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.

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

It was heartbreaking.

25 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 partner has landed the job of her dreams, which is great!

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, kindness and  gave them support during tough times.

They’re now doing the same for me!

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

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


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

So I’m hanging in there and staying motivated.

Take care.

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Six weeks later, he messaged me again…

Great news, I’ve just landed!

It’s an HR VP position with a small, electronics chip company. An old member of my team got me in touch with a headhunter who connected me to the job.

The CEO of the new company was blown away by all my HR experience.

But he said what really sealed the deal for him were my positive interactions with his leadership team and my humility and warmth with the young frontline talent I met during my visit.

He mentioned that one of those employees I met was an engineering intern, a 4.0 student at University of Illinois…my alma mater…who I had no idea was his daughter!  She enjoyed our brief visit and highly recommended me too!  You just never know.

I’m excited.

Thank you for all the support.

Take care.

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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 Founder of Success in HR, Inc. and the author of a variety of 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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One Response 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.’