3 Brutal Truths About Managing Your HR Career Most Learn The Hard Way

by Alan Collins

Brutal truths can be tough to hear.

But to prepare for success in the future, it’s often helpful to expose them. 

To that end, here are three brutal truths about navigating your career in HR.

Most learn these the hard way.

Hopefully, they’ll steer you away from costly pitfalls and make you much savvier in managing the years ahead.

You can thank me later.

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30 HR Stretch Assignments That Can Enhance Your Growth, Development & Promotability

Plus a one-page cheat sheet you can use!

by Alan Collins

Want to take your career to the next level with your current employer?

Taking on a stretch assignment in your current role may be your ticket.

A stretch assignment is simply a project or task you take on that falls outside your typical duties and requires you to step outside your comfort zone and learn new skills.

There are lots of benefits of tackling one of these assignments:

If nothing else, a stretch assignment can add bullets to beef up your resume and prepare for an HR future outside of your organization.

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How To Get A Mentor in HR — A Rarely Shared Approach For Getting Just Anyone You Want!

by Alan Collins

I’ve never, ever met ANY successful HR leader who hasn’t had at least TWO influential mentors in their lives.

HR professionals that have mentors have an edge over those that don’t.

They perform better on the job.

They get promoted more quickly.

They earn higher salaries.

And they report more job and career satisfaction.

However, a huge mistake most HR folks make when selecting a mentor is that…

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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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25 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 25 sentences that continue to guide my career as an HR pro — especially at times where I’m struggling, been confused or just need a kick in the butt.

I’ve posted these before on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and elsewhere.

However, this is first time they’ve all been brought together in one place.

Enjoy!

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HR Pep Talk #1: “You Are Valuable To Your Organization!”

by Alan Collins

Down in dumps?

Not feeling the love?

Being totally disrespected as an HR pro?

Gotcha.

All of us need a motivational shot in the arm every now and then.

To that end, here’s a short pep talk for you.

Read this periodically — especially during those frustrating times when you find yourself questioning your worth or the value of HR entirely.

Ready?

Here you go.

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HR Director Fired After “Good” Performance Review — And How To Keep This From Happening To You!

by Alan Collins

Last year, a senior HR director friend of mine was fired after her year-end performance review. 

What was especially brutal was her boss’ overall evaluation of her performance.

She had been rated a “3” on her company’s 5-point scale, which was “good.”

And she was further informed that her performance was “solid” and that everything was okay.

Knowing that, she signed off on the review.

So, she was blindsided beyond belief when she was called back in a few weeks later…and fired! 

To be totally honest, she knew her performance wasn’t stellar.

But she was devastated by this news and clearly didn’t think she’d get whacked.

Matters became worse when she was told by her boss that, after discussing the company’s financial troubles with the higher ups, THEY (not he) decided to eliminate her job.

They agreed she was doing a good job.  But they didn’t feel that SHE — as well as THE JOB she was in — was adding enough value to the business.

Read that last sentence again.

Good performance wasn’t enough.

It wasn’t a performance issue.

It was just time to whack her job.

And her.

Her manager blamed the decision on his bosses.

Yeah, right…

What a spineless, freakin’ wimp!

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