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January 2020 Newsletter

Wednesday, January 1, 2020  
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January 2020

President's Pen

By Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Happy New Year!


I hope the holidays gave you time to relax and reconnect with loved ones, as well as get refreshed and ready to face the new year!


Our Board of Directors held our annual strategic planning session in Q4 2019 and are heading "back to the basics" with the forthcoming implementation of a series of micro-behaviors designed to better support the needs of our members.


These behaviors support our three strategic plan pillars:

  • Bench Strength
  • Programming Excellence
  • Community Outreach & Social Events

Each pillar has a number of tactics planned to move us toward our chapter’s vision. I challenge you to consider deeper involvement with IndySHRM in 2020, and a great way to do that is to:


What will YOU do to advance our profession and your career in 2020?

Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP  

Our Sponsor Partners


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 8: IndySHRM North: Recruiting Reset: Talent Acquisition in a Tough Market

Thursday, January 16: IndySHRM Central: Data Privacy/Data Breach: Could Your HRIS Have a “Facebook Problem?”

Tuesday, January 28: IndySHRM Southwest: Is the Cake Already Baked? Ethics and Critical Thinking for HR Professionals in 2020

Sunday, February 23: IndySHRM's Fifth Annual Student Conference

More information is available here

Updates & Blogs

Welcome New IndySHRM Members!

Serenity Baldauf
Charles D. Bates
Sarah E. Campbell
Karyn Collins
Bob Fasick
Jennifer Green
Juan C. Herrera
Natalie Heustis

Grace Lewis
Tina Mahaney
Breanna Reyes
Kristy M. Smith
Janet Springer
Elizabeth R. Umbreit
Ericka Young

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

Registration is Open for IndySHRM SHRM Certification Study Group

If you are planning to sit for SHRM’s Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) exam this year, don’t go it alone. Our IndySHRM SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP study group is an excellent way to add structure, accountability and a supportive peer network to your SHRM Certification exam preparation – in addition, IndySHRM offers one of the most affordable programs around! Our IndySHRM study group sessions are facilitated by SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified professionals who are not only passionate about helping others achieve their certification goals, but who are also subject matter experts in that particular HR discipline.

More Info 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

SHRM Certification Student Eligibility

FYI, students enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s HR degree program at an educational institution aligned to SHRM’s curriculum guidelines are eligible to apply for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam.

More Information is Available Here

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.

2020 SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) Scholarships

The SHRM Foundation will award 220 Certification Scholarships. The next deadline is April 15, 2020 and each scholarship is $750 for SHRM Certification exam and/or preparation (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP)!

Get the info here!

Now Accepting Applications – 5th annual Barnes & Thornburg/Ken Yerkes Scholarships for HR Professionals

The HR Indiana Annual Conference announces the 5th annual Barnes & Thornburg/Ken Yerkes Scholarships. These are needs-based scholarships that will be awarded by HR Indiana and Barnes & Thornburg. There are two scholarships that will be awarded:

Find out more about the scholarships by following this link, and then apply here for one of the Scholarships (Certification or Conference Scholarship). The application deadline for the Barnes & Thornburg/Ken Yerkes Certification Scholarship is June 30, 2020 (awarded at the Indiana Annual Conference in August).

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

Now In Effect: Policy Changes To SHRM Recertification

SHRM formally announced via email several enhancements to the SHRM Recertification process for those with an existing SHRM Certification. A brief recap:

  • Earn PDCs During the Grace Period, effective August 1, 2019. SHRM Certification holders who are working toward recertification can earn PDCs for activities they participate in through their grace period (the 60-day period between their certification end date and expiration date).
  • Immediately begin earning PDCs for the new recertification cycle when you recertify early, effective August 1, 2019. The new recertification cycle for SHRM Certification holders who recertify early will begin the next day after they recertify. Their end date will continue to be on the last day of their birth month.
  • Carry over a maximum of 20 credits to the next recertification cycle, effective August 1, 2019. SHRM Certification holders who recertify with more than 60 PDCs in their account will be able to carry over up to 20 credits to their new cycle.

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!