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 despise.

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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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.  And this year will be no exception.

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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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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The #1 Resume Mistake, According To Google’s Head of HR. (It’s Also The Easiest One To Correct. Hint. Hint.)

by Alan Collins

Laszlo Bock, Senior VP of People Operations at Google, has personally reviewed over 20,000 resumes in his career.

And at Google, his HR group gets more than 50,000 resumes a week.

In a recent LinkedIn article, he said:

“Some resumes are brilliant…but many are absolute disasters. For 15 years, I’ve continued to see the same mistakes made over and over again  by job candidates on their resumes, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job.”

The number one mistake in his view?  It is…

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7 Ways To Build Your Credibility in HR — And Knock Your Clients’ Socks Off!

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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The Horrible Lie That Just About Everyone In HR Tells Themselves…

By Alan Collins

My eyesight used to be bad.

Very bad.

I’ve worn glasses since I was eight years old.

But that all changed recently.

Here’s what happened.

A few weeks ago, I took my bi-annual eye exam and my optometrist gave me some distressing news.

He told me that I had an early onset of cataracts in both eyes. And I had reached the point where glasses (or contacts) could no longer correct my vision to 20/20

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25 Things I’ve Learned in HR From Screw-Ups, Successes & 16 HR Jobs…

by Alan Collins

I’m sharing out some learnings I’ve shared before…but this time video-style! 25 lessons based on 25 years in HR.  These are truths I’ve gained from lots of personal screw-ups.  A few successes. Three companies.  Sixteen HR jobs and other HR folks I’ve worked with who either guide me or inspire me.   Only 3 minutes long.  Turn up the volume on your computer first.  Play.  Sit back.  Enjoy!

If you have comments, insights or push-backs, please post them HERE.

About the author: Alan Collins is Founder of Success in HR.  He was formerly Vice President – Human Resources at PepsiCo where he led HR initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.  For more brutally-candid tips and strategies for succeeding in HR, check out his new book:  WINNING BIG IN HR:  100+ Powerful Strategies for Accomplishing Great Results Faster & Getting Your Clients To Rave About You As An HR Professional now available at Amazon.   For more information, click here.

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How To Make A Horrible 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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Sidehustling — An 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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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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