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PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide

by Sandra M Reed and Anne M. Bogardus
The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exams from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) reflect the evolving industry standards for determining competence in the field of HR. Serving as an ideal resource for HR professionals who are seeking to validate their skills and knowledge.
This new edition is must-have preparation for those looking to take the PHR or SPHR certification exams in order to strengthen their resume.
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PHR Study Guide 2017

PHR Study Guide 2017: PHR Certification Test Prep and Practice Questions for the Professional in Human Resources Exam

Think all PHR®/SPHR® study guides are the same? Think again! With easy to understand lessons and practice test questions designed to maximize your score, you'll be ready.
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Corporate Communication

Corporate Communication: A Guide to Theory and Practice

by Joep P. Cornelissen
  Academically grounded, it covers the key concepts, principles and models within corporate communication by bringing together academic knowledge and insights from the subject areas of management and communication
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"Career Opportunities are the Ones that Never Knock"

by John Scott

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The notion of a job for life was a creation of the last century which never really made it in to this one as organizations delayered, re-engineered, merged, acquired and outsourced.

Along with it went one model of career development – a series of linear, consecutive movements up the company hierarchy. Less than 15 years ago many large companies had a department of manpower planning in the HR function, so measured and consistent was the movement of staff. Not only could individuals plot their careers, but the company plotted and then managed this process.

Moving up the ladder

This ladder-like move was driven by professional/vocational training in the early stages, followed by specialist and managerial experience, leavened on occasion by luck and good timing. Key moves would be symbolised by a bigger car, smarter office and other perks. In an international accounting firm, one measure was the size of desk; in a leading university, the positioning and indentation of one’s name in the annual handbook.

"They offered me the office, offered me the shop

They said I’d better take anything they’d got"

The Clash, "Career Opportunities"

A move outside the company would be to a senior role in a more-or-less recognisable route taken by many others. For professional service firms, it involved qualifying and then going to work for a client or intermediary with a resulting feeding frenzy whenever final exam results were available. In public sector organisations where talent was supposedly rare and professional networks closed, movement between employers represented an upwardly-spiralling roundabout rather than a one-way street. Start in a, move to b and c and then return to one of them in a more senior role.

As the HR profession developed, so too did career paths attached to it. Administration, recruitment, business partner, management, further specialisation in e.g. reward or management development, then leadership. Until quite recently this is what we could look forward to and probably expect.

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John Scott is a London-based European HR consultant. He can be contacted on The article benefits from a reading of Ghoshal and Bartlett’s The Individualized Corporation and its title is taken from "Career Opportunities" by The Clash.

Successful Onboarding

Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization

Mark Stein and Lilith Christiansen
  Fact: 1/3rd of all external hires are no longer with the organization after 2 years. What can you do about it? In a word: onboarding; although poorly understood, subject to narrow definitions, and with limited best practice understanding or management rigor. Consultants Mark Stein & Lilith Christiansen have worked with leading companies on it, and they've synthesized their work into a ready to use system.
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The HR Answer Book

The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals

by Shawn A. Smith, Rebecca A. Mazin
  The HR Answer Book addresses 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with, from recruiting and hiring to discipline and termination, compensation and benefits to training and employee relations. Accessible and concise, this on-the-job companion offers expert guidance on all types of "people" issues.
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