5 Priceless Words of Career Wisdom for HR Leaders

by Alan Collins

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

I’ve gone from being an 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 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.
-being geographically limited.

I did get one excellent offer, but I couldn’t close the deal.

It was heartbreaking.

Twenty-five years ago, all I had to do was show up for an interview, and my resume would get me hired.

Today, I thought my experience would make landing a job easy — it hasn’t.

While all this is going on, my wife has landed the job of her dreams, which is excellent!

But all is not lost.

I’m still getting interviews, thanks to my strong network.

Looking back, I’m proud I always treated my team and colleagues with respect and kindness and  gave them support during tough times.

They’re now doing the same for me!

They are turning me on to some great opportunities.

So I’m confident I’ll land at some point.

I understand now how crucial relationships, love and support can be when you are running out of confidence and self-respect.

I am still inspired.

Will let you know when I land.

Take care.

*   *   *

Six weeks later, he messaged me again.

He landed.

It’s an HR VP position with a small electronics chip company.

A former member of my HR team got me in touch with a headhunter who connected me to the job.

I’m ecstatic!

The point:

1. How you treat others matters.
2. How you treat others matters.
3. How you treat others matters.

Five priceless words
of career wisdom.

‘Nuff said.

Stay inspired!

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About the Author: Alan Collins is the Founder of Success in HR, Inc. and the author of various best-selling HR books, including  HR RESUME SECRETS and  HR INTERVIEW SECRETS.  He was formerly Vice President – Human Resources at PepsiCo, where he led HR initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.

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12 Responses to “5 Priceless Words of Career Wisdom for HR Leaders”

  1. Regina Says:

    Maya Angelou — ‘At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.’

  2. Jan Maharaj-Sookdeo Says:

    It was encouraging to read this article. Thanks for sharing. I do have a question though. How does one get hired with no HR experience especially when most employers request experience?

  3. Muhammad Tahir Says:

    Thank you Alan. One will certainly experience such life.

  4. Barbara Mandello Says:

    How you treat others is crucial in anything we do. You can have all the right words to say and the best resume, but if you are not genuine and demonstrate a caring personality, you will not be the person remembered and hired.

  5. Esther Rodrigues Says:


    Strangely, this is what I needed at this point in my life.. universe is telling me so..

    Thanks 😊

  6. Alan Says:

    Esther, so thrilled this resonated. You rarely go wrong following the universe. Wish you much success. Alan.

  7. Dr Uday Says:

    It’s reality,people treat you the way you treated them in the job market as well as in personal life.

  8. Alan Says:

    Excellent points, Dr. Uday. Couldn’t agree more!

  9. Ajoke Omotayo Says:

    This post was profound and instructive to me. I believe everyone deserves to be treated properly and this article further reinforces it.

    Thank you for sharing such awesome tips.

  10. mohammad m elwaddani Says:

    iam retired now working as hr expertise .ma family do change my job description to do somr house gobs . i happy with

  11. Caroline Says:

    I am just going through a RIF process in Europe. Breaking my heart for these people. Treating people well through this has gained many kind words for HR. With our support many will land well. Be kind you never know what people are going through. Give people respect they will appreciate you for it. Life happens but let’s keep our humanity.

  12. Alan Collins Says:

    Wise words, Caroline. Showing compassion, kindness and supporting others during RIF situations is priceless! Well said. Thanks for weighing in.