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Sitting the SHRM Exam: Do you know what to expect?

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

If you are looking to sit for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam, you need to meet specific eligibility criteria first and this is made up of your achievements in both education and work experience. The exams last for about 4 hours and during this time, you would complete a range of questions. As you are entering an exam scenario, it is essential that you understand what is expected from you. Of course, preparing and practicing for the exam is imperative, but you should also make sure you have all the relevant documents and know what is expected of you. These are some dos and dont's for entering the exam room.

The Do's

  • Do make sure you have some ID with you. It should be government ID with a photo and signature, such as your passport or driving license. It must not be expired. If there is no signature or photo, you may be able to use secondary identification, such as a credit card or bank card.
  • Do your studying prior to entering the test centre. You won't be able to read up on your study materials or check your mobile phone beforehand.
  • Keep your breaks short and sweet. There are no allocated slots for breaks and you won't get extra time for your exam.

The Don'ts

  • Don't arrive at the exam with bulging pockets, you'll be asked to empty them!
  • Whatever you do, don't be late for the exam. If you're late, the chances are that you won't get to sit your exam. Arrive early.
  • Don't be too dressed up for the exam. You won't be allowed to wear jewellery, unless it's an engagement or wedding ring.

Less is more

If in doubt, less is always more when it comes to arriving for your exam. Make sure you have the identification required, but don't bother with other extras, as you'll have more hassle trying to get them stored away. Preparation is the key to success with the SHRM exam.

Do you need more information on sitting the SHRM exam? Get in touch and our advisors will be happy to help!

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The Importance of Your Online Access and Practice Questions

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

Textbooks are great, but they do not have the same level of interactivity and ease of use as online materials. At Morgan International, the majority of courses offered come with a huge bank of online resources. These can be accessed from wherever the candidate is in the world as long as they have an internet connection. The content typically includes practice questions, mock exams, and flashcards, just to name a few.

Take the CPA course for example, Morgan provide online access to the following:

  • Over 6,800 multiple choice questions
  • Over 380 task-based simulations
  • Interactive Skills Practice includes videos and 215 interactive simulations
  • Two mock exams per exam section that mirror the CPA Exam
  • Comprehensive textbooks and interactive eBooks

The most successful candidates who we work with make robust use of the online access. They access the content regularly during the course of their studies, to prep for each chapter, and then to test and reinforce the learning thereafter. We know from experience the importance of doing as many questions and exercises as possible – repetition is key.

As exam day creeps closer, that is the time to begin undertaking as many mock exams as possible and using the feedback within the resources to mark what you have done and gain an understanding of any weaknesses. We often provide flashcards which are a great revision tool – particularly when a bit short of time.

In Summary

All of the resources we produce and provide through online access have been carefully designed based on the many years’ experience we have of helping professional certification students. If we printed all of the resources out if would result in far too much paper for any student to carry around with them. However with a tablet and Wi-Fi, our students have the flexibility to study wherever they are – on the train, bus, or even in their lunch break at work. That is why online access has become so popular!

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Conquer Social Media Recruitment

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

According to Forbes social media is a critical recruiting tool because it is the best way to reach job seekers, it is part of an overarching cultural shift, and it puts well needed distance between the ‘good old boy’ network. It is I expect of no surprise to you that the big three social media platforms for recruitment are LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Each have their own specific use cases:

Facebook

As the largest social networking platform in the world, it has 2 billion active users each month. This means you can reach ever gender, ethnicity, age group, professionalism etc.

Twitter

Twitter is more restrictive than Facebook due to the character limit. However this does have the benefit of minimizing the abundance of noise and keeps users to the key messages. That said, selling a corporate brand and a role in 140 words or less is somewhat tricky! The use of photos can help with this restriction.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is unsurprisingly the world’s largest professional network and it is hugely popular for recruitment purposes. The great thing about LinkedIn is that it is not only useful for finding candidates, but also for screening them by reviewing their profile. Particularly with the premium package, recruiters can access a vast database of active and passive candidates. The ‘job’ feature is perfect for posting jobs. Furthermore, companies can set up and maintain profiles and post jobs from that page.

