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PHR / SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide Paperback – May 8 2012
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Updated to Meet the Requirements of the 2012 Exams
If you want to validate your skills as a Human Resources professional, you need to earn your PHR or SPHR certification. This new edition of the PHR/SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide helps you prepare for the 2012 exams, covering the key functional areas with which you'll need to be familiar. It offers invaluable insights on the new PHR/SPHR Body of Knowledge as it breaks down the critical HR topics. Inside, you'll find:
Full coverage of all exam objectives in a systematic approach, so you can be confident you're getting the instruction you need for the exam
Real-world scenarios that put what you've learned in the context of actual job roles
Challenging review questions in each chapter to prepare you for exam day
Exam Essentials, a key feature in each chapter that identifies critical areas you must become proficient in before taking the exam
A handy tear card that maps the PHR/SPHR Body of Knowledge to the corresponding chapter in the book, so you can track your exam prep objective by objective
Sybex Exam Prep Tools
Go to www.sybex.com/go/phr4e and download a full set of electronic test prep tools to help you thoroughly prepare for the exam. These include:
Custom Test Engine
Over 200 Sample Questions
Two Practice Exams
Additional Appendices in PDF Format
Download practice exams and chapter review questions
Reinforce your understanding with electronic flashcards
Includes Real-World Scenarios, In-Depth Discussion of Body of Knowledge, and Access to Exam Prep Software Featuring:
Custom Test Engine
Over 200 Sample Questions
About the Author
Sandra M. Reed, PHR, SPHR, is the owner of Epoch Resources, a consulting firm specializing in the unique HR needs of small businesses. Sandra has authored learning modules and case studies for the Society for Human Resource Management. Anne M. Bogardus worked with growing biotech, high-technology, and public relations organizations at the manager and director levels. She is the author of Human Resources JumpStart and the previous editions of PHR/SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide. Technical Editor Brenda G. Budke, SPHR, directs an HR consulting firm in Fresno, California. She is founder and Dean of a corporate university, and is past president of the Human Resource Association of Central California (HRACC).
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The only negative that I have with the book is that it doesn't prepare you for the "type" of questions on the exam which are scenario based and highly subjective. To prepare for these typ of questions, I would recommend getting a study guide that has "test prep" questions with an explanation of the answers. I got one for $9.99 on Amazon, and it did an amazing job with preparing me with how to answer these type of questions.
The book is a bit wordy but I really liked the real life scenarios it had through out the chapters and if you are already working in HR (as you should) you can make your own real life connections to the text. What I did not like was the fact that the book repeated information through out the book. It would start talking about a topic and go more in depth in the following chapters.
My study method was to take notes from each chapter (read approx 10 pages a day M-F) then the last month prior to my exam I studied my notes chapter at a time M-W. Nine days before the exam I studied a chapter a day and ended each day with taking the chapter exam. I took the exam once checked my answers, then studied the answer key and retook the exam about 30-60 mins later. The next day I would take the exam again and study the next chapter, take that chapter's exam, study the answer key and retake the exam 30-60 mins later. The cycle repeated until I was done with chapters 2-8. On the day before the exam I retook every chapter exam; studied my notes from the first section of the book (essentially I had transcribed the answer key from the pre-test) and took the exam then I checked the answers and then retook the exam 30-60 mins later. I did not do too well on any of my first attempts and thought for sure I was going to fail my exam.
I am proud to say that I sat for my exam today and I passed. In order to pass you need an understanding of HR. Simply studying terms and court cases will not do it. This book will give you that and if you can embrace the knowledge and not simply learn for the sake of learning and passing the test this book should be all you need. I was unable to utilize any of the online tools this book offers because my computer is bobo and I was able to pass using only this book and the practice test it contains.
I hope this information helps. Good Luck.
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