profession, but especially if you’re in HR.

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

Here they are…

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How To Rebound From Missed Career Opportunities in Human Resources…

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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HR Resume Bullet Points — 3 Reasons Why Yours Suck & Prevent You From Getting Interviews

by Alan Collins

20 seconds.

That’s all the time it takes to lace up your workout shoes.

That’s all the time it takes to gargle once with mouthwash.

That’s all the time it takes to leave a brief voice mail message.

And, according to CareerBuilder, twenty seconds is all the time your resume has too…

If you want it to impress a time-strapped recruiter who is swamped with them!

On average, recruiters get 500 resumes for a typical HR position. So they review them fast. To make the cut, yours needs to attract attention immediately.

And this is where the bullets points in your resume come in.

Your bullet points are eye candy.

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