Last week at the 2013 HRPA Annual Conference and Trade Show I had the opportunity to speak with dozens of members. A common topic of conversation was the new member ID and loyalty card. I’ve commented on that in detail in the HRPA LinkedIn community and in the FAQ that appears in the Member Centre of the HRPA website and I hope you take the time read about it and activate your card when you receive it. But there was another common theme: most members really don’t know about the many benefits of membership. So here’s a link to a summary of benefits:
I’ve divided them into various categories:
- Enhanced Professional Credibility
- Advancing Your Career
- Advancing Your Skills and Capabilities
- Allowing You to Make a Contribution to the Profession
- Information Services
- Member Savings
While most members will benefit from most benefits I’ve indicated with checkmarks which categories of members are likely to benefit most.
You will also note that we will be introducing a few new benefits for 2013. In addition to the new member loyalty card, we are adding a Career Centre for students and young professionals. Members will find links to:
- Advice on how to make best use of the Hire Authority HR Job Board
- Tools and Advice on Job Search/Personal Branding using social media
- Workopolis “Advice from the Experts” for Job Seekers
- Career Path Planner
- Career GPS for HR Professionals Online Assessment Tool
- Tips on Interviewing and Résumé Writing from Career Joy (Students will have to ask their chapter to refer them to Membership to reserve an appointment for the Career Joy services).
To better protect the public, we are adding a number of programs for small business operators and will be offering these non-HR leaders subscriptions to HRPA services to help them better understand the role HR plays in organizational success.
And, finally, we will be relaunching HR Hotline, a phone service that was popular in the ’90’s that provides answers to general HR questions. Members and subscribers will call the Resource Centre. After the caller acknowledges they should not rely on Hotline advice but should seek legal counsel or consulting services when necessary, our Information Specialists will connect callers to CHRPs who have volunteered to provide the service. HR Hotline goes live on March 4th, 2013.
I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope you take the time to learn more about the benefits of membership.
Vice president, Marketing and Membership
(416) 923-2324 x335