HR Side Hustling: The Popular Career Model Just About Everyone Will Talk To You About…Except Your Boss!

by Alan Collins

There’s a hot career model that’s operating under the radar.

It’s not new, but it’s become increasing more popular among HR folks.

However, you won’t read about in Workforce magazine, HR Executive or find it as a topic at any SHRM meeting.

And when your boss sits down to discuss your performance or your career, I guarantee he or she won’t bring it up either.

But just about everyone is talking about it.

It called side hustling and here’s one example of how it’s working.

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Successfully Negotiating Your Job Offer in HR — If You Want To Max Out Your Total Pay Package…

by Alan Collins

Congratulations! You’ve got the job offer.

You’ve worked hard, no doubt survived a brutal interview process and scored a big win!

Now, your potential new employer has now switched from “shopper” to “buyer.”

And the dance begins to finalize a starting total pay package you both can agree on.

Since you’re in HR, let me confirm a fact you already know

Most organizations almost always build some wiggle room into their offers because they expect you to negotiate.

The more hard-to-fill, more valued and more senior the HR position you’ve been offered, the more negotiating room you have.

For that reason, that initial offer placed in front of you will likely be “competitive” in their mind, but it will seldom be their “absolute best and final” offer.

So you won’t offend anyone by asking for more, provided you do so in a constructive, respectful and professional manner.

What I’ve told you so far is probably nothing new to you. 

Now let me tell you something you may not be aware of…

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We Rise In HR By Lifting Others…

by Alan Collins

A few weeks ago, an executive search firm reached out to me with a fantastic HR job interview opportunity.  It’s something I would have crawled across a field of broken glass to get a few years ago.

But not today.

So, I told him I wasn’t in the job market at this time — but I did refer him to two other people who I highly recommended.

He was elated!

Here are three lessons I continue to believe in:

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Dealing With Pissed Off Employees, Colleagues & Clients — The 2-Letter Word You Must Avoid

By Alan Collins

Years ago, at work, a good friend of mine got passed over for a promotion to an HR VP position.  

Everyone considered him the number one, slam dunk candidate for this job.

And so it was shocking when the job was filled by an outsider.

A few hours after the official corporate announcement was made and everyone in HR got the stunning news, I found him sitting alone in his office.

His back was turned and he wasn’t moving, just staring blankly out the window.

When I got his attention, I could see he was absolutely seething.

Frankly, I didn’t know quite what to say to him.  It’s so easy to say the wrong thing to someone who you know is frustrated, angry and vulnerable.

So I sat down in front of him, I started babbling about how I, too, had been passed over for a promotion. 

In fact, I told him it had happened to me three times.  I conveyed that in one particular case, my boss actually told me I had locked up the job and to just be patient.  But then he came back later and told me the higher ups had changed their mind at the last minute and promoted someone else.

I just wanted him to realize that he wasn’t alone, that I’d been through something similar and that I could understand how he felt.

He wasn’t buying it.

Not at all.

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Finding Great HR Jobs Online — The Best Websites & Quick Tips For Using Them To Land Your Next HR Position Fast!

by Alan Collins

There’s a myth out there that applying online hoping to land a great job is a waste of time.

Don’t believe it.

I’m not sure why this idea became so widespread. But nothing could be further from the truth.   Especially if you’re in the job market seeking a Human Resources position.

Employers still post positions online successfully to attract HR candidates at all levels — from the entry-level to CHRO roles.

And if employers are still doing it as part of their strategy to find HR talent, then YOU should use them as part of YOUR job search strategy to land your next HR opportunity too.

To save yourself some time, below is a ONE-PAGE CHEAT SHEET which highlights the top websites for posted HR jobs and the three most important tips for using them.

You can download it below to use yourself as a reference document.   

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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.

And her manager blamed the decision on his bosses.

Yeah, right…

What a spineless, freakin’ wimp!

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10 Tips For Becoming The HR Leader Your Clients Absolutely Love Working With!

by Alan Collins

Every HR leader would love to have their clients raving about them.

The dilemma, as you know, is that every client is not the same.  Each one has different needs, aspirations and quirks.

However, there are some practices that add value to just about any client.

Below is a helpful cheat sheet that outlines a few of them that can help you attain more of that “client love” you might be seeking.

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