Getting Noticed In Human Resources

Posted in Human Resource Leadership on March 11th, 2010 by Jim Suthers – 5 Comments

Copyright Cascade Careers 2010

I have been asked many times how to succeed in the Human Resource field. Some thoughts from my book, Surviving & Thriving in the HR World.


It doesn’t matter whether you are a benefits administrator, a payroll person, or a recruiter, you will not get anywhere in HR without getting noticed. To get noticed, you need a plan.

Just hoping you will get noticed and get promoted won’t do it!

Ridin’ The 311

Posted in People Watching on February 14th, 2010 by Jim Suthers – 1 Comment

It’s Wednesday, February 10th and I’m at the bus stop early. The 311 doesn’t arrive for 15 minutes yet. This is the kind of morning that mysteries are made of. Ya know ….. “It was a gloomy night ……”

Standing in the dark, light rain falling, traffic zooming by, and their drivers did not seem to care that I’m there all alone. Maybe glad that they are safe in their cars? Even though I’m pretty sure I can take care of myself, I did feel a little vulnerable standing there all alone. After all, on any other day I would have been one of those drivers, safe in that mobile iron box.

Discipline or Corrective Action? What’s Your Preference?

Posted in General Information on February 9th, 2010 by Jim Suthers – Be the first to comment

The age old tradition is to use discipline as a means of changing behavior. The term “discipline” is typically associated with union contracts and has the usual verbal warning, written warning, suspension, and finally termination. There are many variations of this method such as paid suspensions, or two written warnings, but most pretty much follow this method.

I challenge that traditional method. The further you go into that progression, the less chance there is of changing the behavior.

A lot of jobs in a short period of time on a resume

Posted in General Information, Resumes on November 22nd, 2009 by Jim Suthers – Be the first to comment

Sitting here reading the 11-22-2009 Sunday Seattle Times, I ran across an article in the NWJobs section. A reader wrote that he wants to know how to respond to questions about why he has had 10 jobs in 12 years (because of the description of the jobs he held, I assume it’s a he) . He wants to deflect those questions and stress what he can do for the company and he wants advice on how to do that.

Why do you want to be a leader?

Posted in Leadership on November 21st, 2009 by Jim Suthers – Be the first to comment

Why would anyone want to supervise others? You get the nasty jobs…such as having to take corrective action, firing people, telling people “no” when you would rather say “yes”, work long hours with little thanks.

Well, because if you are really good at your job, the tremendous personal satisfaction you will have in being what I call a respected “class act” leader will keep you coming to work every day. There are a lot of people in supervisory roles today that should not be there. They are still out there, causing long-term damage to organizations. You have probably met some of them. They cause unions. They cause turnover. They cause morale problems. They should be anywhere but in a leadership role.