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The SHRM Certification Team is pleased to announce the second annual "HRaiku" Contest, to honor the ingenuity of our readers during National Poetry Month, which is observed in April. The best HRaikus will be published in the April 12 issue of SHRM Certification Update. E-mail your entries to SHRMCertNews@shrm.org by March 30.
Haiku poems have a rigid structure of 17 syllables arranged in three lines. There are five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line and five syllables in the third line. Haikus don't need to rhyme. Your HRaiku should address some aspect of the HR profession, SHRM and/or certification. Be serious, wistful, comical, cynical or anything in between—just be original!
Here are a few of last year's winning entries for inspiration:
If I couldn't workWithin Human ResourcesLife would be so boring.
If I couldn't work
Within Human Resources
Life would be so boring.
— Michelle Aronson, SHRM-SCP, Chicago
What is good HR?A helping hand to support,An ear to listen.
What is good HR?
A helping hand to support,
An ear to listen.
—Ricki Olson, SHRM-CP, Waverly, Iowa
SHRM & Certification
What is the question?To CP or SCP:That is the answer.
What is the question?
To CP or SCP:
That is the answer.
—John Archer, SHRM-SCP, Orlando, Fla.
HR Comics & Cynics
Hiring is funAs long as they plan to stayTurnover is sad
Hiring is fun
As long as they plan to stay
Turnover is sad
—Angie Geist, SHRM-CP, Columbus, Ohio
Submit as many entries as you like via e-mail ONLY to SHRMCertNews@shrm.org no later than March 30, 2018. Please do not submit entries to any other SHRM e-mail address. Include your name—or pen name, if you don't want attention—plus your city, state, country and e-mail address (your e-mail address will not be published). Winners will be determined solely by the editors. No monetary gifts or prizes will be awarded other than a congratulatory e-mail, publication in the April 12 issue of the SHRM Certification Update newsletter, and the esteem of your colleagues. Good luck!
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