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"I wish I had this book 10 years ago but I am definitely thrilled to have it now.  Alan has written a gem for the HR professional at all levels. This is a straight forward, easy to read, guide to finding success in your HR career."
Bryan Hunt, Senior Human Resources Manager, Boeing Corporation


"With humor, heart and a no-nonsense style, this is a book that gets you unstuck and back on track with your career.  It's a must read; as a senior leader in human resources, I plan to buy a copy for all of my team members."
Mary Ellen Schopp, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Lawson Products              


"Having known Alan for years, I'm not surprised that he has written such a powerful book for HR professionals.  Chapter 22 is especially inspirational for those of us trying to figuring out what we want our professional and personal legacy to be."
Michael Oliver, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Pactiv Corporation


"Unwritten HR Rules is well-written, offers practical advice and simply inspires one to achieve the best that one can reach in his or her HR career. I wholeheartedly recommend it."
Andreea Boier-Jennings, Director - Human Resources, Mainstream Advertising, Inc. 

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Are you ready to discover HR career advancement strategies your company doesn't tell you about? If so, then you're ready to read Unwritten HR Rules. This book reveals blunt, no bull, un-sugarcoated secrets for skyrocketing your career as an HR professional. If you aspire to reach an HR executive role and want to understand the realities of getting there, you must have this book in your personal library. Find out what it really takes to blast your HR career to the next level and attain the success you've always dreamed of. Dig into this book and you'll learn:

*The real secret to impressing your business leaders as an HR professional.
*The awful, brutal and unpleasant truth about advancing your career in HR.
*Sneaky, but brilliant little ways to use LinkedIn to boost your HR career.
*Steps you should take to avoid getting insulting 2-3% merit increases.
*How to use the Tiger Woods' career model to move your career forward.
*The P.O.W.E.R. formula that makes great HR jobs come to you served up on a silver platter.
*What to do when you mess up in HR and still come out ahead.
*How 70% of all HR jobs are really filled -- no matter what your company tells you!
*Why you need to embrace the F-word and use it regularly.
*How to make more money and build your wealth faster in HR.
*The 5-minute time investment you must make to avoid sabotaging your career.
*Networking strategies that apply just to HR professionals.
*Your G.R.A.N.D. circle of relationships, including two people you must always keep on speed dial.
*And much, much more.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Success In HR Publishing (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615315585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615315584
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

ALAN COLLINS is founder of Success in HR where he currently serves 12,000+ HR subscribers around the globe through his flagship newsletter, "Success in HR" and countless others through his books, presentations and coaching. He was formerly Vice President of Human Resources at PepsiCo where he led HR initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses. With 25 years of human resources and talent development experience in Fortune 100 companies, he has written over 100 articles and white papers on human resources topics. He earned his BS in Management and MS in Human Resources from Purdue University. His works can be accessed at: www.SuccessInHR.com.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Hintz on December 20, 2010
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I have just finished reading Alan Collins' "Unwritten HR Rules" for the SECOND time. If your career is in HR and you haven't read Alan's honest, insightful and useful strategies, you should do yourself (and your career) a favor and get it now! This will quickly become one of your `go to' books for managing your career.

Alan has packed this book with his real life and practical experiences that all HR (and non HR) professionals will recognize. He speaks candidly of day to day situations, events and opportunities we have all had or will encounter....and how you can be successful in dealing with them.

