Chicago SHRM is the largest Chicago Chapter of the internationally recognized HR organization, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). We are not only the largest within the Chicagoland area, but Chicago SHRM is also among the largest SHRM chapters in the U.S. with over 1,000 members. Our charter is to enhance and support the development of human resource professionals in the Chicago metropolitan area by providing the most essential and comprehensive set of resources. We'd love to have you join and become an active member of our Chapter.
Now more than ever... professionals realize how important it is to be connected to others in the world of HR. If you’ve been an active member of Chicago SHRM then you realize the multitude of benefits that come as a result of being involved; walking into a room and seeing all those familiar faces, realizing you can request a favor and people are happy to help, being appreciated for sharing your time and expertise...
...and knowing you have a network of professionals that are here to support you.
About Our Membership
Our Membership includes practitioners in all HR disciplines and professional levels. Industries represented include banking, education, manufacturing, consumer products and services, financial services, technology, communications, insurance, legal, food, retail, healthcare, publishing, and more. Membership is also open to individuals in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations as well as those providing consulting services. Additionally, Chicago SHRM welcomes student members who are preparing for a career in Human Resources.
Helping you develop and grow as an HR professional
Getting answers to your questions
Connecting with others
Access to resources and services
Helping you develop and grow as an HR professional
Monthly programs that focus on current topics important to those in the HR community.
Monthly educational meetings where guest speakers, who are experts in their respective fields(s), are invited to present on current issues confronting organizations and HR professionals. These are typically breakfast or lunch sessions, and during the year we offer two all-day sessions and two legal updates.
Chicago SHRM Talk Monthly Roundtables provide discussion opportunities in a more intimate setting. These are usually morning sessions that typically include continental breakfast.
Chicago SHRM Career Exchange Roundtables help HR professionals network job leads and obtain training on skills they need to conduct a job search in today's tight job market.
PHR/SPHR Certification: PHR (Professional in Human Resources) or SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification has become increasingly more important for continued career advancement and is becoming more valued by employers. Chicago SHRM offers a highly successful, cost-effective preparation course for the HRCI certification exam. It is also a valuable course for anyone new to Human Resources or for the specialist who wants a better understanding of all HR functional areas.
Volunteer of the Year Award: Recognize the contributions of our members to the human resources field through Chicago SHRM's annual "Human Resources Volunteer of the Year Award." This exciting Chicago SHRM feature is significant in that we will have the opportunity to highlight a member each year who has made distinguishable contributions to the human resources profession.
Getting Answers to Your Questions
Chicago SHRM Exchange: A benefit that allows members to post questions through an open forum and receive feedback and professional advice from other HR Professionals.
HR Helpline: Chicago SHRM provides its members with a free help line that provides HR professionals with information and/or assistance with HR-related questions and problems at 312-368-0188.
Legal Hotline: This free benefit to Chicago SHRM members provides you the ability to contact an employment lawyer and Chicago SHRM's Legislative Liaison with questions or issues concerning employment law that you would like advice on.
Connecting with Others
Chapter Committees: Join one of our committees where you can get involved working with other HR professionals on a wide range of activities that either support the growth and development of the HR professional or help Chicago SHRM be a more effective resource for the HR community. You can find descriptions of each of the committees under the Committees menu item.
Members in Transition: Chicago SHRM is a great networking tool during an unexpected job transition. Like the old saying goes, "it's not necessarily what you know, but who you know." Plus, Chicago SHRM often affiliates itself with various external organizations to assist our members in their career transition for little or no fee.
Access to Resources and Services
Monthly Newsletter: Chicago SHRM's Online Newsletter provides information on upcoming events, updates on committee activities, links to relevant HR articles, and opportunities to grow professionally within the field.
Job Central - Job Posting Board: Whether you personally are interested in new job opportunities within the HR field or you are looking to hire a professional, experienced HR individual, Chicago SHRM's Job Central puts all the information you need at your fingertips!
Alliance organizations: Chicago SHRM is a member of The Alliance, a group of HR-related organizations in the Chicago area who have agreed to work together to promote events and the cooperative missions of each group.
Service Providers: Find a list of service providers that could help address needs in your organization.
College Relations: We realize the challenges encountered by college students as they prepare to start their careers. Through a variety of activities (e.g., job fairs, career training), we help these soon-to-be professionals make a smooth transition into the workforce.
Education Advocacy: We provide support to the Chicago area school system and Chicago SHRM membership by sharing our talents and preparing students to be successful future members of the working community.
Student Scholarship Assistance: We offer two scholarships: Hershel Feldman "HR Leaders of Tomorrow" Award & Hershel Feldman "HR Leaders of Tomorrow" Award with seven affiliated colleges.