Free SHRM Membership Available to Active, Unemployed Members

October 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

Unemployment doesn’t have to keep active members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) from being able to take advantage of the organization’s many resources when membership renewal time rolls around. The global HR organization offers one-time free “transitioning membership” for up to one year as a way to help its members stay current on HR issues and provide them with the resources they need in their job search.

“SHRM Transitional Membership is one of those benefits that you hope you don’t need, but are glad you have it when the need arises,” said Pamela Green, SPHR, SHRM’s chief membership officer. Transitioning membership is open to active SHRM members who are unemployed at the date that their membership expires and for those who become unemployed up to 90 days after their membership lapses. It does not extend to students, and there is no refund if a member loses his or her job after renewing SHRM membership, according to SHRM’s web site.

A member’s first step in applying for transitioning membership is to contact SHRM—by e-mail, fax or mail—to inform SHRM of his or her unemployment status. The application must be requested and approved before the active SHRM member makes a renewal payment. Members will receive notification when their transitioning membership has been approved and reactivated.

To apply for transitional membership, please fill out this form and send it in: http://sapphire.shrm.org/www/members/transitioning/application.asp.  For those who have found employment during the transitional period and need to reinstate their regular membership, go to http://www.shrm.org/about/membership/transitioning/Pages/renew.aspx.

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