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March 2017

In This Issue:


President's Pen

By Leigh Crick, SHRM-CP

March into Development

While scrolling through my Twitter feed this week, I came upon a tweet from Simon Sinek that got me thinking. Sinek said, “If you say your job is something you ‘don’t plan on doing forever,’ then why are you doing it now?” As HR Professionals we are focused on the development of our teams, staff, and organization but who is focusing on YOUR development? Today’s market is highly competitive and it extremely important to have a plan in place whether you plan to stay in HR for the rest of your career or use your HR experiences to launch you into your next journey. Here are some tips I have used for my development:

  • Own It! Development is yours, so own it! Development isn’t something that your organization owes you; you aren’t entitled to it so stop thinking that way. Maybe you work for an organization that values development as part of their culture and provides their employees with development opportunities, if so... that is AWESOME! If not, don’t let this hold you back in your development. As HR professionals we probably preach this to our employee’s every day, organizations can provide resources for our development, but employees need to own their development.
  • Plan It Out I am a planner so when I think about development; I need a plan! Think of your development as your strategic plan and do quick SWOT Analysis. Planning is a great way to organize your thoughts and get a game plan together for your next steps. If it still seems overwhelming or you don’t know where to start, check out SHRM’s toolkits and download the HR Career Path Worksheet
  • Use Your Network!!! In reality, this should probably be bullet #1. I know it has been said over and over and it may be cliché, but use the power of your network. The HR Community in Indianapolis is FANTASTIC! We have some the best, and we are all eager to help! So reach out and start connecting face to face and through social media.
  • Don’t be afraid to march off the path You aren’t going to be able to plan out everything so don’t get frustrated if your plan changes or evolves along the way. Your career path is just that, a path and some of the most rewarding ones are those that have twist and turns. Be open to new opportunities and have conversations- this only builds your network!!

I hope everyone has a great month and I look forward to seeing you at IndySHRM events!


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Important Dates

Wednesday, March 8, IndySHRM North Breakfast Meeting at Indiana Wesleyan: Team Dynamics -- Gourmet Meals Aren’t Made in a Blender, More Information

Thursday, March 16, IndySHRM Central Breakfast Meeting at Drury Inn, Carmel -- IndySHRM Central: Leadership Development and Succession Planning, More Information

Tuesday, March 28, IndySHRM South Meeting, More Information Soon

Welcome New Members

Jordan Donovan
Jane Bailey
Marissa Barker
Patricia Fields

Primary Designation Form

If you are a SHRM member, you may not be affiliated with your local chapter, IndySHRM. There is no charge to designate the chapter. SHRM provides financial incentives to local chapters for their members who have designated them as their primary chapter. If you’d like to add, change or update your designation, please click here.

New Member Orientation

The next orientation will occur March 16th at 9:30 am.
Please visit the Events Calendar for details.

For additional membership information, contact membership@indyshrm.org

Member Spotlight – Israel Tyler

My name is Israel Tyler. I am 24 years old and I am a senior at Ashford University studying Human Resources Management. I decided to pursue a career in HR because before I retired from the United States Army in 2014, I served honorably as a Human Resources Specialist in the armed forces. I truly loved my job so much that I decided once I retired from the Army that I would finish my bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and start my career as a civilian in this field. I am currently working in HR in benefits. I am interested in working in talent acquisition eventually. Once I graduate in May, I plan to earn my SHRM-CP certification. I am a bit intimidated just because I have heard that the exam is very difficult but I am determined to get it. I love being a part of Indy SHRM because I learn so much about different HR professionals in my area and what events are being hosted. I also receive great advice about how to go about preparing for the SHRM-CP certification; I believe Indy SHRM will assist in elevating my career path! Read More...

IndySHRM’s 2nd Annual Student Conference on Sunday, February 12, was a great success! Over eighty students and professionals gathered to network, enjoy delicious food, and engage with speakers Katie Smith from Careerable and Nicole MacLean from Emplify. Both speakers provided advice on finding HR opportunities, creating your personal brand, and setting yourself up for professional success. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make the event impactful for our future HR leaders! Read More...

SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition Scholarship Opportunity!

The SHRM Foundation will be awarding eight scholarships to attend the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans, LA, June 18-21, 2017.
• Five scholarships-one to a professional member in each of SHRM's five domestic regions
• One scholarship to a professional who has done significant paid and/or volunteer work on hiring, retaining and engaging military veterans or mature workers age 50+ (primary areas of focus for the SHRM Foundation in 2017)
• One scholarship to a SHRM student member
• One Northwest Human Resource Management Association scholarship to a student member from Washington, Oregon or Alaska. Read More...

Kathy Marra, HR professor at Marian University, is looking for volunteers to help her students!

1) 2-3 professionals who specialize in talent acquisition / recruiting to be a panelist to speak to my new senior career search and professional development class. These students are graduating in May 2017;
2) Mock interviewers for face-to-face interviews for sophomores targeted for an internship interview from March 27-April 19, 2017;
3) Professionals willing to present to the student SHRM group at a meeting on total rewards, legal issues, employee engagement, or any other HR topic they prefer.
Please email Kathy at kmarra@marian.edu to volunteer.

The Workforce Readiness Committee is looking for volunteers to help out at Downtown Indianapolis Dress for Success Lunch and Learn Events. We need volunteers for the following dates:

Topic-Resumes that Open Doors
3/29 5/17 7/6 8/23 10/11

Topic-Phone Interviews
4/11 5/30 7/18 9/5 10/21

If you are interest in helping out with any of these events or would like more info, please contact Bill Dykstra @ workforcereadiness@indyshrm.org.