Freebies

These are all the HR eBooks or essays I’ve written or participated in. Below you’ll find 300+ pages of free HR content to help you be better at what you do every day!

PHR Study Series Free eBook PHR Study Series This is a narrative describing the study process from start to finish.  It was originally published in multiple parts elsewhere, but after receiving dozens of comments and questions, I decided to update it some and combine it into a handy-dandy PDF for anyone to download and use at their own leisure.  Hopefully it will motivate you to success like it has done for so many others. And if you enjoy the free version, then you will get even more great help and useful information from the Rock the PHR study guide. It’s a precursor to the more advanced version, Rock the PHR. If you read the free guide and still want more assistance with preparing for the PHR exam, then check out Rock the PHR, because it will give you everything you need to be confident in your ability to pass the PHR exam.

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23 thoughts on “Freebies

  1. Thanks for this! Im about to start, but even though I have some years in HR its always good to get a fresh approach at this.

    So thanks and yes it is motivation! :-)

    • Shane, definitely not that sort of thing. :-) It’s just a narrative of the study process for each section, basically. I’ve had dozens of people read it and use it to guide them through the harrowing process. One thing that it helps with the most (in my opinion)–> Motivation. Try it out. It’s free, and you can’t get any less value than you paid! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. You’ve done a great job of documenting the process Ben. It definitely helped me before i started preparing for PHR. Great job and thank you!!… i have one question though on how the HRCI practice tests look like. There is no information about it on the website. Is it module by module or is it all together? Because you have mentioned percentages for each module but i’m not sure if the HRCI practice tests are segregated. I want to take the test module by module since i’ve not yet finished my prep on all the modules… Is it possible?

  3. You\’ve done a great job of documenting the process Ben. It definitely helped me before i started preparing for PHR. Great job and thank you!!… i have one question though on how the HRCI practice tests look like. There is no information about it on the website. Is it module by module or is it all together? Because you have mentioned percentages for each module but i\’m not sure if the HRCI practice tests are segregated. I want to take the test module by module since i\’ve not yet finished my prep on all the modules… Is it possible? — forthewebs@yahoo.com not gmail !!

  4. Thank you so much. Oh my questions will keep coming :) …. i hope you don’t mind…. my next question is … did the actual test resemble the hrci practice tests you took? Because i’m using both Anne and SHRM. I’ve consistently been scoring 90% and 80% respectively. I did not take any course as such, just self-study … my confidence was growing until i took the assessment test from the HRCI certifiction guide book yesterday (the one with 125 questions) . I was a little concerned, they don’t resemble shrm one bit, a little close to Anne maybe and i scored miserably low maybe 60% …. i’m just a bit shaken right now! Not sure whether i’m doing it right? Any specific suggestions / insights from you will be helpful…

  5. Hi Ben,

    Let me first congratulate you for getting into HR job and for 2nd anniversary of your happily married life :)

    Needed a small help of yours.
    Just to give you some background, I am preparing for PHR and my exam is June end.

    1. I have read SHRM learning system.
    2. I have read Anne B’s book.
    4. I DO NOT have the SHRM learning system’s CD/web based question bank.

    pl suggest me, which are the other sources of test questions available and recommended. ( anything available on net etc…)

    and also as per the best of your knowledge, will following these 2 study books be sufficient to clear the exam.

    Pl advice.

    looking forward to hear from you.

    Best Regards,
    Su

  6. I’ve talked with people with more than a dozen years of experience in the field that still had trouble staying motivated and keeping up with all of the little things here and there. I’d LOVE to get some feedback from you on whether it is helpful or not (upstarthr AT gmail). When you’re stuck at midnight with a study guide chapter to read, pull up this PDF and read some, because it will hopefully uplift and encourage you!

  7. @Michelle
    Thank you for the kind words. The HRCI exams are not segregated into modules. It’s all lumped together just like the exam will look. You have no idea which question will be next. When you finish, they give you the percentages of each section so you know where to focus your future efforts. Let me know if you need anything more!

  8. @Michelle
    Yes, it was very similar to the types of questions on the actual exam. I didn’t do nearly as well on the Bogardus chapter exams as you. If there is time, I’d definitely get both of the HRCI practice exams and do one now to test your level. If you do that, shoot me an email, because I would love to hear how you do. SHRM questions aren’t as useful, from all of the different viewpoints I have heard.
    When are you taking the exam?

  9. @Su
    Thanks for the kind words! If you have read the SHRM book and the book by Anne Bogardus, then I think you should be very prepared. I would advise that you also take at least one (preferably two) of the HRCI practice exams. They are definitely worth the expense, because the questions are pulled directly from previous exams. I used the Anne Bogardus book, and I did fine. Please let me know how you do!

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