VOLUNTEERING WITH SHRM:
HOW TO GET SUPPORT
FROM YOUR BOSS
Shelli Nelson knows a thing or two about volunteering for SHRM.
Nelson is president of SHRM’s 900-member Chicago chapter, which will be
spearheading volunteer eforts to support the SHRM 2018 Annual Conference &
Exposition in the Windy City June 17-20.
Nelson, who is senior manager of talent acquisition at
computer software company Relativity, has served on
the chapter’s board since 2011, including two years as
We asked her and Dorie Blesof, chief people ofcer
at Relativity, to share some tips for gaining your boss’
They ofered the following advice:
Be responsible. Make sure your priorities are clear
at work, and let your team deliver in the most efective way, Blesof said. When
you’re away from the ofce, check in to see how your projects are progressing.
Gain buy-in. Be upfront about your commitment to the SHRM chapter, Nelson
said. Invite your supervisor to a chapter event so he or she can see the value
Communicate the benefits. Help your manager understand how your involvement helps you and your organization grow. Share what you learn from your
chapter’s professional development activities and explain how your volunteer
eforts help to refne certain competencies, such as your presentation skills,
cultural efectiveness, or business and leadership acumen, Nelson said. Building your network also extends your employer’s brand and gives you access to a
wealth of job candidate referrals and career resources.
Talent acquisition professionals
seeking to highlight their expertise will soon be able to obtain
a Talent Acquisition Specialty
Credential from SHRM.
The new credential addresses
the specialized, rapidly changing
universe of the talent acquisition
professional. “Even more importantly, it develops participant
skills to ensure that successful
talent acquisition eforts lead to
high-perform-ing workforce,” said
To earn the credential, you
1. Enroll in SHRM’s “Talent
Acquisition: Creating Your Organization’s Strategy” seminar.
2. Complete six SHRM eLearning Library courses on talent ac-quisition-specifc topics: recruiting, onboarding, analytics, global
hiring, trends, and technology
and social media.
3. Pass an online 50-question
You don’t have to be
SHRM-certifed to earn the specialty credential. However, you’ll
receive 25 professional development credits toward your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertifcation
after completing the program.
To learn more, visit shrm.org/
HOW TO HIRE VETERANS
SHRM members can now sign up for free online courses
to learn how to hire, onboard and retain veterans.
The following courses, which are ofered as part of a
partnership between the SHRM Foundation and the
nonprofit PsychArmor Institute, qualify for SHRM-CP
or SHRM-SCP recertification credits:
Creating a Military-Friendly Culture and On-
How to Create a Military Spouse Hiring Program.
Strategies for Efective Veteran Hiring.
For more information,