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Unwritten HR Rules: 21 Secrets For Attaining Awesome Career Success In Human Resources Paperback – August 1, 2011
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From the Back Cover
*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.
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased and paid for a "new" book - but received a damaged/used one. I'm very disappointed, but returning it would be more trouble than the book is worth!Published 5 months ago by Jameson-Dallas,TX
The entire book felt like a one-on-one conversation. I am excited to put these rules to work. I am excited about what the future holds. Thank you Mr. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Fatemeh
This book was an excellent source. Very well written and executed. I recommend it to anyone in HR, kept me interested from the beginning!Published 9 months ago by Yajaira Sanchez
I can't believe how utterly amazing and inspiring this book has been. I've read it cover to cover once SO FAR and I plan on reading it multiple times and adding highlights. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Aviles Family
Excellent information! Practical useful tips you can put to use right away. Alan writes and explains it all in no nonsense, easy and fun way. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Msb
One of the best book recommended for all HR professional to be better in managing your career.Published 16 months ago by Wasana Klakarna
I recommend this to not only HR professionals, but anyone working on climbing the corporate ladder. Alan does a great job educating us in the balance of advancing our personal... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Trisha
Recommend this easy to read (in a weekend!) book for anyone in Human Resources, or other professions, that want to continue to improve their career. Great tips on networking.Published on April 22, 2013 by BvB