Maybe it’s because the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) just launched their new Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential, but I’ve been receiving quite a few questions lately about certifications. Over the years, I’ve written quite a bit about the topic, so I thought I would put the articles all in one place for easy reference.
Since I just mentioned it, here’s some information about SHRM’s new Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential. It’s not the same as a certification, but it does demonstrate knowledge and is worthy of your attention.
When it comes to certifications, I’ve always said that this is a very personal decision. I can’t tell someone what certification to pursue. I can say this . . . you should definitely want and be proud of any certification you choose to pursue because it will always mean more to you than anyone else. Even when employers encourage and support earning certifications. Even when job openings indicate that a particular credential is preferred. Those letters after your name will always mean more to you than anyone else.
So, take your time and choose the one you want. There are lots of certifications out there too. Here’s a short list below. Oh, and make sure to read the comments because readers added a few I missed.
It’s possible that you’ll put together a short list of certifications to do extensive research on. Here are some thoughts on how to weigh the pros/cons.
One of the certifications I hold is the SHRM-SCP, which is based on the SHRM Competency Model. Here’s some background information about that specific certification.
Once you’ve decided on the certification to pursue, it’s time to put together an action plan. These articles talk about how to study, including some words of wisdom from individuals who have been there.
Finally, no conversation about credentialing would be complete without some information about recertification. I believe this is one of the most important components of the process. Not to take away from all of the hard work that it took to earn the credential, but the on-going commitment to professional development is one thing that sets certification apart from other forms of professional development.
As human resources professionals, we spend a lot of time advising employees and managers on ways to develop their careers. And credentials and certifications are one of them. Now, it’s time to take our own advice. Do your research and find the right credential or certification that showcases your knowledge and skills.
Oh, and a quick P.S. One of the easiest ways to earn recertification points is by reading. There are several HR and business-related booksthat are eligible for professional development credit (PDC) through SHRM. Including my books “Manager Onboarding” and “The Recruiter’s Handbook”. I hope you’ll check them out.
Image captured by Sharlyn Lauby while doing some training in California12