“My ONE True Passion in HR — How Do I Find It? Do I Even Need One?”

Hi Alan,

I’ve read many of your articles and books and I largely agree with most of them.

However, there’s one thing I’m struggling with. I haven’t found my ONE true passion in HR.

I’ve been a HR senior director for over ten years and a generalist so I’m a jack of all trades — and love it.

I also love my team and my organization.

But I haven’t yet found my ONE light switch yet — my ULTIMATE CALLING in HR – that ONE BIG THING I’d like to specialize in or become an expert at.  

Do I need one?

If so, I’d like to find mine.

Any advice on this?

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16 HR Jobs in 25 Years — 50 Golden Lessons, Both Painful & Inspiring.

by Alan Collins

I thought I’d take the opportunity here to share 50 GOLDEN LESSONS I’ve learned from 25 years in the HR trenches.  About two lessons per year.

These are truths I’ve gained from lots of personal screw-ups, some successes, three companies, 16 HR jobs and other HR professionals that I’ve worked with who either guide me or inspire me.

Yes, some of these you may have seen already, because I share them often.

BUT…hopefully, there are a few new items here you might find helpful in managing your own career in HR — without going through all the pain and agony. 

While they are in no particular order, I try never to ignore #50.

Enjoy!

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How To Rock as a Panelist at HR Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

By Alan Collins

“You guys rocked!”

That was the feedback an HR VP gave to us as we concluded our panel discussion at a recent HRMAC (Human Resources Management Association of Chicago) event in the Windy City.

It was great to hear this comment and to be selected as one of the panelists along with Rich Floersch, former CHRO at McDonalds and Carolyn Tilden, president of CataQuest Leadership Consulting.

Our topic was managing change as a senior HR leader.   We played off each other well and had an absolute blast!

This experience reminded me of the value that anyone in HR can gain by participating as a panelist at seminars, conferences and workshops.

Being a panelist is underrated, yet it’s one of the best ways of advancing your career.  It can allow you to expand your network and make connections that can later turn into job opportunities or consulting gigs.

In fact, if you’re not comfortable giving solo presentations, then being on a multi-person panel is ideal because you don’t have to be the number one center of attention.

But you benefit just as much.

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Why Networking in HR Doesn’t Work Anymore (And What You Should Do Instead)…

By Alan Collins

Let me make a confession.

Networking is a pain.

And if you’re like me, you’re probably horrible at it.

So, I don’t do it anymore.

But that doesn’t stop me from reaching out to meet new people who can help me advance my career and interests in HR.

Hey, wait a second, you might say….isn’t that networking?

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Why Your Current HR Day Job Should NOT Be Your Only Source of Income…

By Alan Collins

Did you know:

That actors like Angela Jolie, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and George Clooney appear in movies

…AND earn extra income directing their own films, making commercials and from monthly residual checks from their previous shows.

That athletes like LeBron James, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova earn their livelihood playing the sport they love

…AND also profit from endorsing merchandise from energy drinks to beauty products.

That singers like Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Paul McCartney write their own songs

…AND rake in more cash from the royalties earned by their older ones.

None of this is probably new news to you.

But the more important question is what all these celebrities have in common.

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How HR’s Most Misunderstood Buzzword Can Increase Your Income in Human Resources

By Alan Collins

There are lots of buzzwords in HR.
“HR business partner.”
“A seat at the table.”
“Go-to person”

You know the list.

But In my humble opinion, “ADDING VALUE” is the most misunderstood one of all.

Why? Because unlike the others, there are a thousand different interpretations of it.

To illustrate, I’m sure you’ve heard your boss or colleagues say:

“Jill, you need to add more value to the team.”
“That new talent acquisition program has really added value.”
“The Marketing group would like to see HR add more value.

These statements are tossed around in HR as much as footballs thrown by Tom Brady. Yet, I’d bet you dinner that you couldn’t get five HR people in a room to agree on what they REALLY mean.

Nevertheless, “adding value” is an important concept.  And it’s crucial that you know what it means and how to become known for it.

In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that if you earn a reputation as someone who can truly can add MORE value…

You will make MORE money,
as long as you’re in HR.

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Why They Rejected The Best HR Candidate They’d Ever Interviewed — The Shocking Truth Revealed!    

By Alan Collins

I recently ran into Taylor at a national SHRM conference where he was one of the featured speakers. 

We first met years ago when he was interviewing at our company for an HR executive position,

Seeing him again, we agreed to meet for coffee early the next morning to catch up.

As we sat down to enjoy our brews, I asked him why he decided not to join our company.

He looked down at his decaf.  Hesitated at first.  But then looked up and told me the REAL story.  Something I’d never heard before…

It took place eight years ago.

He was interviewing with us for the HR job of his dreams.  He was one of the two finalists. It was a job he wanted desperately to land.

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