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Advice on taking and passing the SPHR exam?

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Hello! I have a two part question: 1) is it worth it to obtain an SHRM specialty credential if I don’t have the broader SHRM certification? 2) has anyone gotten the People Analytics or Talent Acquistion credential? If so, how valuable was it from a learning perspective? Do you feel it significantly contributed to your knowledge in either area? Thank you!

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Ladies & Gentlemen, with one month left in Q2, some will fall short of our numbers. Others will hit them. I can’t speak for all of us here, however, I can speak for myself. That being said, I will NOT be one that comes up short of my number. Now, this leads me to you all, to present a question. If you have to prospect, if you’re looking for new business, is it worth $1500 to put 95% of your prospecting process on autopilot? If so, let’s chat.

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I’m mid-level in my HR career at my current company and an upcoming Master’s graduate. Studying for my SHRM-CP too. How did you make the transition to that next level? What skills do you need, or is it really just based on YOE (I am the youngest compared to my teammates, many who have 10+ YOE)? I feel like career pathing is not very clear at my company. Each time I ask for guidance on this from my manager, I get told they’ll look into it.... would love some external mentorship and thoughts 🙏🏼

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I am looking to gain certification or other credentialing in diversity and inclusion, not only because it would look good on my resume both for future job-search purposes and also to become better educated in this area, which is growing in importance. I looked at SHRM's "Inclusive Workplace Culture Specialty Credential" and got a bit of "sticker shock" at the cost - $1,655.00 for members. Does anyone have other suggestions on training/credentialing in this area?

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Does anyone have ideas for employee appreciation day? We have employees in US, Mexico and Canada

Are you or have you been the sole HR person at the company? What are the pros & cons? I haven’t been, but a recruiter reached out with an opportunity to be one. They currently use the parent company’s HR but are buying themselves out to be a stand alone firm. TIA!

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What training or guidance are you giving managers at your firms about managing hybrid teams? There is a lot out there on remote teams, but a lot of us are going back three days a week which means people at home and people in the room. Any tips to pass on?

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Any thoughts on the best certifications to get in order to help move forward? I have considered the CCP from World at Work, but it’s fairly pricey to get by the time you wrap up everything. I was looking at both SHRM-CP and SPHR. Everyone that I have spoken to has the SHRM, but that’s also only looking at individuals in a small geographic footprint and within 3-4 different companies. I was hoping to get some thoughts on this from others? Thanks

So, I'm really curious, for those of us who aren't essential workers, how are you handling return to work? Phases? 50% capacity? Self Identifying disclosures? Sanitization stations?

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How long, on average, did it take you to study before you could pass the PHR/SPHR exam? Did you think it was worth it?

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Hi everyone! Looking for some guidance on resources you use for benchmarking for workforce planning/DEI specifically in the tech space?

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First time founder - would you recommend square, stripe or something else for purchases between $150-$10k or what alternatively?

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Is there a way to verify an email address without sending emails? I need to verify A TON of emails, but don’t need to actually send them emails myself.

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Hi everyone, Looking for a M&A HR checklist that includes due diligence through integration. I have one but would like to see what else is out there and compare. Happy to share my email directly.

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What is the secret to CRM adoption and engagement?

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To those who have several years of experience ion TA: Do you think staying in the campus recruiting space limits you? Should one try to get exposure to other HR areas for the long run?

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Anyone work in Campus Recruiting? How are you planning for fall given uncertainty at schools/likelihood of virtual learning?

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I’m planning to buy the study materials for the SHRM-CP certificate through Amazon. What are the best ones to obtain?

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Question - how many interview rounds is normal before an offer? I’m doing a third round early next week and it feels like a lot. First round was 2 partners, second round was 2 associates, third round is 2 partners again (different ones). Is that a good or bad sign?

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Advice for if a recruiter asks about comp expectations? This is before any interview. They said 100k-200k base and 150-250k TC. I said 200k+ TC and 160k+ base, "depending on other potential opportunities", which is indeed my target. Should I have gone higher than my target or does the "+" and additional note take care of potential issues? I also didn't want to rule myself out straight away, so I thought staying in the middle of the range would make sense.

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Is Crafting Cases free material a good starting point for Deloitte strategy case study?

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How do I get my foot into the door in other industries as a data analyst with an internship at an ad agency? I’ve been applying a lot and haven’t gotten any interviews. Any advice?

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Advice on taking and passing the SPHR exam?

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Are there any differences between working as a S1 consultant in big 4 versus senior consultant in industry? Is 10% worth the move?

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What do you look for in hiring a junior AD? Portfolio-wise and person-wise? I’m midway through an internship and keeping my eye open.

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I fear the anxiety brought on by imposter syndrome is destroying me. How do you handle either? Starting to question if the work’s worth it. The money’s fine, but at the expense of my health?

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What’s a Senior Associate salary and bonus at EYP?

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What can you virtual gurus not live without? I am using Google Classroom with 4th graders. I love espark, EPIC, Flocabulary, Edpuzzle.

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Fire alarm/evacuation... how many points and how do you even ask for that lol

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I've been volunteering to take and pick up lunch orders for the last two weeks so I can order my wife a meal and expense it.

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