5 Priceless Words of Career Wisdom for HR Leaders

by Alan Collins

Two months ago, one of my Linkedin connections messaged me this. 

I’ve gone from being a HR VP to being unemployed.

I hated what I was doing and my boss treated me like dirt.

Every morning I’d wake up burned out and dreaded going in to work.

Now that I’m in the job market, I realize that I might have to take two steps back on the org chart.

My job search has delivered many rejections based on:
-having too much experience.
-having too much salary.
-wanting the wrong location.

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What To Say When An HR Recruiter Calls You — The 10 Do’s & Don’ts!

by Alan Collins

As an HR pro, you should always be prepared for recruiter and headhunter calls.

Here’s why…

You can never, ever predict when you might be suddenly thrust into the job market for reasons beyond your control.

The brutal truth is no matter how comfortable you feel currently, the reality is…

You are just one re-org away from being on the street.

You are only one job elimination from being handed your pink slip.

You are just one bad new boss away from getting whacked unjustifiably.

Especially as organizations continue
to grapple with the pandemic or
deal with openings resulting from
the “Great Resignation.

For these reasons, building relationships with headhunters and recruiters should be an important part of your career advancement strategy.

Working with them when they call is a skill you need to master, even if you’re NOT in actively seeking out your next HR opportunity.


Because there are some terrific HR jobs out there that you’ll learn about ONLY through professional HR recruiters.

With this in mind, here are ten do’s and don’ts to say when they ring your phone:

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Why The “Great Resignation” is Occuring in HR

by Alan Collins

In 1929, a stock market crash created the Great Depression.

In 2008, a massive bank financial crisis manufactured the Great Recession.

Today, due to the pandemic, we’re in the midst of the Great Resignation.

People are leaving their jobs in droves.

Here’s why this “Great Resignation” is occuring in HR…

Your work and HR contributions
aren’t VALUED!

That’s the reason.

It’s just that simple.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Not sure what to do?

Let me help.

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HR Video Interviews: Ace Your Next One With This One-Page Cheat Sheet of Quick Tips

Is in-person interviewing dead?

by Alan Collins

Video interviewing is picking up steam!

More and more firms have begun slowly moving away from time-consuming, in-person interviews that can be nightmares to schedule.

Instead, they’ve begun replacing them with virtual or video interviews that are more efficient, easier to set up and less costly.

As evidence of the rise of video
interviewing, apps like Skype, Zoom
and Cisco’s Webex have skyrocketed
in usage and profitability.

Why is this happening?

The current reasons are obvious: the “Great Resignation” and the pandemic (which still seems to be lingering on).

To cope, many organizations have implemented mandatory vaccinations and are being very cautious about who they bring into their workplace.

However, this trend of more remote interviewing is not new. Over the last few years, technology has been driving a gradual shift away from face-to-face interviews.

In fact, Korn Ferry’s rough estimates suggest that between 30% and 70% of initial interviews are conducted by video.

And because of this, many HR leaders and business observers have begun raising a provocative question…

Is this a sign that the
in-person interview is dead?

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Success in HR Does Not Define You. But Here’s Who Does.

by Alan Collins

Success in HR does not define you.

YOU define success in HR.


There are two HR people who illustrate this perfectly.

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Here’s person #1.

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6 Subtle Warning Signs That It’s Time to Leave Your Current HR Job 

By Alan Collins 

Here’s a quick story a headhunter friend of mine likes to tell about a fictitious fisherman.

As his story goes, this fishing dude had just bought a brand new shiny anchor for his boat.

And as he went forward to tie it to the side of his boat, he slipped and fell overboard.

Suddenly, he’s sitting on the bottom of the river in fifteen feet of water, cradling his new anchor.

He paid a lot for it, didn’t want to let go…but he was running out of breath.

So, realizing his choice was either to drown or lose the anchor, he reluctantly let it go and swims to the surface.

And he lives to fish again.

Not one to waste a good story, the fisherman then shares his near-death experience with his colleagues the next day at work.

Everyone has a good laugh at his expense.

But then he shares something else that stops them dead in their tracks.

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15 Things I Wish We’d STOP Doing in HR…

by Alan Collins

I’m going to rant in this article so be prepared.

If we want to improve both the impact of HR and the success of the organizations we support, we must put our foot down and STOP doing some things.

Below is my list of 15 things that I think are just plain asinine, most of which the pandemic represents the ideal time to stop doing.

Would love to add your input. So feel free to add your own frustration to the list by clicking HERE.

That said, here you go.

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