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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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Straight & Wobbly Lines To The US
by John Scott

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Recruitment Professionals

I have spoken and corresponded with US headhunters, a number of whom are clearly feeling bruised as a result of the state of the economy. One poor chap was almost in tears at the lack of activity given recruitment of any kind is usually first in to and not always first out of an economic downturn. Some have been very helpful. The larger ones tend to present a Catch 22 response – our research colleagues help identify suitable candidates and if you don’t pop up on their radar, we don’t have a conversation. Given that I am a self employed consultant several thousand miles away, the radar signals can only be weak.

Most headhunters have a web-based registration facility and indeed one is named after the all-knowing computer in 2001:A Space Odyssey. I don’t know if this is a good thing, but I haven’t heard much from HAL recently.

And I have made active use of European contacts and alumni from my old firm to make introductions across the pond, further reinforcing the insight that US IT, telecoms, financial and professional service businesses have been in interesting times recently.

Other Routes To Market

The wobbly or unorthodox approach has involved other activities.

US business schools are more entrepreneurial than their European counterparts with many academics enjoying reputations as consultants to global businesses. I have applied to a number to continue my consulting experience and get to the bottom of whether a nagging doubt about teaching will ever be more than a doubt.

In every application and discussion, I offer to visit in my time and at my expense. So far, there have been no takers.

I continue to write on HR, having published and presented on a number of subjects, enjoying the discipline of research and the challenge of committing my thoughts to paper. On this occasion, I also have a new subject - my career.

Hiking And Recruitment

In 2000 I hiked the 2160 mile Appalachian Trail to celebrate my 40th birthday and now believe I can do almost anything. Finding a job in the US must surely fit this category and I remain optimistic of success.

John Scott is a London-based European HR consultant having previously worked for Coopers & Lybrand. He was a prize winning MS student at LSE and his MBA is from City University Business School. John can be contacted on

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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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