The Impact of Passing the Professional in Human Resources Exam on Early Career Success for Undergraduates Entering the Human Resource Field

9 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2010

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Scott W. Lester

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Jennifer Mencl

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Cheryl Maranto

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Kristina A. Bourne

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Timothy Keaveny

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Abstract

This study investigates the impact of passing the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam on the early career success of recent college graduates. Data were gathered from alumni of three Midwestern universities who earned an undergraduate degree in business administration (i.e., BBA) with a major in human resources. The survey was designed to measure early career success indicators including finding a job in the HR field, starting salary, and number of promotions. Results reveal that the probability of one's first job after graduation being in human resources was significantly greater for those who had passed the PHR exam compared with those who did not pass or did not take the exam. Passing the PHR exam was not associated with significant differences in starting salary or early career promotions. Implications, study strengths and limitations, and suggestions for future research are discussed.

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Lester, Scott W. and Mencl, Jennifer and Maranto, Cheryl and Bourne, Kristina A. and Keaveny, Timothy, The Impact of Passing the Professional in Human Resources Exam on Early Career Success for Undergraduates Entering the Human Resource Field. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 282-290, September 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1661405 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2010.00511.x

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Kristina A. Bourne

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Timothy Keaveny

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