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How a Human Resources Certificate can Advance Your Career

A human resources certificate program is a valuable addition to your career portfolio. While work experience is important, there is no way to quantify whether or not a prospective job candidate’s experience has provided the education, knowledge and skill sets a company is looking for. Your human resource certificate will serve to validate your mastery of HR skills. In addition to advancing your human resources career, receiving an HR certificate can also help you to increase your lifetime salary potential.

A Human Resources Certificate Program is Your Academic Stamp of Approval

Once you receive an HR certificate, you have a stamp of approval from a nationally, and globally, recognized institute, indicating that you have the professional expertise and credibility required to be effective in an HR department. Your certificate can help you to land the jobs you want, as well as increase your ability to be promoted. Certificates oriented towards the field of human resources will also help you to move towards the upper-end of the salary schedule, which will help you to increase your net worth. Read More…

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5 Tips to Help Women in Business with Career Management

Though there has been significant progress concerning gender equality in the workforce, women are still lagging behind men when it comes to executive positions in business. According to career information at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Women in Business, women are particularly underrepresented in the C-suite and on corporate boards. The center’s data finds that women currently hold just 4.2% of CEO positions in Fortune 1000 companies.

Sheryl Sandburg, chief operating officer at Facebook and a high profile woman in business, recently asked women to “lean in” to their careers. Her book of the same title has sparked conversations across the country on how to empower women to reach their full potential.

Follow these five career management tips to help you stand out and assert yourself as woman in business. Read More…

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3 Questions to Ask Before you Consider a Human Resources Degree

If you are dreading going in to work everyday, there’s a good chance you are in a serious job rut and it might be time for a change. During your employment it is likely that you encountered and interacted with an HR professional. But, have you ever stopped to consider HR as a possible career for you?

The human resources department is extremely important at any company or place of employment for almost every field and industry. Human resources specialists, and other HR professionals, serve as liaisons between employees and their employer. You might be a good fit for a career in HR if you consider yourself a people person or enjoy working closely with others. Though some level of a human resources degree is required to be an HR specialist, there are a number of skills from your experience in the workforce that can transfer to this career as well. If you are wondering what skills you might already have that can help you in HR, ask yourself the following questions. Read More…

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HR Careers: An Introduction to Professional Employer Organizations

If you’ve recently graduated with a human resources degree, or are planning to go into the field, you’re probably wondering what your employment options will be. The downturn in the economy means that there are less corporate HR positions available. However, the employment services industry is on the rise, and a professional employer organization (PEO) may just be the right place for you to start gaining valuable experience in HR.                                 Read More…

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Jobs You Can Get with a Human Resources Degree

Receiving your human resources degree is the first step towards entering an exciting career field. There are multiple jobs you can get that fall under the Human Resources (HR) umbrella. In a small company, you may be the sole human resource specialist. In larger companies, you will join a dynamic HR team. Today, most companies require their HR employees to have a degree with an emphasis in human resources.

Here are some of the many jobs you can enjoy with a human resources degree from Bryant & Stratton. Read More…

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Preparing for a Career in Human Resources

When you enroll in the AAS in Human Resources program at Bryant & Stratton College, you’re taking an important step towards an exciting and versatile human resources career. Immediately after graduation from our program, students are eligible to apply for a variety of HR positions, and are well on their way towards higher earnings and career advancement.

The first thing you want to do is learn a little more about the types of careers available as an HR professional. Some of the jobs you will be qualified for include: Read More…

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When Is The “Right” Time to Go To HR for Help?

You’ve had it! You’re sick and tired of your supervisor’s behavior and you’re not going to tolerate it anymore. He gets on your nerves with micromanaging, perpetual grumpiness, ineffective work processes and he just gave someone else the assignment you really wanted.

Well, despite your frustration, don’t constantly head off to the human resources department to complain about him unless you want to risk being labeled a troublemaker. But, know that there are some perfectly legitimate reasons to request help.

