Overwhelmed With Time-Consuming HR Grunt Work That Drives You Crazy? Try This Instead.

By Alan Collins

Every HR pro I know is time strapped and overwhelmed with work.

This is especially true if you run an “HR Department of ONE.”

Or you’re stuck at home due to the pandemic and doing the job of two people.

Or you have little to no HR support staff.

Or if you have tons of unforgiving deadlines.

Or find yourself working weekends all the time.

Or you constantly carry around a massive to-do with lots of little things to do.

In these cases, life can feel overwhelming and stressful as hell trying to satisfy your boss, your clients, the people at home you care about — while still trying to get everything else done.

However, you do have some options.

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 9 Comments »

When You Screw Up in HR, Memorize and Say These 4 Magic Phrases…

By Alan Collins

As HR pros, we all make mistakes.

Or say the wrong thing at the right time.

Or misjudge a situation from time to time.

But not everyone in our profession will confess to their screw ups — especially in stressful situations where the stakes are high.

However, I learned a very important lesson early in my career at Quaker Oats.

As a young HR director for a tiny division of the company, I reported to an amazing boss who relied heavily on my judgment and experience.

She had taken a chance and promoted me into the director role largely because of my relationships and knowledge of the organization.

But the job was a stretch for me and a bit over my head.

She knew it and I knew it.

But she was willing to roll the dice and bet on me.

So, I didn’t want to let her down or make her regret her decision.

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 61 Comments »

20 Powerful Sentences That Can Change Your Career in HR…

by Alan Collins

The power of a single sentence is amazing.

One sentence can either make your day or ruin it.  It can change your mood or mindset.

Just a few words or phrases strung together can make a huge impact on your future.

To that end, here are 20 sentences that have guided me in my career in HR — especially at times where I’ve struggled, been confused or just needed a kick in the butt.

I’ve posted these on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and elsewhere.  This is first time they’ve all been brought together in one place.

Enjoy!

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 2 Comments »

HR Consulting on the Side: “I’ve Just Landed My First Gig. What’s Your Advice?”

Hi Alan,

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

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?

*   *   *

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 38 Comments »

30 Great Side Hustles For HR Professionals, While Working Your Full Time Job – Part 2 of 2

Featuring HR Side Hustles #16-30.

by Alan Collins

This is Part 2 of the HR Side Hustle series featuring side hustles #16-30.

You can find Part 1 of this series
featuring side hustles #1-15 HERE.

a
That said, let’s begin Part 2 with…

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 3 Comments »

30 Great Side Hustles for HR Professionals, While Working Your Full Time Job – Part 1 of 2

Important Note: This article kicks off my series featuring 30 HR side hustles ideas. The first 15 are here – 15 more will follow. Stay tuned!

*  *  *

by Alan Collins

Are you in an HR day job, but want to monetize your HR expertise even further and in new ways?

Then now may be the perfect time to consider a side hustle.

Why? Because with today’s up and down economy and technology giving all of us the ability to “work-from-anywhere” — it’s never been easier!

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 17 Comments »

Got An HR Interview Coming Up? Here Are The 7 Top Attributes Your Next Employer Is Really Looking For Right Now

The pandemic has made #1 and #2 even more important.

o

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 an HR leader…when you flip over to that other side of the table as an interviewee, it can be stressful.

Click here to read the rest of this article!

Comments On The Above Article: 18 Comments »

« Previous Entries