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Exam Prep Problem: I get hung up on practice questions like this: “What is the first step in implementing …”

TIPS FOR TACKLING “FIRST STEP” QUESTIONS It’s essential to understand how to interpret the language of the questions, especially when terms like “implementing” can imply a specific phase of a project or initiative. When you encounter a question that asks, “What is the first step in implementing…,” it’s crucial to consider the context of the question within the framework it references, such as the ADDIE…

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EXAM CONCEPT DEEP DIVE: COMPA-RATIO

Even though I’ve shown a spotlight on compa-ratios numerous times in our Facebook group, I think it’s time to dig deeper into this incredible tool we have in our arsenal. Everyone can benefit from this quick read, however, SPHR and SHRM-SCP candidates, this concept deep dive is especially for you! What is Compa-Ratio? Compa-Ratio, short for “Comparative Ratio,” is a key metric used in human…

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Rekindling Your HR Flame: A Personal Journey to Overcoming Burnout

Dear Fellow HR Professional, I write to you as a well-seasoned HR practitioner and business consultant who has weathered the storms, scaled the peaks, and danced with the daily challenges that our noble profession throws our way. Over the years, I have learned that while we dedicate ourselves to the well-being of others, it’s equally crucial to nurture our own spirits. Today, I want to…

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Test-taking Tip: Mastering Situational Judgment Questions with the STAR Technique

Earning an HR certification, such as the PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP, is a significant milestone that showcases your expertise and commitment to excellence in the HR field. A crucial aspect of these certification exams is the situational judgment questions, which assess your ability to apply HR knowledge, ethical decision-making, and critical thinking skills in real-world scenarios. To tackle these challenging questions effectively, the STAR…

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The Importance of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Human Resource Management

In the dynamic and ever-evolving world of business, effective decision-making plays a crucial role in determining the success of an organization. This holds especially true for human resource management, where the management of a company’s most valuable asset, its employees, is paramount. Among the various tools and techniques available, one approach that has gained significant prominence is cost-benefit analysis. Cost-benefit analysis is a systematic evaluation…

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Example SPHR 12-week Study Plan

Week 1-2: Strategic Business Management During these weeks, you will cover topics related to business strategy, organizational effectiveness, and corporate social responsibility. You will learn about the role of HR in developing and implementing business strategies, as well as how to measure organizational effectiveness. You will also cover concepts related to corporate social responsibility and business ethics. Business Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness Organizational Development Change Management…

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Example PHR 12-week Study Plan

Week 1-2: Exam Overview and Test Format Familiarize yourself with the PHR exam content outline and test format. Review the eligibility requirements and exam registration process. Understand the exam scoring system and passing criteria. Identify your strengths and weaknesses based on the exam content outline. Week 3-4: HR Strategic Management Study HR strategic planning and its importance in organizational success. Understand the role of HR…

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Example SHRM-SCP 12-week Study Plan

Week 1-2: HR Competencies Review the SHRM BASK to familiarize yourself with the core Behavioral Competencies and HR Expertise Domains you will be tested on. Take a full-length practice exam from a reputable source to gauge baseline knowledge and competency, noting strengths and weaknesses in competency as well as test-taking skills to focus more of your study time on deficiencies and giving strengths a quick…

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Example SHRM-CP 12-Week Study Plan

Week 1-2: HR Competencies Understanding of the core competencies required for HR professionals and how to develop them. Leadership and Navigation: leadership styles, decision-making processes, ethical leadership, motivation theories Ethical Practice: code of ethics, ethical dilemmas, stakeholder management, corporate social responsibility Business Acumen: financial analysis, business strategy, market research, competitive analysis Consultation: needs analysis, consulting process, client relationship management, conflict resolution Critical Evaluation: data analysis,…

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EXAM CONCEPTS: DEIB DEIB stands for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and it refers to the principles and practices that promote a workplace culture that values and respects individuals from diverse backgrounds, ensures equitable treatment and opportunities for all employees, fosters an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome and valued, and promotes a sense of belonging among employees. Human resources management plays a critical role…

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