Put very simply his `secrets' make sense and provide actionable strategies that, when implemented, will positively impact your career. BONUS: Alan's unique insight and candid style is also shared on his blog at [...] Don't miss out as he continues to provide other spot on and actionable observations and advice. Great resource!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julie K. on November 14, 2009
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Awesome book. I like the fact that in the book Collins gives you principles that you can adapt to your own HR career situation and lots of illustrative examples. For instance, in marketing yourself and your accomplishments, he talks a great deal about playing to your strengths and gives some great examples of HR people, who you can identify with, who have done just that. He talks authentically about his own successes and failures and in a way that you can learn from. Read this book once, quickly. It should not take more than a couple of hours. Mark out the sections that appeal to you. Then go back to it every two months or so and read it again or at least the highlighted sections. Figure out how you can adapt and USE the points he makes. And then you will get the full value of this great book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HRLady2010 on October 1, 2012
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Alan hit a home run with this book. Alan has a way of writing that makes it feel as though you're just having a fireside chat with him, which is refreshing. The book takes experiences and lessons from his HR career that can be applied by any HR professional in any industry. If you need a read that will help you get excited about your HR career again, pick this one up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Rupert on November 16, 2009
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In general, I am not a big reader of HR human resources books. The ones I have read, I have found to be too academic and full of theory that is hard to follow, much less apply. They all have proven quite forgettable. This book is different which is why I was compelled to write a review. "Unwritten HR Rules" was written in a conversational, "plain speak" fashion that used real life examples. The author brought texture to the content. I could project myself into the situations; they seemed very relevant and applicable to me and my challenges. The quality of the advice coupled with the examples taken from Collins' seemingly endless experiences in HR makes this book memorable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ursula Widell on February 23, 2010
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Alan shares his experience in a true down to earth style that reflects the true world of HR. This is a MUST READ for anyone in the HR field, especially those just entering into it. If you are just starting out in your HR career, Alan has some very insightful thoughts that can give you a jump start and put you way ahead of your competition! Read on!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeeBo on May 1, 2014
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I spent 12 years in HR and am now a full time, tenured professor of MGMT/HR. I largely agree with the suggestions offered in this book, particularly with the introduction that says you won't find this information in most books*. It is practical, real world, and solid. At times it is rightfully cold-hearted in pointing out things that don't help your career that many HR folks do or get stuck with.

There were many things that Alan suggested that I had done, and I agree that they were successful. There were also things that Alan mentioned that I wish I had done / known about when I was in the "real world."

My only criticism is that I tend to find acronyms cheesy (P.O.W.E.R.). However, I can't dispute that what he recommends as his POWER approach is indeed valuable.

Please keep in mind - perhaps you aren't hoping to be the next VP of Southwest Airlines. However, I bet you still want to move up and have more responsibility and respect, perhaps even at a small to midsize employer. This book remains applicable nonetheless.

* Collins indeed values and recommends reading books on HR Metrics, executive leadership, talent development, etc. However, this book is for managing YOUR CAREER IN HR.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Cohen on November 10, 2009
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If you want a fast read with straight up advice on how to be a high performing HR professional, then this book is a must on your book shelf. Alan Collins offers a truck load of practical "how to" advice and examples to illustrate his points. This book is for the HR professional at any level. That said, if you are not in Human Resources, Unwritten HR Rules will speak to you as well. Mike Cohen, President Michael L. Cohen Associates and former Vice President of Human Resource Development at Quaker Oats.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gaurav Kapil on October 21, 2010
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There are many books which one refers back from time to time. I purchased this book with a bit of skepticism since I was aware that this book will not be enriching me with 'so-called' HR knowledge as I gathered from author's blog.

Book is divided into 3 different categories containing a total 21 subcategories. Basically these 3 categories are:

1) What your Boss can't/won't tell you (9 subcategories like: what after you mess up, 5 minute weekly career investment, how to ace your own review etc.)
2) Attract better HR opportunities (6 subcategories like: Leading & not waiting, how to use everyday meetings etc.)
3) Engaging other for your HR career (6 subcategories like: how to for HR networking, HR Godfathers etc.)

I found myself going back to this book more often because this book was the only 'mentor' I could find at times for a honest truth. Many a times anecdotes themselves made understanding some processes much simpler. It helps to have practical tips and guidance on day to day issues like how to handle meetings, or how not to speak up. Then books also beautifully captures actions an HR professional needs for a fulfilling long term career.

I got my worth of book from 1 small anecdote in the book wherein one HR Manager was complaining about laid-back attitude of her Boss. And she was advised that 'you have many brilliant ideas which actually doesn't require senior mgmt approvals, so what are you waiting for?'

I recommend this book.
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