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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 2019-2020: 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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7 Simple Tips to Getting Hired Fast

Getting Hired

March 18 2020 - Need to get a job fast? Or are you looking to upgrade from your current role as soon as possible?

Getting hired for a new job is an exciting, if not overwhelming time in your life.

If finding a new job is your top priority, though, there are some things you can do to speed up the process.

In this article, we'll look at seven simple tips for getting a job fast.

1. Update Your Resume

The first step for anyone looking for a new job is to update their resume, or curriculum vitae (CV).

This one-page document tells employers what your work history is like, where you went to college, and what employable skills you bring to the table.

Notice how it says "one-page" - that's intentional. Some people send multiple pages to prospective employers, which isn't usually necessary.

Sending too much information gives HR departments reason not to call you. There's too much information to sift through, and it also dates you. You'll see how this tip also applies to #3 below.

For now, work on getting your resume right and fine-tune it down to one page of your best work experience.

Check out this post for more on updating a resume.

2. Gather Other Resources

Especially if you're looking to move or relocate, gathering other materials that speak to your work experience and abilities is essential for standing out.

A resume is a good start, but at the end of the day, it's one piece of paper in a stack of other likely-qualified candidates. If you can provide documents that help you stand out, you're much more likely to get a call.

For example, you might send along:

  • Testimonials or letters of recommendations
  • Portfolio samples of your work
  • Statistics/data that prove your work gets results
You can create a small PDF collection of these resources and attach them to your application.

3. Craft A Specific Cover Letter

Perhaps one of the most overlooked pieces of applying for jobs is the cover letter you attach with your resume. So if you do it well, you're much more likely to stand out.

The truth is, most people spend hours crafting a good resume, then send the same generic cover letter that's been copy/pasted along with it.

Remember, human resources departments read hundreds of these letters every month (if not thousands). If you're copy/pasting and it's obvious, it's a sign to them that you're not very serious about the job.

Feel free to use the same general template for your cover letters, but craft a specific, attention-grabbing message to each employer. Do your best to mention at least one specific thing that inspired you to apply.

What do you like about their company? What can you offer specifically to their business? Anything you can do here to make calling you a no-brainer will go a long way.

4. Reach Out To Your Network

Now that you've got the basic materials together, it's time to start leveraging your greatest asset when it comes to finding a job - your network.

As the adage goes: it's all about who you know.

Make a list of the people you know from your current work, past jobs, or other relationships (college, family members, etc.). Then send them messages, letting them know you're in the market for a job and wondering if they have any leads.

It's important not to come off as irritating or desperate. Be professional with your message, and again, do not copy/paste.

You crafted your resume and cover letter first because you never know how quickly someone might reach out for these materials. Better to be prepared.

5. Subscribe To Job Recruiter Websites

It won't hurt to set up a profile on websites like ZipRecruiter, Indeed, or LinkedIn. This is essentially like setting up two more virtual resumes, so it will take some time.

But the benefit of doing this is that the algorithms will match prospective jobs directly to you, then email you about them when they become available.

There tend to be lots of competition on these websites, so don't be discouraged if you apply to several jobs and don't hear anything. Many listings may have already been filled but not taken off the website.

6. Be Yourself At Interviews

If (when) you get interviews, remember to always play from a position of strength when you sit down to answer questions.

No matter how dire your financial/work situation is, it's important to stay calm, be yourself, and act confident so that you seem like an ideal candidate for the job.

At the end of the day, these people called you in because they've identified your skills as a potential match for their company. The interview is a good time to show them you're not only skilled but easy to work with and will fit in with their culture there.

7. Follow Up

Finding a new job can be discouraging at times, but if getting hired fast is a priority, you should follow up with every opportunity that you apply for, and anyone that gets in touch with you.

Companies are just as busy as you are, and sometimes information gets lost on a pile. Simply sending an email or making a phone call to check the status of your application could lead to an interview or at least show the business you're serious about working there.

And for what it's worth: a short thank you message never goes out of style.

Getting Hired Fast

Finding a new job can be overwhelming, but there are some keys to getting hired fast.

At the end of the day, it comes down to preparation, thoroughness, and work ethic on your part. Show companies you're serious about getting hired and working for them, and they'll be more likely to play ball on their end.

For more tips on human resources and getting hired, check out our website. Happy job hunting!

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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