The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has launched a blog to help HR professionals learn more about and prepare for the 2009 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans, to be held June 28-July 1. The blog can be accessed by visiting http://blogs.shrm.org/annual-conference-2009.
The blog will provide daily updates over the coming weeks about conference sessions and speakers, networking events, volunteer opportunities, and how HR professionals can earn up to 26 certification and recertification credits over the four days.
SHRM’s first-ever blog comes on the heels of a redesigned web site, which was built on a new platform to help HR professionals take advantage of emerging tools and technologies. The site, launched in February 2009, offers multiple ways for SHRM members and HR professionals to stay connected and informed about the latest HR issues, from in-depth white papers and research articles to breaking news stories and video tutorials.
“Social media is changing the way HR professionals stay current in their jobs, from recruiting and screening job applicants to connecting and engaging with others to share best practices and solve problems,” said SHRM COO China Gorman. “SHRM is excited about moving into this rapidly evolving space and has taken an integrated approach with our platforms to blend in the tools, resources and information to help HR professionals participate in conversations, learn from each other, and then take action.”
Also new for 2009 is an inaugural session on Twitter and blogging at the SHRM Annual Conference. Gorman will moderate a panel discussion comprised of leading HR bloggers to examine cutting-edge HR practices. A SHRM survey conducted in October 2008 found a big increase in HR professionals who are using social networking sites to recruit, verify resumes or screen applications.
For a full list of preconference and conference sessions, visit http://www.shrm.org/Conferences/annual/Pages/default.aspx.