Career Resources and Tools for SHRM Members Really Work

SHRM certification-holders assessed themselves as more proficient in all HR competencies

By Ashley Miller, M.A., SHRM-SCP December 12, 2018

SHRM's career resources pages for SHRM members reflect the Society's commitment to advancing the HR profession and serving HR professionals through continuous improvement. These user-friendly, interactive tools help you meet your commitment to developing your career and helping your organization. 

We also recognize your investment in SHRM membership and certification. You asked for career assistance to make the best return on that investment, and we listened. The career pages assist you, step by step, in identifying your developmental needs and the best ways to meet them. And in just one year since these resources and tools became available, more than 22,000 SHRM members have gotten started on self-improvement and have taken the Competency Self-Assessment (CSA)! 

The CSA brings dual value for SHRM members who are SHRM certification-holders. Completing the CSA not only helps you chart your best developmental path, you also earn one professional development credit (PDC) each year for doing so. With 2019 quickly approaching, there's no better time to revisit the CSA. Chart your development goals for the new year and earn another PDC toward recertification. 

If you are not yet a SHRM certification-holder, now is the time to accelerate your HR career by starting your journey toward a SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. Consider the CSA findings after one year: SHRM-certified members rated themselves as significantly more proficient in all competencies in the SHRM Competency Model than noncertified members did. 

Accelerate Your Career in 3 Easy Steps 

Having knowledge of something is not the same thing as being able to apply that knowledge. The two are related, but the former does not necessarily translate into the latter. In HR, applying your job knowledge is key to advancing your career. The following tools help you determine where you are in your development, what to do to go further and how to make it happen. 

Step 1. Where are you now? Take the Competency Self-Assessment (CSA). Self-reflection is the first step in a developmental process, especially career development. Use the CSA to rate your mastery of HR knowledge and your proficiency in key behaviors to apply that knowledge, so that you can better identify your competency strengths and developmental needs. 

Step 2. What are your best learning opportunities? Use the Development Activity Wizard (DAW). The next step is to cross-reference the results of your CSA with your learning preferences and build your behavioral proficiencies and technical expertise. The DAW points to the right educational opportunities and resources for you. It helps you think about how you prefer to learn (for example, on your own or led by an instructor, remotely or in person) and gives you a customized list of recommended activities tailored to your needs. 

Step 3. How do you put your goals into action? Create a Competency Development Plan (CDP). The third step is to put your CSA and DAW results to work. You know the where and what; now map out the how. A plan is action-oriented, helping you advance in your career as you continue to build your competencies and expertise. Use the CDP's templates to identify your career and development goals and create a plan for achieving them. 

Visit to put SHRM's resources and tools to work for you. 

Ashley Miller, M.A., SHRM-SCP, is manager, research products, SHRM Research.


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