Do something different

The big three cover a huge amount of ground from a candidate's perspective which is great, but don’t forget there are some great prospective employees out there who don’t conform to the standard pattern. It is therefore worthwhile considering other platforms such as YouTube, Google+, and Instagram. Of course the decision of which social media platform/s to use is dependent on the company itself, and who they are trying to attract. This is why it is useful to have an experienced and qualified HR professional within the organisation who can design and implement the recruitment strategy.

What to learn more about social media and how you can integrate it within your day to day job? Why not check our Morgan's short digital marketing certifications?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fastest Growing Jobs (And How to Get Them)

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

Even if you’re not the resolution sort, the beginning of a new year is always a good time to take stock of your life and career goals, and to see if you’re on track for where you want to be. If where you want to be is on the sofa with a packet of biscuits watching Netflix, then you’re probably good, but if you’re tempted by a career change, or even developing the one you have, then read on.

Which are the fastest growing jobs?

If it’s a growth industry, then it’s a safe bet that professions within it are ones to watch. For example, we’re all living longer (but not necessarily in better health), so care assistant and healthcare related jobs are always going to be in demand. Home health and personal care jobs have seen a 40% rise in 2017 alone.

Clean energy installers and developers are also hugely in demand as we become more aware that the earth’s resources won’t last forever. We’re less in love with our gas guzzling cars than we used to be too, as bicycle repairers demonstrated a 29% increase in demand for their services.

What about the desk jobs? Are office-based careers stagnant now?

In a word, no. Security and operations analyst career paths showed over a 25% increase, and it would be a pretty safe bet to continue to put all your eggs into the technology side of the basket. In short, if your job can’t be done by a robot or otherwise automated, you’re relatively safe, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t increase your chances of employment by improving your professional skills.

Is there anything I should avoid?

As implied above, manufacturing and similar positions are in decline. Some more surprising jobs that have traditionally required the human touch – such as receptionists, secretaries, and answering services – are also currently in decline.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. As a species, we’re pretty resourceful – we’d still be finger-painting on cave walls if we weren’t – and new industries spring up (and even survive!) every year.

And for the accountants among you, don’t despair – those with a head for figures will always be able to transfer from one industry to another.

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The Benefits of an HR Certification

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

If you work in the HR sector (or hope to) and want to progress your career, gaining a certification is a highly effective way to do it. HR is one profession which is constantly changing and if you are advising staff and/or involved in important strategic organisational decisions, it is imperative that you keep up to date. Otherwise, you could potentially be giving out the wrong advice and negatively impacting the success of the organisation. These are some of the benefits of gaining a professional HR certification.

Improves Employability

If you have taken the time and effort to gain the HR certification, you will instantly improve your career opportunities. Not only will you show employers that you are keen to learn and develop in your career, you will also show that you have the knowledge required to be a great asset to the business. If you have never been in an HR role, it can be difficult to gain employment, but with an HR certificate, it instantly enhances your prospects.

Increases HR Knowledge

The knowledge you gain from work experience may not keep you updated with HR trends and the law, whereas gaining an HR certification will help to do this. If you want to enhance your HR knowledge, undertaking an HR course is the way to do it.

Self Confidence Boost

The more informed you are and the greater your HR knowledge, the more confident you will feel in the workplace and/or progression or seeking new opportunities. Gaining an professional certification in HR is a great way to boost your self confidence.

More Informed Decisions

In order to perform well in your job, it is important that you have the right knowledge to be able to advise staff and to make important decisions in the workplace. The HR certification can give you the knowledge to ensure you make better, more informed decisions.

If you'd like to find out more about the benefits of an HR certification, visit this page.

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Be ‘Prepared’ to Succeed in Class

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

Studying for a professional certification program is unsurprisingly going to be rather different than a full time academic program. Most students will have a full time job and be trying to fit study around that and all of their other obligations. We are specifically interested in how to effectively prep so that you make the most of the limited time you have in live classes. Making best use of this time will also lay the right foundation for your own study plan. The good news is that the tips we are about to provide are relevant to whichever program you might be pursuing, including the CMA, CPA, and CFA.

Read the material

You will almost always have some pre-reading and perhaps even an exercise to do. It may be tempting not to do the work and ‘wing it’ in the session. However try and find time somehow – perhaps in your work lunch breaks. By not preparing it is not just you that will suffer, but you are likely to hinder the rest of the class too.

