Your HR Resume — 10 Warning Signs That You MUST Update It, Even If You’re Doing A Great Job!

by Alan Collins

A former colleague of mine works at Ford as an HR director and opened her email on Monday…and was shocked! 

She read a letter from CEO Jim Hackett explaining that 7,000 salaried and hourly employees would be leaving the company.  Some with buyouts and others involuntarily laid off.

The letter went on to explain that these cutbacks were being made because Ford is under huge pressure from investors to reduce costs and improve its profitability.

My former HR colleague, was not personally impacted and fortunately dodged the ax…this time.  

But she still felt badly.

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Because quite a few of her HR colleagues she had known for years — many of them excellent performers — are being let go to cut costs…and did not see this move coming!

Sure they heard the rumors, but nobody told them that their own jobs were in jeopardy.  As a result, they felt blindsided and not prepared to now suddenly have to pound the pavement looking for their next HR gig.

They thought since they were in HR, they’d be kept in the loop about layoffs — since they’d be expected to help manage the departing employees.

They weren’t.

Unfortunately, this is not unusual.  Layoffs, downsizings and cost cutting happens every day in organizations around the globe…

And without warning, you may NOT know
if you’re personally impacted as an HR pro,
until you’re told! 

There’s an important lesson here.  Don’t get caught unprepared!  If there is handwriting on the wall, you’ve got to be able to spot it quickly…and then take action to deal with it, before it deals with you.

To help you, below is a “one-page cheat sheet” which outlines the indicators you should watch.  And if more than 4 of them are present at the same time, consider your current position in jeopardy and time to polish up HR resume.

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Here’s this cheat sheet…

DOWNLOAD it and KEEP it handy on all your devices (phone, laptop, tablet) for future reference. 


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Here’s how YOU can use it:

(1) Use it to guide and coach you in your personal interactions with your current boss.
(2) Keep it handy on your all devices (phone, laptop, tablet) for future reference.
(3) Forward it to colleagues you know who would welcome having this information as a heads up.
(4) Use it any way you want!


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When those warning signs are present and it’s time to update your resume, check out: HR RESUME SECRETS:  How to Create An Irresistible Human Resources Resume That Will Open Doors, Wow Hiring Managers & Get You Interviews! 

You can get more information about the book by CLICKING HERE.

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.  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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3 Responses to “Your HR Resume — 10 Warning Signs That You MUST Update It, Even If You’re Doing A Great Job!”

  1. JC Says:

    Thanks. We should always keep our resumes current and as you stated, watch for the clues that you have stated!

  2. Alan Says:

    JC, absolutely! It’s easy to get so consumed with our day to day HR priorities that we fail to look up and notice the tell-tale signs. Hopefully the cheat sheet can help.

  3. Linda Peterson Says:

    Your ‘cheat sheet really applies to any function. That said, I have witnessed many HR leaders assume that which they have been asked to orchestrate will not, in the end, include them. As Richard Gere said in the film Pretty Woman, “BIG MISTAKE!”