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The Society for Human Resource Management President Speaks Out

By Guest Blogger
Laurie Rhind
Argosy University - Online Programs Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) President

Membership truly does have advantages!

When you join national SHRM, you don’t just get the national membership benefits (which are impressive!), you also become eligible to join our virtual student SHRM chapter. The cost is a mere $35.00/year compared to the full price of membership at $180.00/year. You may wonder what this membership is all about and why it is important to belong to the National Group. SHRM at the national level is a well-respected organization in the Human Resource field; some have called it THE premier association in HR. If you plan on being a Human Resource Manager, or work in any professional field that involves a lot of people skills, it is in your best interest to join. The rewards of this organization are virtually limitless. It is the one stop to access all information pertaining to all aspects of the Human Resource position you may hold. SHRM is known to be the lifeline of many HRM at all levels; I am one who believes this. I have accessed their site many times for professional and now educational use. What we can’t stress enough is how they disseminate information for us to stay up to date on legal issues and federal laws. They are there as a resource to assist you in the time of need. So, please understand if you want to join our group, a National SHRM membership is required. We don’t want to be rude by not allowing you to join; however, strict guidelines have been set for us to abide by at this time. There is no way for us to cut a corner.

Please check out SHRM.org, sign up for a membership and come join our group. We are young, yet growing. Please come visit us or send an email, we would like to hear from you with any questions, concerns, or comments you may have.

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Dealing with Constructive Criticism

In the online learning environment, you may be exposed to more constructive criticism than you have at any point in your career. Your classmates are required to comment on your assignments and thoughts, just as you are on theirs. At first blush, this situation may be difficult to stomach. You may feel like you, personally, are under attack, and it’s tempting to become defensive. You worked hard to put the assignment or thoughts together. Can’t your fellow students understand that? Perhaps it’s not that your classmates are too critical, but that you need to change your frame of mind.

As the recipient of constructive criticism, it’s important to remember that your colleagues aren’t attacking you, and you need to separate yourself from the work. The goal of having your colleagues comment on your work is not to tear you apart, but rather to provide you with feedback that will help you become a better student. Constructive criticism, when given effectively, can improve your work and ensure that you’re seeing the whole picture of the assignment.

In a traditional classroom, it’s easy to become complacent. Many classes don’t require participation, and what usually happens is that the same two to three people offer their thoughts in each class. Online learning requires that you remain engaged in the subject, and collaboration from your colleagues reinforces the instructor’s lecture.

It’s tempting to look at your colleagues’ feedback as a curse, but if you understand why you’re receiving it, you’ll find that it’s actually more of a blessing.

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Tips to Improve Your Writing Skills

If the thought of an impending writing assignment has your stomach churning with anxiety, take a deep breath and peruse our tips to help make the task a lot less painful.

  • Practice makes...well, maybe not perfect, but it definitely makes a difference. Few become competent writers without spending time putting pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard. You might even consider doing some writing outside of the classroom. Writing in a journal can help you clear your head and reflect on the events of the day.
  • Write something! In academia, few sights are more intimidating than a blinking cursor on a clean Word document. It's tempting to mull over your words and wait until they’re perfect in your head before you commit them to the page, but resist the urge. If you have nothing in the document, you have nothing to tweak. Don't worry about each word being perfect right now. You can always organize your thoughts in a cohesive way later.
  • Have fun with your assignments. If you're already dreading a writing assignment, picking a topic that doesn't interest you will only exacerbate the problem. While you don't always have complete control over choosing your topic, you can often find ways to incorporate anecdotes from your own experiences into the piece.
  • Don't forget to read! In order to feel more comfortable in your relationship with the written word, it helps to read as much as you can. This includes not only your assigned class readings, but novels, magazines, newspapers, blogs, or anything else that interests you. Exposure to a wide variety of writing styles can give you ideas that you might incorporate into your own writing, and it can also help you improve your vocabulary.
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