Focus

Concentrate on the topic at hand. It might be tempting to dive into other chapters – but ensure before you do that you have prepped thoroughly for what is due to be covered in your session.

Jot down questions

As you are covering the material before the session you are likely to have thoughts, questions, and/or queries. Make a note of all of them to take with you. The likelihood is that most of them will be covered off by the tutor, but have a quick check through your list towards the end of the session just to make sure. If not, raise your hand and ask.

In summary

Sometimes it can be challenging to find the time you need to do your prep when you have a really busy schedule. However, if you don’t do it, you will find yourself paying for it in additional time needed to catch up later down the line.

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Top 4 HR Trends of 2018

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

HR has been impacted by significant change in the past few years and that is expected to continue into 2018. These are our top 4 predictions:

  • A focus on employee experience

As the importance of millennials within the workspace and the transparency provided by the age of digitalisation both increase, employees are seeking a work experience that goes beyond ‘employee engagement’. The employee experience is more holistic and looks to support the employee as a whole. This includes for example the use of wellness and fitness apps and employee self-service technologies.

  • HR digitalisation

HR has lagged behind other departments with respect to IT transformation. One of the primary reasons for this is that HR as a function has traditionally been risk averse due to legal ramifications of a significant amount of the work they do being overseen by employment legislation. In 2018 expect to see artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions transforming the space.

  • The Gig economy

We have spent the past few years talking about interim roles transforming the permanent workforce. We are now entering the era of the gig economy where freelance labour is coming to the fore. This has been popularised by sites such as Freelancer, Fiverr, and People Per Hour. There is a very interesting move towards decoupling location from productivity.

  • Real time learning

This is not new but has gained a lot of momentum over the past few years and has been a welcome addition since the learning space has been traditionally slow to utilise opportunities offered by technology. Expect to see much more micro learning, gamification, and learning on the move via smart devices. Artificial intelligence will be powering this space, with the delivery of tailored content.

In Summary

It is an exciting time to work within the HR function, as IT plays a transformative role and leadership teams recognise the importance of providing employees with a complete work experience. If you think a career in HR might be for you, please take a look at the course syllabus for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP qualifications.

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Forget the New Fitness Plan – Here Are the Resolutions You Really Need to Make in 2018

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

Resolutions are made to be broken. If you make it past the end of January, then you’re probably a robot, and if you actually are a robot, hopefully your New Year’s Resolutions didn’t include “team up with Skynet and take over the world”.

Small changes – certainly in terms of your working habits – are the best kind of resolutions to make, as just a small shift in attitudes and routines can make a huge difference to your professional life. Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

  • Make professional social media work for you – if you have anything to do with your company’s social media, or have ideas for ventures of your own where growing a following would help, it’s worth learning how to do it properly. The internet isn’t just for cat videos and photographs of food, you know.
  • Make the numbers add up – whether you’re considering a career change, or whether you need to develop your professional skills, an accountancy qualification will boost both your CV and your confidence. It’s time to put a head for figures to something more rewarding than adding up the receipt at the supermarket, or impressing your darts team with speedy mental arithmetic.
  • Make time for a break – if you’re planning to improve or increase your skillset over this coming year, make sure you don’t burnout through overwork. You might want to make this the year where you seriously factor in some leisure time as well as adding letters after your name. You could take out that gym membership (although perhaps leave it until February, when the majority of the “I’m going to get fit!” joiners have fallen by the wayside!). A creative pastime will not only relax you but recharge your brain too; why not pick up those childhood piano lessons again?

Once you’re inspired to make this the year you’re going to add to your qualifications, you’ll need to find the right people to help you study. Why not contact us and see what we can offer you to help you make those changes in 2018?

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Do you know your SHRM-CP from your SHRM-SCP?

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

There are many reasons you may want to obtain a SHRM certification. If you want to learn and develop within the HR field, this accreditation shows that you have the knowledge and skills to benefit both your career growth and those of the organisation as a whole. These competency based certifications are the only within the HR field and many HR professional find them extremely valuable for career growth. There are two different types of certification; the SHRM-CP (SHRM Certified Professional) and SHRM-SCP (SHRM Senior Certified Professional.) So, which is best suited to you and how do you know if you qualify? There are quite clear differences between the two, both in terms of eligibility and suitability.

