HRCI Updates To The 2012 HR Certification Exams


We’ve all heard the buzz about the updates made to the HR Certification exams. But you may not be clear on what exactly is changing. That’s why we’re here! HRReview wants to make it as easy as possible to prepare you for your HR certification exam. So we’ve summed up everything that will be different on this year’s exams. HRCI Updates to the 2012 HR Certification Exams Body of Knowledge: The Body of Knowledge is updated every five years to reflect the changes in the field. The basic structure of six functional areas for both the PHR and SPHR Bodies of Knowledge has remained. Changes that will be incorporated include changing Functional Area 01 from Strategic Management to Business Management & Strategy and changing Functional Area 04 from Total Rewards to Compensation & Benefits. “In addition to changing the names of two of the exams’ functional areas, we have added … [Read more...]

Start 2012 Off Right With These HR Projects


5…4…3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEAR! Now that 2012 is underway, it is time to get down to business. What do you want to accomplish in 2012? Now, this post does not apply to anyone who plans on spending 2012 preparing for the end of the world. Of course, if you’re one of those people, then you are probably too busy building your underground zombie-proof shelter to read this. Anyways, I digress. As we say goodbye to 2011, we are in such a great place. We have a whole year ahead of us. We can do anything! So, what are you going to do? Finally finish that crochet scarf you started in 2008? Finally learn a different language? Finally patent your idea for a hat that doubles as a head scratcher? (Too late, Modern Family already called that one). Finally complete those HR projects you’ve been talking about since you started your job? Let’s focus on the last one. As HR professionals, you have a … [Read more...]

Get Successful PHR/SPHR/GPHR Test Taking Tips!


HRReview wants YOU to pass the PHR/SPHR/GPHR exam. And we want to give you all the tools to be able to do just that. In this article, I’ve compiled a list of the most successful test taking tips. I know how stressful studying for a big exam can be; I’ve taken these exams. Now, I’m giving you the tips that helped me and many other professionals pass the exams. Continue reading for our Successful Test Taking Tips, but click HERE if you are quickly approaching exam day and watch our video on “Three Key Strategies To Get Your Brain in The Game On Test Day.” Without further ado, here are our Successful Test Taking Tips: BUDGET your study time; make sure you have plenty of time to study so you are well prepared for the exam.  Create a “study calendar” and plan backward several weeks to begin your study schedule. Be diligent! REVIEW the outlines, and HRReview WORKBOOK exams – … [Read more...]

Viva Las Vegas! HR Review Takes the High Road


We just got back from the SHRM National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yes, Las Vegas. For those of you who took time away from the slot machines to visit our booth, we want to say THANK YOU! We had a great time! Although the motto is “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” we want to share with you some secrets we brought back from our trip. We showed the casino-goers who stopped by our booth just how important it is to have credibility in the HR world. Building your credibility is important because it will help you move higher up in the business world and make more money. Who doesn’t want that, right? Here are our three tips to help you build credibility: Be consistent. It is always better to show, not tell. Show you company that you work hard by consistently improving and succeeding. Set high standards for yourself in your business and never let them get out of … [Read more...]

Presidential Legislation Approval – Was Your Answer Correct?

Welcome back to the HR Review HR Certification Practice Exam Blog.  Thanks for all of the comments and participation. We've got more names each week in our prize drawing pool. Remember to answer the questions if you want your name to be entered. Yesterday we asked: If the President receives a bill from the House of Representatives and the Senate for his approval and does nothing with it: a.) It automatically becomes a law b.) The legislation dies c.) Depends on whether the House and Senate are in session d.) It is a "pocket veto" And the answer is: C Here is the explanation: The President either signs the bill into law, or if opposed, vetoes it. If no action is taken for ten days (remember that) while Congress is in session, it will automatically become law. If Congress has adjourned its second session and the President takes no action, it is a "pocket veto" and the … [Read more...]

HR Review Practice Exam Question – The Law Making Process

ast week we launched the new HR Review Practice Test Question portion of our blog by posing a basic question about the law making process.  A handful of visitors were brave enough to post their answers and a couple even got it right.  Congrats to those who did.  Let's see if you can get this week's question. By the way if you didn't get a chance to participate in last week's blog you can find that here (no peeking at the answer until you've thought about it in detail!) The Law Making Process This week's question follows the same sort of theme, but goes a little bit deeper. Let's see how you do. The answer might surprise you: If the President receives a bill from the House of Representatives and the Senate for his approval and does nothing with it: a.) It automatically becomes a law b.) The legislation dies c.) Depends on whether the House and Senate are in session d.) … [Read more...]

Getting Your HR Certification – Four Steps to Choosing Your Training

It's no secret that workplaces have been pretty hectic the past couple of years.  Many employers have been forced to "cut the fat" out of their organizations and only keep their most valuable employees.  Unfortunately this has meant the dreaded axe for a lot of would be HR Professionals. If you were one of the unlucky you obviously want to avoid this in the future, and you obviously want to get back into the workplace as quickly as possible.  If you have been lucky enough to stick around, well, the dust isn't clear just yet so do everything you can to improve yourself. As an aspiring HR Professional, there is one very obvious choice to increasing your credibility substantially beyond a college education. It might sound biased coming from the blog of an HR Certification training organization, but that's ok. We believe in our mission 100% and we want our readers to succeed. We … [Read more...]