HR Certification Represents What Talent Management Is About

By Sharlyn Lauby, SHRM-SCP May 2, 2016
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As HR professionals, we're sometimes so busy taking care of the organization that we forget to also focus on ourselves, placing our own talent management needs low on the priority list. This became clear to me at SHRM’s 2016 Talent Management Conference & Exposition, which recently wrapped up in Orlando, Fla.

The event was a networking- and knowledge-filled success, with great sessions about identifying and growing talent within an organization. I now have plenty of good strategies to share on learning and development, succession planning, and more. My presentation on "Measuring Talent Acquisition Effectiveness" was well-received.

But my big takeaway from the conference was about my role as an HR professional in talent management, and the role of HR certification in our careers.

We have to make time to focus more on our own needs to grow and develop within the profession—and to improve in how we find, hire, onboard, develop, engage and retain future HR talent.

Those hard-earned letters after our names represent our competence. They demonstrate our commitment to the HR profession. Certification tells the story of the knowledge we gain when studying for the exam, the application of that knowledge in the workplace, and what we continue to learn from other HR professionals by participating in study groups and attending workshops. Our credentials can help us move up the career ladder or find new opportunities.

And that’s what talent management is all about—driving success. It’s about having the right people in an organization to help the business achieve its goals. That definitely includes HR.

Sharlyn Lauby, SHRM-SCP, is president of the ITM Group Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and an author, speaker, consultant and top digital influencer. She is best known for her blog, HR Bartender, which has been recognized as one of the top 5 HR blogs by SHRM and as a best business blog by the Stevie Awards.

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