SHRM Certified Professional

The SHRM-CP is most beneficial for HR professionals who either are or plan to be involved in the implementation of policies and who will be acting as support for staff. If you are currently working as an HR Consultant or HR Advisor, it would be worthwhile undertaking the SHRM certification. It would also be suitable for those working in other HR roles, such as HR Administrator or HR Assistant and are looking to progress to HR Advisor/Consultant level. There are some criteria you need to meet though, before you are able to sit the SHRM-CP exam. If you don't have a Bachelor's Degree, but the qualification you have is HR related, you must have 3 years experience in an HR role. If the qualification is not HR related, you will need 4 years experience in an HR role. If you have a Bachelor's Degree, and it is HR related, you will only require one years' experience within an HR role. If it is not HR related, you will need to have two years experience in an HR role. With an HR related graduate degree, you should be in an HR role or non related graduate degree, you should be in the role for one year.

SHRM Senior Certified Professional

The SHRM-SCP is for HR professionals who lead the HR function or hope to do this in the future. An example would be an HR Business Partner who is responsible for developing HR strategies and analysing performance. There is also specific eligibility criteria for the SHRM-SCP Degree. With less than a Bachelor's Degree, you must have 6 years' experience in an HR role, if you're undertaking an HR related program or 7 years if its an unrelated program. If you have an HR related  Bachelor's Degree, you need to have 4 years experience in an HR role or 5 years if it is an unrelated Bachelor's Degree.

If you want to find out more about sitting the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, get in touch with us and we will be happy to advise you.

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Office politics. How it Contaminates the Nomination of High-Potential Employees

 

By Morgan International Staff Writers

Human Research practitioners and academic researchers are so obsessed with who will be the next rising star or the next influential leader that they are overlooking the efforts of high-potential employees. Scientific theories and robotic tools are now being used to determine the future effectiveness of organisations, while in reality, honest organisational practices are falling apart due to office politics.

Office politics cannot be avoided because it’s a fact of life, says executive coach Bonnie Marcus. In fact, it is one of the most powerful activities that takes place in organisations, and can contaminates the nomination of high-potential employees.

There are several political factors that contribute to the rise of office politics. Because of these factors, organisations fail to identify the right employees for promotion or even develop their skills for leadership roles.

Let’s examine four of these factors:

  • Are You among The Favourites?

The politics of favouritism is a widespread practice in most organisations and can have a significant impact on the nomination of high-potential employees. If you are not among the favourites, it is most likely that, despite your talents and efforts you will be overlooked for upcoming promotions.

 

  • Old vs Young

Many organisations prefer to promote or reward older employees because of their years of experience. But, the politics of ageism can also result in older employees being ignored, while younger high-profile employees are pushed to the forefront simply because they maybe more internet savvy. Furthermore, the internet of things is now creating young managers and leaders with less working experience.

 

  • Male vs Female

It has been a constant trend for high-potential female employees to be bypassed for leadership roles. This is because in the eyes of male, women are not good leaders but rather great shoppers! Moreover, they believe that women cannot lead strategically. So, what is happening? Experience females are quitting their executive positions to start their own businesses, simply because their contributions are being underrated by the politics of gender.

 

  • What’s in It for Me?

It is human tendency to be interested in their own affairs rather than the affairs of others. So, with the politics of self-interest, those in authority of identifying high-profile employees that are worthy of a promotion, usually think about the “what’s in it for me?’ question before making their decisions. Furthermore, some managers or leaders who think about their own self-interest, do not want to know that someone else is in the spotlight and they are left behind.

Key Points

Whether positive or negative office politics exists and will not fade away. Furthermore, genuine organisational policies are now being pushed aside while decisions are being made based on office politics.

Finally, this article emphasized that the politics of favouritism, ageism, gender, and self-interest contaminate the nomination of high-profile employees who are fit for leadership roles.

If you found this article interesting or beneficial, please let us know. Also, if you are having problem with office politics or gossip please contact us, or you can enroll in one our program which will help you to develop an effective strategy to cope.