SHRM Looking for Volunteers

SHRM is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on its 12 Special Expertise Panels for 2011. The Special Expertise Panels serve as a resource to SHRM by identify topics of importance to the HR profession.

SHRM is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on its 12 Special Expertise Panels for 2011. The Special Expertise Panels serve as a resource to SHRM by identify topics of importance to the HR profession. The panels are comprised of SHRM members possessing advanced HR knowledge in one of twelve HR concentrations.

Panel member contributions play an integral role in: reporting emerging trends in specific HR topic areas; providing expert advice on matters of professional significance; and helping provide guidance on matters of public policy.

The 12 Panels are: Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability; Employee Health, Safety & Security; Employee Relations; Ethics; Global; Human Capital Measurement/HR Metrics; Labor Relations; Organizational Development; Staffing Management; Technology & HR Management; Total Rewards/Compensation & Benefits; and Workplace Diversity.

"We generally look for volunteers with 10 or more years of experience in their field," said Robert LaGow, Manager of Volunteer Relations at SHRM. "We are also encouraging people interested in serving on the panels to apply directly to the panel requisition that they are interested in. Those are posted on the Volunteer Opportunities Center."

"Serving on a panel is a great way to give back to the profession," LaGow said. "Panel members are also able to meet and network with like-minded peers. Many of our panel alumni stay in touch with each other long after their term is completed."

Prospective panel members are reviewed and selected by a Panel Selection Committee made up of 5 members and 5 SHRM staffers. Panel terms are for 3 year terms, meaning there is an average of 5 openings per panel per year.

"Our situation is a little unique among other associations and trade groups," LaGow said. "We often have more volunteers than we have slots. It's the helpful, giving nature of HR professionals that makes my job easy."

The deadline for applying for this year's Panel Selection cycle is Friday, July 30. For more information on the panels, go to http://www.shrm.org/Communities/SHRMSpecialExpertisePanels/Pages/default.aspx.

To apply for a panel position, go to http://www.shrm.org/Communities/volunteeropportunities/Pages/default.aspx.