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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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Atlanta Survey Finds Positive Views About Today's Job Candidates

October 9 2007 - A survey commissioned in metropolitan Atlanta by American InterContinental University (AIU) has found that local employers believe today's job seekers are better equipped for productive employment than their equivalents in the past.

AIU commissioned the online survey of 250 employers/managers involved in the hiring process in large and small companies (under 50 to over 5000 employees) to find out what employers think about the educational benefits that job candidates are bringing with them. AIU chose Metro Atlanta for the survey because of its 'explosive growth and diverse demographics'.

In general, the surveyed employers considered that their new hires had educational experiences that would help them to contribute rapidly to the organization. But there were also some unexpected findings:

  • 90 per cent of respondents were satisfied with the level and quality of education among new employees.
  • 91 per cent of employers/managers felt their new hires could immediately make a significant contribution to the organization.
  • A third of respondents believed new hires to be better qualified today than candidates from five years ago - conclusion some people might find surprising.
  • 'Responsibility' and 'communication' skills were rated highly among desirable attributes in new hires but being a 'team player' came well down down the list. Partly, this might be due to the fact that respondents tended to feel that this quality was already displayed in abundance by new employees.
  • Most hiring managers wanted to to see more job candidates with a bachelor degree and three out of four felt that additional external skills training and certificate classes were needed - a matter of interest to America's colleges and universities.
  • Three out of four employers encouraged current employees to engage in outside training but far fewer offered financial assistance for continuing education to the same workers.

According to Dr. George Miller, CEO of American InterContinental University, the perception of high quality among job seekers and new employees might be due to the wide range of higher education opportunities in the metro Atlanta area. For example, AIU has two campuses in the area and also offers online access to a variety of degree-track educational opportunities.

Dr. Miller said:

"One concern of mine is the ability of colleges and universities to keep pace with the ever-changing needs of industry. The American business community can change at warp speed, especially in a high-growth region. Fortunately for our students, and for the companies that employ our graduates, AIU makes use of industry advisory groups to help us keep pace with, and continuously fine tune our academic offerings to, the constantly-evolving needs of employers."

He added: "It also concerns me that, while many employers indicate that they would like to see more education and training opportunities for current employees, a relatively small percentage of employers contribute financially to continuing education. This shortfall in employer funding assistance seems to be most true in relation to online education - which is the growth area in higher education circles. This disconnect could, in the long run, lead to a downturn in the very opportunities that employers indicate they want to see for employees. To offset some of the disconnect between higher education and the world of business, I would like to see more cooperation between academia and corporate America. This might well be America's next great challenge in a global world."

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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