SHRM Launches Inaugural Blog for Its 2009 Annual Conference

Apr 20, 2009
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Social media component added to help HR professionals stay connected and informed

Alexandria, Va. – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) today launched a new blog (http://blogs.shrm.org/annual-conference-2009/) to help HR professionals prepare for its Annual Conference and Exposition in New Orleans June 28 – July 1.The event is the largest gathering of HR professionals in the world.

The new blog will provide daily updates over the next 10 weeks about conference sessions and speakers, networking events, volunteer opportunities, and how HR professionals can earn up to 26 certification and re-certification 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 new site, launched in February, offers multiple platforms for SHRM members and HR professionals to stay connected and informed about the latest HR issues, from in-depth white papers and 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’s 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 professional participate in conversations, learn from each other, and then take action.”

Also new this year 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 that 17% more HR professional are using social networking sites to recruit, verify resumes or screen applications.

For a full list of pre-conference and conference sessions, please visit www.shrm.org.

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About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the U.S. and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM at www.shrm.org.

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