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How to Advance Your HR Career Through Continuing Education

A major part of being successful in any career is your education. But an education doesn’t end with a university degree or certificate. Seeking out continued education in HR throughout your career is essential if you are an HR professional. This continued education not only helps you stand out against other HR professionals, but it helps you reach your potential as the best employee you can be. 

We’ll go over the benefits of continued education for HR, how to get your HR recertification and other HR career tips below. 

Benefits of Continued Education for HR

The benefits of continued education for HR professionals cannot be overstated. It helps new professionals get a leg up against other applicants and helps veterans stand out against their peers when promotions come up or if they are in need of a change in direction in their career. If you’re not looking for a change of pace in your career, continued education in HR is still valuable as it adds to your arsenal of skills and helps you become an even better asset to your company. 

Common disadvantages of continued education for HR can be cost, time away from work, and additional stress. Luckily, with HREN’s programs and HR recertification processes, these disadvantages are dissolved with on-demand courses that you can do from the comfort of your own home at your own pace.

New HR Certifications

Getting additional certifications is a great way to become more marketable if you’re applying for a new job or hoping for a promotion within your current company. Additional certifications and education add to your current skill set and help you become a better and happier employee. 

HR Recertifications

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Keeping up with your HR recertifications is critical to your success as an HR professional. It helps you stay updated with any changing policies, procedures, or laws throughout your industry. Current certifications are often required for many jobs, so it’s important to ensure you are on track to keep yours current. 

Other HR Career Tips

In addition to keeping up with current certifications and continuing your education, here are some other HR career tips to keep in mind:

  1. Network: build relationships with other HR professionals to learn from them and open the door to potential opportunities.
  2. Explore fields within HR: There are many different specializations within the HR industry. Before diving into one full force, try gaining experience with other specializations. You may find that your interests have changed years into your career as well. 
  3. Get out of your comfort zone: No progress happens in the comfort zone, so make sure you are pushing yourself to new heights and trying new things. 
  4. Welcome change: HR is an industry with a lot of change. Get used to embracing this constant change and how to make the best of it. 

Continued Education for HR Through HREN

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Though continued education in HR is important, and even essential, for a successful career, it can be hard to carve out the time needed for programs, studying, and certifications while still being a productive and well-rested employee. 

HR Education Network (HREN) offers on-demand video instruction, interactive Q&A Zoom sessions, and additional materials to help you prepare for your test. HR Professionals who study through HREN pass their HR certification at a 95 percent success rate, compared to 60 percent of other students. If you’re worried about whether this study format is for you, we want to take the anxiety and stress out of test prep as much as possible: if you complete all the required parts of our courses and don’t pass, we will pay for you to retake the test. 

Find a complete list of HR certifications and HR recertifications and either start or continue on your path as a successful HR professional. 

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