A reader writes:
I enjoyed your article on certification. I have my SPHR, and quite often, I don’t really think it means anything besides the fact that I could memorize facts and regurgitate same (nasty analogy, sorry).
I can honestly say that most of the issues I face on a daily basis were never covered in the training material. To pass the test, I mentally put myself in HR Utopia. In a perfect world, the ‘next step for this company would be…’ I haven’t truly found that having the certification provides the wow factors in businesses; it does provide wow factor for those of us in the HR field. We are a learned legion of competent professionals. What we have learned to take the test (and continue our certifications), creates increased knowledge for our employers.
The nagging doubt still remains: do our employers really know (care) about the certification? It isn’t a license, it doesn’t carry the same cachet as a CPA, and I myself will gladly defer to a lawyer, even though h/she and I are saying the same thing. I don’t disagree with the process to certify and recertify; that is necessary. Perhaps I’m seeking insight as to what employers really think/know about the certification.
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