IHRIM: Your Book of Opportunities in 2014

According to the US government (USAgov.com), the top 5 most popular New Year’s resolutions are:

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  • Lose Weight
  • Volunteer to Help Others
  • Quit Smoking
  • Get a Better Education
  • Get a Better Job


While I wish IHRIM could help with the first resolution (top on my list, again, this year), and we don’t have a smoking cessation program, IHRIM can help you with three resolutions – Volunteering, Education, and Career Growth.


Volunteer to Help Others
The IHRIM Volunteer Program provides you opportunities to become an active participant in our community by sharing your skills and knowledge to help IHRIM and the HRIM profession to grow.

There are many benefits including both personal growth and professional development that can be gained through active participation on a committee or other volunteer assignment. Skills in communication, teamwork, project planning and oversight, and financial responsibility are constantly developed through participation. If you hold an HRIP credential, your volunteer activities will earn you recertification credit hours (RCHs) to help you meet your continuing certification requirements.


Get a Better Education
IHRIM’s mission is to “To be the leading professional association for knowledge, education, and solutions supporting the Human Resource Information Management community.” Since our inception in 1980, providing our members and the HRIM community at large quality education has always been one of IHRIM’s primary goals. Add in the knowledge from not just our educational programs but also our publications, and the solutions from networking with colleagues and the leading HR technology vendors, and you have a blend of opportunities to further your professional development.

But sometimes it is easier said than done when trying to balance work, family, and other personal responsibilities with continuing your education. This is why IHRIM offers you a variety of options to fit your needs and budget. Our 2014 Conference & Technology Expo, to be held June 1-4, 2014 at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA, is your one stop shop for learning. In one location, you have access to ½ day and full day pre-conference courses and over 50 educational sessions targeted to your career needs, a variety of networking activities that allow you to connect with colleagues from around the world and admission to our Exposition Hall, where you have the opportunity to visit with the leading service providers in our industry.

Our webinars are offered throughout the year at no cost to members. Our topical Forums are offered both online and in person (our Workforce Analytics Forum will be held in New York on March 18). We have courses available as in-house offerings – a great value if you are looking to educate both you and your team.


Get a Better Job
Getting a better job does not necessarily mean you leave your current employer; your goal may be to get a better position within your current organization. And what better way to demonstrate your expertise and experience than getting your HRIP credential and adding it to your resume! IHRIM’s Human Resource Information Professional (HRIP) certification program is designed to assess the knowledge and competencies of professionals in the HR information management field. Passing the exam indicates a demonstrated comprehensive understanding and proficiency of the defined body of knowledge in HR information management. Plus, the recertification requirements ensure that you keep abreast of changes in the field.

And similar to education, we make it convenient for you to prepare and sit for the certification exam. IHRIM offers three delivery methods to accommodate individuals (as well as groups) to take the exam, including conveniently located testing centers around the world, live proctoring that allows candidates to take the exam wherever and whenever is most convenient, and at host locations, such as in conjunction with an industry event or the annual IHRIM Conference.

If you are attending the IHRIM 2014 Conference we are offering both the HRIP Review Course and the HRIP Exam.

If you are looking for a new position or in-between jobs, I encourage you to peruse the job opportunities on our Career Center, custom tailored for the Human Resource and Human Resource Information Management industry. Looking to fill a position? Create an Employer Account and post your Human Resource Information Management jobs today.


Make 2014 a year you take full advantage of your IHRIM membership. With IHRIM’s help, this can be your year to stick to your resolutions of volunteering, becoming better educated and advancing your career. If you are not yet an IHRIM member, make joining IHRIM your number one resolution!

– Lynne E. Mealy, HRIP

This posting originally appeared in the January IHRIM eUpdate. To read the full issue, go to https://ihrim.org/eupdate/IHRIM_eUpdate_Jan2014.pdf

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