“I wouldn’t recommend going to HR the same way you would to go a manager at a restaurant when you get bad service,” said Deb Cohen, senior vice president of knowledge development at the Society for Human Resource Management. “It really should be something of a more serious nature.” Read More…

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Setting a Path for Young HR Professionals

Studying to enter the human resource management field?

Here’s a great way to learn the ropes, set a career course and make contacts before you ever leave the college classroom: join the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Professional associations like this are not just for professionals. These organizations are happy to train, groom and teach the newest up and coming stars in their fields.

And SHRM is among the best when it comes to setting HR professionals on the path to success.

Director of Academic Initiatives for SHRM, Nancy Woolever, MAIS, SPHR, has outlined a list for HR students to follow as they complete their education and move into the field in order to be successful. Read More…

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Adventures in Human Resources


As I sat at my desk processing new hire paperwork, I was wondering if I was dreaming. Did I really hear a cat on the second floor of the suburban building my office was located in? Thinking I must be hearing things I continued to work on my paperwork. What I should have known is in the world of Human Resources, there is no typical day and that day was no exception.

Eight years earlier, on a hot and muggy day in Bowling Green, Ohio, I was sitting on the floor with a college catalog. I was struggling to figure out what career I would pursue after I graduated with my undergraduate degree.

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Mastering the Fine Art of the “I screwed up” Statement

The longer you work, sooner or later it’s going to happen to you: the major mess-up. You did something that was the result of perhaps not quite paying attention, missing a major detail, skipping a step in a work process to beat a deadline, or figuring that it wouldn’t really make that much difference if you just relied on someone else’s information rather than verifying it for yourself. The result: a classic screw up, the kind that’s going to be embarrassing at best, send your boss through the roof at worst.

It’s happened to all of us who’ve spent any time in the workplace, and after being read the riot act several times, you realize that the best way – in fact, the only way – to handle this type of career crisis is head-on. As soon as you realize you’ve made a mistake that may have an impact on the company, you want to pull together the following information, and be prepared to lay it out for your boss:

  1. Identify what the mistake was, and the potential damage that did or may result from the mistake.
  2. Identify what steps you can take or have taken to remedy the situation. (Your boss may have different or additional actions steps for you to take, but it helps if you’ve already tried to come up with some solutions.)
  3. Identify what happened to cause the mistake (focus on the relevant process malfunction or missed step; you don’t need to tell your boss that you missed something because you stayed up all night playing Texas hold’em with your friends and were suffering from major sleep deprivation).
  4. Describe what steps you will take in the future to make sure the mistake doesn’t happen again (again, focus on the process – how you will double check the key information, verify that all steps have been completed, etc. No need to mention your pledge to avoid playing cards til 4:00am on a weeknight in the future….)

Your goals in mastering your “I screwed up” statement are to make it clear to your boss that you know you messed up, and you intend to take responsibility for it (thus building your boss’s confidence in your honesty and reliability). Also, you want to make sure that you’re the one delivering this information rather than the woman three cubicles down who’s got it in for you.

Bottom line:

  • Never let your boss learn of your screw-up from anyone other than you.
  • Never try to hide information about a mistake; know that it will almost always surface, and in the worst ways at the worst possible time.
  • Never let your boss get blindsided by something you did and concealed from him/her; it makes bosses look bad, and they’ll never forgive you for it – or trust you again.

So start rehearsing your speech now: “Boss, do you have a moment? I need to tell you about a situation that came up and how I’d like to handle it if this meets with your approval….”

About the Author

Acclaimed Career Coach, Kim Dority is a frequent presenter for Bryant & Stratton College Online. Dority is an information specialist, consultant, career coach, published author and adjunct professor at the University of Denver in Colorado. She has written extensively on career development for students and new graduates and is a frequent presenter, lecturer and panelist on career-related topics. Kim’s areas of expertise include professional branding, career transitions and career sustainability.

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