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A first-of-its-kind longitudinal survey of the HR profession, the SHRM Study of HR Careers, will launch in early August. Focusing on the career paths of HR practitioners, SHRM will follow up with survey participants over the coming years to see how their work experiences change over time.
Among the issues to be explored by the SHRM Study of HR Careers survey are:
What career experiences lead to more professional success? To less success?
How do certain events derail a professional from career advancement?
What are the most successful behaviors of professionals now? Over the next five years?
The results of this project will add to SHRM's extensive research base, as the organization seeks to integrate knowledge of the key attributes for HR success with a better understanding of how HR career paths progress. The ambitious effort aligns with SHRM's mission to advance the HR profession, also one of the goals of SHRM Certification.
E-mail invitations to become part of this important project will be sent to selected SHRM members soon.
To ensure that the SHRM Study of HR Careers survey is successful, e-mail invitees are urged to accept. Those contacted should note that all survey responses will be completely confidential; SHRM will not share participants' data with anyone, under any circumstances. In addition, SHRM will compensate participants with gift cards and, if applicable, PDCs for recertification.
Only with widespread participation will SHRM be able to more deeply understand the career paths and experiences of HR professionals.
Jim Kurtessis is manager of SHRM Certification.
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