7 Tips For Leaving Your HR Job — And Creating Your Own HR Business That Serves A “Higher Purpose”

I was honored to  http://inhisnamehr.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Sucess InHR be interviewed by Alan Collins who was VP– HR at PepsiCo who I worked with when I led HR for several different business units for the Quaker Oats Organization. Alan is now the Founder of Success in HR, Inc. and the author of the HR best seller, UNWRITTEN HR RULES. His new book, BEST KEPT HR SECRETS is now available on Amazon.

Alan and several of my closest contacts have been an absolute blessings and encouragement to my new venture- Thank You Alan and God Bless you and your work.

Here are my 7 tips- Read the article in it’s entirety here: 7 Tips For Leaving Your HR Job

1. “Be clear and specific on the HR value you provide to your clients…and stick with it.”
2. “Network with many – but take advice from a few.”
3. “Start planning and strategizing long before you get downsized or decide you want to move on.”
4. “Find your strength and build on it.”
5. “Balance your life.”
6. “Find a Church home if you don’t have one.”
7. “Find a hobby you enjoy and do it!”

What tips meant the most to you?  We would love to hear from you.  What tips have we missed?  Let us know we will include them in future articles.




posted on August 10, 2011Reply

Mark – for me your tip #1 hit home. It’s so important not to try to be all things to all people. When I first started my business, defining who my customers were going to be was my SINGLE most important step. After much consternation, I decided that I would NOT concentrate on engineers, finance people, marketing folks or sales…or any one of a number of other groups out there. I decided to concentrate just on HR professionals. That was the field I knew best. Even so, it was a big step. But one I’ve not regretted!

Thanks again for great advice.

Alan Collins

Mark A. Griffin

posted on August 15, 2011Reply

So true Alan, most people in our networks want to help us, but they can’t help us if we don’t let them know what we are looking for! Same for job seekers, when they take a shot gun approach to job search it is hard for their network to help them. I believe that 99 percent of people love to help others, so we need to help them help us! Thank you Alan!


posted on August 11, 2011Reply

Mark, thank you for taking that leap of faith, and answering the Lord’s call for your life. It’s so difficult to leave the comforts of what we think is stability and walk solely on faith. You are definitely a game changer, especially in the realms of the HR world.

I do, however, have a question – or rather – more of a concern. A concern that I struggle with daily as I contemplate my future in HR.

The foundation of the world of work is changing. And HR professionals are expected to remain unbiased when it comes to matters that, in the secular realm, challenge their beliefs. For example, the rights that were once solely identified with heterosexuals are now open to homosexuals (i.e. the redefining of marriage, partner benefits, etc.)

As a child of God, I don’t see the sin, I see the individual – so I don’t judge anyone, as I am no better than the next person; I believe it was Paul, in the New Testament that said, “I die daily.” However, I struggle with upholding the beliefs of my own moral values, while defending the rights of something I don’t believe in, in the workplace.

How do you handle it, and how do you advise your Christian business owners to handle it? Do they only hire other Christians? Is there a, don’t ask, don’t tell policy of silence that no one dare openly question?

I do not want to turn this into a debate about the morality or immorality of homosexuality or anything like that. I am simply seeking perspective on how you advise Christian business owners to deal with things that go against their traditional Christian beliefs.

Thank you

Mark A. Griffin

posted on August 15, 2011Reply

If we solely made selection on what we thought was sin we would not be good Christians, it would also be illegal and not in anyone’s best interest! Positions always need to be filled by the best qualified candidate, regardless of their personal preferences and lifestyles. We are here to love one another and not cast others away. Of course all companies should have policies and procedures and should outline certain behavior that is not appropriate (regardless of lifestyle). I personally have never run across any issues, in secular or Christian owned companies that were of concern. When all people are treated with dignity and respect, most will reciprocate.

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