HR bees, wanna talk about working in HR?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Ooo great thread, I have zero experience in Hr and I’m considering taking my certification so I definitely am interested.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I am going to school in January for this and would also like to hear more!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Depends on what info you are looking for. I have five years’ experience, my PHR certification, and am completing my Master degree in HR & Labor Relations at a top 2 school in December. The HR field is very diverse — employee relations, recruiting, organizational behavior, training & development, business strategy, comp & benefits, employment law…

I guess my advice would be pick the subfield of HR you would be most happy in (because if you go back to school specifically for HR, they are going to teach you ALL of it, but you need to know what works for you) and focus on finding a job in that area.  Or, become a generalist for a few years & then transition.  The field is lucrative & a lot of fun, if you ask me… just depends on what you want to do.  Like I would not be caught dead being a recruiting because I don’t like new people lol.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mu_t:  You need a combination of school and experience or more years of experience to take the PHR or SPHR certification.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@deetroitwhat:  i’m canadian so here i can take a certification at University of Toronto without previous experience in the field. I’ve looked into it. I have an education in a completely unrelated field but I am working in a company that is very into transitioning into other roles and helping you progress your career.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mu_t:  Ahh got it.  I don’t know what your tests are like here, but here in the US, PHR has less than 60% pass rate for first time test takers; SPHR even less.  The minimum is 1 year of experience plus 4 year degree I think.

Without the years of experience in HR, I highly doubt I would have passed the test based on my education alone… BUT that’s just me.  I am more of a hands on learner.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@mu_t:  Hey I’m just north of you – in Barrie.  I’m into my 2nd week of the post graduate HR program at the college here. Finished university in 2007 and worked as a supply teacher ever since but teaching wasn’t for me.  I also have zero HR experience or business education background… but you don’t need it for the program.  So far, so good… but I think it’s going to be a challenging program.

 

Looking forward to hearing from some more HR bees!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m working on my Master’s in Organizational Development and trying to break into the HR field. Interested in the discussion on this thread!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MrsPhilly:  i just sent you a PM!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I work in recruiting so I’d be happy to answer questions about what it’s like to be a recruiter as well.  I just graduated with my MBA in HRM but have almost six years of experience as a recruiter.

 

I was planning to take my PHR this fall but then my old manager told me to wait.  You need only 4 years exempt experience to take the SPHR with a masters degree so I’m waiting.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@deetroitwhat:  Ditto.  I passed the SPHR in January and it only had a 47% pass rate and I have 10 years of experience in HR.  It was HORRIBLE!!!! 

@Cluelessbride10:  

 

If anyone is thinking of taking it let me know.  I have good study tips!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Penelopeee:  I’d love to know how you studied.  My manager told me to skip the PHR and just wait a couple more years to take the SPHR.  She said it will help me more.  I’m a horrible standardized test taker so I’ll take any tips I can get.

Do you think the SHRM classes are worth the money?

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Penelopeee:  In terms of the tests and what you will use it for — I don’t see a huge difference in certification designation in the HR field. At the end of December I qualify to take the SPHR and I doubt I will. I am more interested in moving on and taking CEBS. The job market here is more like eh, you have your PHR or SPHR that’s good we don’t care which one lol. For both tests the Anne Bogardus book is a great resource. 

 

@chillinchillin:  Yes MSU is the program #2 with Cornell being number one. I love school to be totally honest. I am in my last semester & I am taking OB, Collective Bargaining & Training & Development. I’m just glad my stats classes are over lol. I have seriously thought about getting another Master degree in Employment Law, but I am tapped out. This is my 3rd degree and i just need to move on which is why I am considering another certification like CEBS an d possibly the CPP since I have done payroll consistently throughout my HR career. Is rather find an employer to pay for it this time lol…

i can give some tips on the PHR if anyone is interested. But to be totally honest I studied less than a week because I took it right after the baseline course for my master degree which served as a prep.

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