20 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 20 sentences that have guided me in my career in HR — especially at times where I’ve struggled, been confused or just needed a kick in the butt.

I’ve posted these on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and elsewhere.  This is first time they’ve all been brought together in one place.

Enjoy!

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HR Consulting on the Side: “I’ve Just Landed My First Gig. What’s Your Advice?”

Hi Alan,

For the first time, I’m going to be doing some HR consulting on the side for a small business. 

What I should charge to create a company handbook, revise new hire paperwork, including an online employee application…and be available for phone consultation?

I want to be reasonable but also don’t want to cut myself short.  

Any advice on what to charge and on agreements you have that you would be willing to share would be appreciated?

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30 Great Side Hustles For HR Professionals, While Working Your Full Time Job – Part 2 of 2

Featuring HR Side Hustles #16-30.

by Alan Collins

This is Part 2 of the HR Side Hustle series featuring side hustles #16-30.

You can find Part 1 of this series
featuring side hustles #1-15 HERE.

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That said, let’s begin Part 2 with…

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30 Great Side Hustles for HR Professionals, While Working Your Full Time Job – Part 1 of 2

Important Note: This article kicks off my series featuring 30 HR side hustles ideas. The first 15 are here – 15 more will follow. Stay tuned!

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by Alan Collins

Are you in an HR day job, but want to monetize your HR expertise even further and in new ways?

Then now may be the perfect time to consider a side hustle.

Why? Because with today’s up and down economy and technology giving all of us the ability to “work-from-anywhere” — it’s never been easier!

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Got An HR Interview Coming Up? Here Are The 7 Top Attributes Your Next Employer Is Really Looking For Right Now

The pandemic has made #1 and #2 even more important.

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by Alan Collins

Question: Alan, I’ve got an HR interview coming up next week.

While I’ve interviewed lots of candidates as an HR Director, I haven’t interviewed myself for an HR job in five years.

I’m excited, but I’m nervous and apprehensive as hell now that I’m on the other side of the table.

What’s your take on what employers are really looking for these days?

–Sarah A.   

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Answer:  Hi Sarah, before I answer your question, let’s first talk about your apprehension.

Everyone gets nervous before interviews.

It doesn’t matter if you have twenty-years of experience in HR and have interviewed hundreds of job candidates yourself as an HR leader…when you flip over to that other side of the table as an interviewee, it can be stressful.

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4 Disgusting Frauds Who Are Faking It in HR…

By Alan Collins

If you want to get into Stanford University’s world-class MBA program be prepared — it’s tough and impossibly competitive.

This is still true despite the pandemic.

To get admitted, you’ve got to beat out thousands of exceptional candidates and submit a 750-word essay about “What matters.”

So what matters to Stanford?

According to alumni ambassador, Heriberto Diarte, it is: “People who have strong values, authentic and who want to have a positive impact on the world.” 

Why is that?

Because Stanford wants to turn out MBA high achievers that will leave their mark on the planet.

And, they recognize that it starts with folks who are confident, comfortable in their own skin, and who are unafraid to stand up for what they believe.

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What To Say When An HR Recruiter Calls You — The 10 Do’s & Don’ts!

by Alan Collins

As an HR pro, you should always be prepared for recruiter and headhunter calls.

Here’s why…

You can never, ever predict when you might be suddenly thrust into the job market for reasons beyond your control.

The brutal truth is no matter how comfortable you feel currently, the reality is…

You are just one re-org away from being on the street.

You are only one job elimination from being handed your pink slip.

You are just one bad new boss away from getting whacked unjustifiably.

Especially as organizations continue
to grapple with the pandemic.

For these reasons, building relationships with headhunters and recruiters should be an important part of your career advancement strategy.

Working with them when they call is a skill you need to master, even if you’re NOT in actively seeking out your next HR opportunity — because there are some terrific HR jobs out there…that you’ll learn about…ONLY through professional HR recruiters.

With this in mind, here are ten do’s and don’ts to say when they ring your phone:

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