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    Human Resources Professional Certification Richard Propster, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP There is general consensus within the HR community that professional certification is an excellent way to augment credibility, establish trust, increase vocational knowledge, advance a career, and connect with the HR community sharing these desires.[1] If you’re seeking acknowledgement in the HR field, [...]

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    Rainy days John Grohol, PsyD, founder and CEO of Psych Central, after an overview of studies on weather and mood[1] concludes that “the overall preponderance of evidence suggests that weather can have more than just ‘a little effect’ on you mood.” Dr. Grohol asserts, “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a very real kind of depressive disorder wherein a person’s major [...]

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    Multiple Choice Testing and HRCI Certification Examinations Richard Propster There are as many ways of preparing for the PHR/SPHR and PHR/SPHR-CA certifications as there are people preparing for them. No single method fits everyone—you must decide which method best fits your personal style, level of commitment and other obligations and then craft your own plan. Know this, however: 1) [...]

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    An inexpensive, but valuable, resource by Sandra Reed for those preparing for the HRCI certification examination. PHR/SPHR for Dummies

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    9 STUDY TIPS FOR THE PHR OR SPHR EXAM BODY OF KNOWLEDGE By Sandra M. Reed One of the biggest oversights of people planning to take the PHR or SPHR exams is that they don’t properly utilize the roadmap that is the exam body of knowledge (BOK). This document is straight from the horse’s mouth — the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Although many excellent preparation [...]

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    "It was in mid-2016 when I applied for my dream PHR exam. Besides HRCI information, I realized there were not much shared openly from an examinee’s perspective. Now, having got my PHR certification, I’d like to contribute my own experience in case more people can benefit from it." Yu-Ling Peng has written a LinkedIn Pulse article recounting here preparation to sit for the Professional In [...]

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    Zapping, Mapping, Tapping and Capping

    Zapping, Mapping, Tapping and Capping: Managing Personal Paths to Change Richard Propster, SPHR, PHRca One way to visualize organizational change is as the distance from the “here and now” to the “there and then” — the route from the way things are to the way you choose them to be.  It involves a complex set of transitions through a diverse set of organizational conditions. The [...]

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    Strategic Partners

    Strategic Partners Richard Propster, SPHR, PHRca Contributions to your organization can be realized when your indirect contributions are conscientious and true to the tenets of modern human resource management.  Truly significant contributions to your organization come when your direct efforts harmonize with the stated purposes for which the organization exists and you thereby earn the status[...]

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    Screening Software Ups the Ante for Job Seekers

    Screening Software Ups the Ante for Job Seekers By Richard Propster on 5 October 2016 Selection for a desired position with a prospective employer requires more than a great résumé and winning smile. Scoring a job offer now often involves not only making a good impression on hiring authorities, but also on their automated screening software (ASS – insert your own witticism[...]

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    Best and Worst Practices for Searching for Opportunities Using LinkedIn

    Best Practices When Searching for Opportunities Using LinkedInBy Mery Propster, SPHR Here is a brief introduction to searching for opportunities using LinkedIn. Did You Know? Job search activity on LinkedIn is private. Your connections cannot see when you view, search for, or apply to a job. There are over 200,000 jobs posted on LinkedIn, with opportunities for every industry, location and [...]

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    HRCI Recertification Online Resources

    The following HRCI resources will provide all the information you need to establish an online HRCI account, keep track of your recertification credit hours and recertify without undue pain, angst or complications. Remember, the secret is the same for recertifying and eating an elephant: it is best accomplished a bite at a time. A Step by Step Guide to Submit Your Recertification Activities [...]

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    Nurturing References

    Nurturing References Richard Propster, SPHR-CA February 2014 Once you’ve completed the interview process, you might think it is time to relax.  Your portion of the hiring process is over and it’s now up to the employer to make a decision. Wrong!  The judging is far from over and are still very much a part of the process. Recognize that employers go into the hiring process harboring [...]

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    Ultradian Rhythms

    Ultradian Rhythms Richard Propster, SPHR, PHRca   Biological Rhythms and Energy A Circadian Rhythm is any biological process that displays an endogenous[1], entrainable[2] oscillation[3]of about 24 hours. The term circadian comes from the Latin circa, meaning "around" (or "approximately"), and diēm, meaning "day." These 24-hour rhythms are driven by a biological clock[4], and have [...]

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    Informational Interviews

    Informational Interviews Richard Propster, SHPR-CA February 2014 When exploring personal career goals, you may find you need additional particulars to develop your career arc.  Informational interviewing is a productive way to find out about an industry, a company or a position you are considering.  Talking with those experienced in careers you are considering can give you a sense for the [...]

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