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O Feature Become a By Adam Czarnecki, CHRP Googling search help.” This will land you on a page that will teach you how to be a better searcher. One of the things you will learn is that, in the Google world, “site:” is called an operator and it limits your search query to a specified website. So in the future, you will know to search for “ new cpp regulations” if you’re interested in information only from the official Government of Canada website rather than from the entire web. Google also offers online classes from time-to-time called “Power Searching with Google.” They are free and a major time saver. There are six 50-minute sessions with a mid-term and a final exam, plus a certificate at the end. The next round of classes should start sometime in the winter of 2012. Once you become a Googling Guru, all of the world’s information is literally at your fingertips. Check out The Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by an American educator Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. With the stated mission of “providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere”, the website supplies a free online collection of more than 3,000 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube. There are videos on mathematics, history, healthcare and medicine, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organic chemistry, American civics, art history, macroeconomics, microeconomics and computer science. The quality and clarity of these lectures is amazing. Khan started by tutoring his cousin, who was struggling with math. He started posting their session on YouTube so she and others could refer to them anytime. Soon, students started stumbling onto the lectures and asking for more. Then Bill Gates and Google backed him so he could quit his job and focus on creating lectures full time. If there is an aspect of your business, tech—or core or advanced HR—skills that you want to develop or brush up on, this is the site to check out. Buy into social media: You are, of course, aware of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. There are also about 50 other social media sites, but as an HR professional, all T o be taken seriously as a human resources professional by senior management, employees and peers, you need to stay on top of HR, business and technology trends. Unfortunately, much of what we have learned while pursuing our degrees, diplomas, certificates and CHRP designations is out of date. We must rely on ourselves to stay abreast of current business and technology trends. Luckily for us, there are online communities out there that freely share the plethora of information we need to stay on top of our game. The challenge is discovering, filtering and finding the time to read the plethora of information out there. Here’s how to do it, with only a minimum of tech know-how and effort. Start with Google: Google is arguably the best search engine for the world wide web (aka the Web, the Internet, the Cloud). It’s a very powerful tool for research, finding useful articles and gathering statistics. It can be an even greater asset if you know how to focus and filter your searches. To become a Google Guru, start by googling “ 16 O

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Network - Fall 2012

HRIA Chair’s Message
How’s Your Energy Literacy?
Become a Googling Guru
Aligning People Development to Business Strategy
The Quest for Value
A Workplace Fairness Assessment at Vista Projects: Process, Results and Benefits
Benefit Audits: Understanding the Cost of Your Benefits
The Nuts and Bolts of Investigating Harassment Complaints Index of Advertisers

Network - Fall 2012