SHRM-Certified SHRM Staff Honored at White House Event

 Celebration of first anniversary of Pledge to America’s Workers commemorates employers’ dedication to upskilling workforce

By James Connors, SHRM-CP August 8, 2019
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​Organizations that signed the Pledge to America's Workers, including SHRM, were invited to the White House on July 25 to observe the initiative's one-year anniversary. Two SHRM employees, Savita Raeisian, SHRM-SCP, senior talent acquisition specialist, and Yuletta Pringle, SHRM-CP, HR knowledge advisor, attended as part of the celebration. We interviewed them about their experiences at the event to recognize employers who have committed to training and educating their workforces.

SHRM: You visited the White House as part of the Pledge to America's Workers celebration. Tell us about the SHRM initiative, and what it was like to attend the event.

Savita Raeisian: It's wonderful how SHRM has made a commitment to help HR professionals get the education and training they need to be successful. SHRM is truly invested in preparing a workforce for the future. In supporting this White House pledge, SHRM is agreeing to certify 127,000 HR professionals over the next five years. I think it's awesome how other organizations are looking to invest in their employees' career development. Going to the White House is one of those memories that I'm going to hold on to for years to come. I was honored and humbled to attend—an amazing opportunity and event, the cherry on top of my SHRM certification journey!

Yuletta Pringle: My visit to the White House was spectacular, a life experience I hope I never forget. I consider the Pledge to America's Workers very meaningful, first, as a committed and proud SHRM employee who obtained my SHRM-CP thanks to SHRM's investment and support. And, second, I am moved by an initiative that seeks to support members of the American workforce who may otherwise get overlooked or left behind as technology advances and the economy changes. The commitment of various American companies, as well as SHRM, to provide training paints a promising future.

SHRM: Why did you earn your SHRM certification?

Raeisian: To diversify my portfolio of skills as an HR professional. After I finished my master's degree, I was seeking the next educational opportunity to further myself. I had heard of the SHRM credential even before I joined SHRM as an employee. I have over 15 years of experience, and I wanted to continue growing my career.

Pringle: SHRM HR Knowledge Advisors are required to obtain their HR certification within a year of employment. While it was a requirement, I also wanted to prove myself as an HR expert among my peers and as a personal accomplishment. Both the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications are well-recognized among HR professionals and a badge of honor I wanted to wear.

SHRM: What was it like to prepare for the SHRM certification exam?

Raeisian: It took me about two and a half months to prepare with the SHRM Learning System. I studied pretty much every weekend at the library. It was a lot of work, but well worth it. The journey, being challenging, made it more rewarding. This certification gives you a breadth of knowledge over all aspects of HR. I also felt like SHRM really invested in me as a professional and gave me the tools to succeed. I want to thank my mentors at SHRM who encouraged me to stick with my July 2019 test date.

Pringle: Preparing for the exam was tough. I used all the resources available—online materials, books, flashcards. I attended a three-day prep class to help equip me with the knowledge and confidence to succeed. I also spoke with colleagues to get their feedback. Even with that and having over 25 years of experience, I was still extremely nervous.

SHRM: How excited were you when you saw the word "Pass" on the screen after you took the exam?

Raeisian: Oh my gosh! I was thrilled. I wish I could capture that moment on camera!

Pringle: I was actually in disbelief after I received my results. Before submitting my exam, I was so sure I had failed and would have to retake it that I started feverishly taking notes on areas to study further. I am probably a worrywart. I was literally ecstatic to find out I had passed!

SHRM: Any advice for those considering signing up for SHRM certification or for those currently studying for the test?

Raeisian: The SHRM Learning System was truly the best tool that helped me pass this exam. The practice quizzes and exams prepared me the most. And give yourself time—three to six months—to prep for the exam.

Pringle: I recommend devoting three months or more to studying. Utilize the all resources available. Commit to using the SHRM Learning System, print the flashcards, read the books, take the sample tests until you become comfortable with the content. I also found the three-day prep course to be very helpful and recommend it to anyone who can to sign up for it.

James Connors, SHRM-CP, is senior specialist, certification communications, at SHRM.

 

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