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An organization’s overall success will be determined to a significant degree by its ability to have the right people, with the right skills, in the right places, at the right times. Although this statement sounds somewhat straightforward, let’s take a closer look at what it actually means.

Responsibilities relating to workforce planning and employment provide HR professionals with the opportunity to have a lasting impact on the organization. Whether this impact is positive, however, depends in large part on the way in which HR professionals execute these responsibilities. This chapter from PHR Exam Prep: Professional in Human Resources, 3rd Edition covers how an HR professional can successfully execute workforce planning and employment.

This chapter from PMP Exam Cram: Project Management Professional, 5th Edition covers the general concepts of planning and the processes that relate to the development of project baselines.

Ed Tittel

Employers look for and seek out certified IT professionals, but generally prefer candidates who possess both college degrees and specific certification credentials. Aspiring or active IT professionals can benefit from an informed evaluation of certifications in terms of the time commitment, cost, and other factors involved in earning such a credential vis-a-vis the ultimate financial or career advancement that such an investment can return. In this article, Ed Tittel looks at one method for rating and ranking IT certifications.

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