What difference does it make? I know my stuff, I don't need to get any credentials. It won't really matter when I'm trying for my next job...will it?
Will You Be Ready
As tens of thousand of baby-boomers retire in the coming years the number of leadership opportunities will grow dramatically. For those HR leaders that are paying attention and are hungry to take the next step in their career it is important to understand what will separate you from the pack vying for those positions. Certification. Yes, experience, skills, knowledge and high energy are also important; but for the shrewd HR pro who presents with one (or even two) credentials, the future will be bright. Period.
Something for Everyone
The Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) has done a great job putting together a series of certification options including the PHR, SPHR, GPHR, and California versions of both the PHR and SPHR. Maybe you've been thinking about stepping up. Maybe you have a friend in the industry who has recently passed an exam. Maybe you tried and didn't quite pass the first time (as many others do too). Don't give up...get going and try again. The exams are difficult because they are supposed to be. They force us to study, and study, and study, because that's what legitimate certification exams require. When was the last time you heard of an accountant who didn't prepare for the CPA exam? That's right, never.
How About You
Are you willing to reach out to your your local SHRM Chapter for support? Are you willing to get back up on that horse and take the exam again? Are you willing to separate yourself from the pack? Or, is it easier to justify why it's all just a bunch of letters after your name?
I'd love to hear from you.
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