"Exciting and Pivotal Time for the HR Profession"

On June 11, SHRM CEO Hank Jackson addressed a group of SHRM members at a town hall meeting in Alexandria, VA.

Below is an excerpt from his remarks:

This is an exciting and pivotal time in our profession.  Now, more than ever, HR teams are required to assume a greater leadership role, contributing to the strategic direction of their organizations.  HR has always been the internal driver in ensuring the organization’s competitive edge by securing the right talent and developing the right initiatives to retain that talent. HR is now a critical asset to the risk and reputation management of organizations. The profession is no longer just about what you know – but how you do your job. 

SHRM is your HR professional society, with more than 280,000 members, and we’ve always focused on making sure HR practitioners are seeking and attaining certification.  Over the past several years, SHRM has been leading the profession in the development of a competency-based education.  SHRM’s new certification is the culmination of over three years of research, and based on the SHRM HR Competency Model, which was validated by more than 30,000 HR professionals around the world. These HR professionals identified the skills needed to grow and succeed in HR careers.

For more than a decade, SHRM has discussed with members and debated the best way to achieve these added competencies. The SHRM certification program is among the first certifications that focus on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to excel in their careers today, including knowledge, skills and competencies.  A certification exam that included these competencies was a natural step forward. 

For a copy of his presentation please visit the following link on SHRMcertification.org.


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