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December 2019 Newsletter

Thursday, November 21, 2019  
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December 2019

President's Pen

By Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Happy Holidays, IndySHRM!

I recently had the honor of attending the National SHRM Volunteer Leaders Business Meeting (VLBM) on behalf of our chapter. Every year, this learning event reminds me of the many wonderful resources that our partnership with National SHRM affords our chapter; as well as, the numerous benefits available to individuals who are not only members of our local chapter, but also of National SHRM. 

In fact, a series of interactive tools are available to members online such as a

  • total compensation statement builder,

  • salary benchmarking tool,

  • performance review builder,

  • multi-state law comparison tool,

  • interview question builder,

  • employee cost calculator, and

  • COBRA notices generator.

If you're not yet a member of SHRM National, make an early resolution and join or renew now. Plus, here's an exclusive offer to join SHRM today and save $20 on your professional membership when you use STATE20 at checkout. Join online at


I wish you the very best for the holiday season!


Warm Regards,

Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP


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Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 12: IndySHRM Southwest Jingle Mingle

Sunday, December 15: IndySHRM Wrappy Hour Holiday Party 

More information is available here

Updates & Blogs

Welcome New IndySHRM Members!

Renee Abraham
Obiageri Austin- Uwandu
Dakota Davisson
Melanie Hull
Steve Johnson
Floria Karamdad

Derek Radcliffe
Angie Redmon
Shawn Severns
Beth Slusser
Adam Smyth
Sarah Thurman

"Getting Talent Back to Work" toolkit presentation to the Marion County Reentry Coalition

IndySHRM’s Director of Workforce Readiness, in collaboration with Community Solutions, presented SHRM’s “Getting Talent Back to Work” hiring initiative to the MCRC: Marion County Reentry Coalition on November 14th.
The MCRC is a coalition of organizations serve people re-entering the community after incarceration, providing opportunities for community providers and criminal justice agencies to collaborate, align resources, and share best practices aimed to enhance services for re-entrants in Indianapolis.

Read the full story here

SHRM HR Resource Spotlight

SHRM has a new benefit available for SHRM members. It’s called HR Resource Spotlight and it gathers many SHRM resources related to a specific topic and makes them available in one easy, convenient location. You can click on the topic that interests you and be directed to a page dedicated to topic-specific resources.

Find SHRM's Resource Spotlight Here

SHRM Certification – Spring Testing Window May 1 – July 15, 2020

 SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) exam applications will begin being accepted January 6 through March 20 (or applicants can pay a $75 late application fee for applications received between March 21 - April 10) for the May 1 – July 15, 2020 testing window

View the Entire SHRM Certification Application Process

Check the SHRM Certification Exam Eligibility Requirements

2020 SHRM Certification Study Group

If you are interested in learning more about IndySHRM’s Spring 2020 SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) study group... let us know! Details are still TBD (those should be finalized just after the New Year!) – we anticipate the study group kicking off in mid-February and wrapping up mid-April for the May 1 – July 15, 2020 SHRM Certification exam testing window. The 2020 SHRM Learning System will be included with the IndySHRM study group registration fee.

If you would like to be kept in the loop as details become available for the Spring 2020 SHRM  certification study group and/or have questions... please email our Director of Certification, Alona Bahler, SHRM-SCP, SPHR at

SHRM Instructor’s Top 20 Test Tips

SHRM posted a two (2) part series (link to part two is below and there is a link to part one
within it) – expert advice on preparing for and taking the SHRM certification exam; please
share this information with your study groups and those individuals you know who are
preparing for their SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam!

View the Article Here

Another SHRM Certification Resource

A new book – Ace Your SHRM Certification Exam! – A guide to success on the SHRM-CP and
SHRM-SCP exams
; Editor: Nancy A. Woolever, MAIS, SHRM-SCP - SHRM Vice President
Certification Operations

The book is available in the SHRMStore Here

The paperback is $24.93 and the Kindle version is $14.49. The book is a short, accessible
guide to demystify the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification exams with expert tips for
understanding, studying, practicing, and acing the tests. Further, it covers everything you
need to know about exam structure, best practices for studying, research-based tips to
sharpen test-taking skills, proven strategies for managing test anxiety, and features scores
of strategies from experts and tips from test-taker, detailed learning and study resources,
practice questions and answer key for both exams, guides to terminology and acronyms,
and much more! Also, this book is approved for SHRM recertification credit; after reading
the book, earn a passing quiz score and receive three (3) PDCs.

Accelerate Your HR Career - SHRM’s Competency Self-Assessment

SHRM has launched new member-only career resources can help fast-track your HR career development with easy-to-use tools that assess your HR skills and competencies and guide you toward further training and development. There are three (3) easy steps that will get you on your way to becoming the best HR professional you can be! First, Competency Self-Assessment, then Development Activity Wizard, and finally, Competency Development Plan.

NOTE: If you are a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified member, you will receive one (1) PDC per year for each calendar year you complete the Competency Self-Assessment. Use it to evaluate how best to target your professional development efforts toward the 60 PDCs required to maintain your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP credential over your three (3) year recertification period.

Learn more about this new benefit here

SHRM Foundation Veterans at Work Certificate Program

Looking for another way to earn PDCs – check out the SHRM Foundation Veterans at Work Certificate Program – it is FREE and open to all HR professionals who are interested in learning about best practices to attract, hire and retain veterans. Anyone holding the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential may also receive 10 PDCs toward their recertification.

SHRM Specialty Credentials – There Are Six (6) Currently

A SHRM Specialty Credential educates individuals on specific learning objectives. This is done by participating in a series of learning events and passing an assessment to demonstrate comprehension of program learning objectives. You cannot recertify a specialty credential; after three (3) years, you must complete the learning events and pass the assessment to earn a new credential. Please spread the word and encourage your members and network to obtain a SHRM Specialty Credential in:

  • SHRM California Law HR Specialty
  • SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty
  • SHRM People Analytics Specialty
  • SHRM U.S. Employment Immigration Specialty
  • SHRM HR Department of One Specialty
  • SHRM Inclusive Workplace Culture

Check out SHRM’s Specialty Credentials Here

Monthly SHRM Recertification Live Chats

If you are a SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holder, join SHRM to ask the SHRM Recertification Counselors any questions you have about SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP recertification - regardless of where you are in your recertification cycle. This is a great opportunity to learn how to make the most of the resources available to you and to clear up any areas of confusion. SHRM’s Recertification Counselors are here to help.

Live chats will happen the second Wednesday of most months at 2:00 pm ET (for 30 minutes).

Register for Live Chats Here

Track your recertification credits with the SHRM Certification App

Looking for something to show before your chapter meeting/event starts… check out SHRM’s YouTube videos. You can find content about the SHRM Certification App Here; the easy to use app will help SHRM-certified HR professionals keep track of their recertification efforts. The SHRM Certification app was developed exclusively for use by SHRM credential holders with specially designed features to make it easier to maintain and recertify one's SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP designation. Download the app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play!