I decided to take the HRIP because My employer, ADP, offered an incentive for taking the exam and I knew that this information was going to be VERY helpful for my job. The HRIP provides a great background for better understanding HR related processes. It also taught me industry terminology which is helpful when working with other HR folks and adds credibility when working with clients.
There has always been a lot of HR and IT organizations. IHRIM attracted me because it is for HR information management and technology professionals. I’m fortunate to belong to a company who supports the growth and development of its employees. When HRIP certification was launched, our team studied together and obtained our certifications at the same time. Maintaining this certification requires me to always be involved with HRMS projects, to be connected with other professionals through conferences and training, and to stay current with HR technology trends.
Having been Chairman of the IHRIM Board of Directors, still involved as a volunteer, and with many years as a member I have seen a dramatic transition in IHRIM. In an age of associations struggling to find, keep, and service members, IHRIM has chosen to become the leader, by being the “knowledge bridge” for both members AND vendors. IHRIM recognizes the importance that both audiences represent to one another, and IHRIM continues to seek ways in which to bring them into dialogue through events, webinars, and other venues.
I’ve attended quite a few conferences during my primarily HR and HRIS/HRIT focused career. As a professional always looking to further develop by having a continuous learning mindset and sharing with others through both internal and external networking, I found this year’s IHRIM Conference to provide the right balance of people, technology and socializing. In fact, as far as meeting my professional development goals, this year’s annual conference well-exceeded my expectations.
The IHRIM conference is one of the professional highlights of my year. The education sessions, general sessions and networking provide excellent opportunities to learn and grow. This year was no exception; with focus on innovation and application, the 2015 IHRIM conference created an environment that was inspirational, aspirational, and applicable. Networking: Not to be undersold, the emphasis on building intentional professional relationships lead to amazing conversations that both drew on common experiences and offered potential solutions to individual business problems.
As an HR systems professional, IHRIM has been an invaluable resource to me over the years. Through its members and resources, I have found information that has helped me make critical decisions at work, developed a network of peers, and even obtained an employment opportunity. For anyone who is interested in understanding the current trends in HR technology and developing a professional network, membership in IHRIM is a must.