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Career Preparation & Planning

Now more than ever, HR professionals are integral to aligning the human capital strategy with the business strategy to positively impact an organization's bottom line. Download this illustration that shows how to start and navigate a successful career in the growing and challenging field of human resources. 

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SHRM Is Your Career Partner

Effective HR practices and forward-thinking human capital strategies are integral to organizational success. But these are skills and competencies that can't simply be learned on the job. And that's why, in today's demanding job market, it takes continuous learning, authoritative resources and a strong network to be a stand-out HR professional or a successful HR leader. That's where SHRM membership comes in.

 

MEMBERS ONLY RESOURCES. Take advantage of SHRM's expansive library of toolkits, trends reports, ready-to-use templates, and legal and regulatory compliance information. With SHRM's trusted resources and expertise, you have the insight, research and tools to drive your career success. 

Hear what our members say about how SHRM is advancing the profession and serving the HR professional throughout their careers.

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"My SHRM membership initially gave me credibility within my organization and now provides me tools and resources to take my teams to the next level." 

--- Jeff Luttrell, SHRM-SCP



CERTIFICATION. Looking to expand your competencies or take the next career step through HR certification? The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP are the fastest-growing accredited HR credentials, held by more than 100,000 HR professionals. A SHRM competency-based certification shows employers that you are committed to developing and maintaining the proficiencies that make you the best in the business.   

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"SHRM-CP certification gave exposure to the HR best practices from HR professionals around the world."

– Rami Busbait, SHRM-CP



NETWORKING. Or, turn to SHRM to build your network and exchange ideas with other SHRM members. SHRM Connect is a vibrant online community, filled with thought-provoking member-to-member discussions.  Looking for an in-person community? Check out one of SHRM's more than 500 local chapters. 

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“The opportunities and resources that SHRM has provided me have taken me from entry-level HR to a SHRM-SCP-certified HR consultant, owning my own HR consulting business!”

--- Ronda Wakefield, SHRM-SCP


STUDENTS. Studying HR as a student? Leverage SHRM articles and research studies for classroom assignments. Or gain additional opportunities by joining your local student SHRM chapter. 

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“SHRM has enabled me to gain knowledge outside of my university’s curriculum, make valuable connections, build my leadership skills and grow as an aspiring HR professional.” 

– Gwyn Dubel, Baldwin Wallace University Student Chapter


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