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Professional network service for HR
Registration free
Owner Debbie McGrath
Launched 1999 is the largest social networking site dedicated to human resources professionals.[1] is a virtual company that believes in HR education, and networking. As the largest social network and online community of over 240,000 HR executives, connects HR professionals and suppliers with easy access to shared knowledge on best practices, industry news, webcasts, and online certification to help them develop their most important asset – the people. Meet, network, share and learn. members have access to articles, case studies, newsletters, polls, discussion forums, blogs, webcasts and other features. Majority of the content on is community generated. The site is "similar to Facebook, with a business community"[2] and allows HR professionals to share best practices and research techniques.[3] is an HRCI approved provider.[4] and offers certification for HRCI ( SPHR/PHR) and for SHRM ( SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP) programs.

Company Background[edit] Limited is a privately held company based out of Aurora, Canada.[5] was established in 1999 by Debbie McGrath who previously also set up CEO Group Inc., later sold to the Washington Post.[6] It was originally set up as an online magazine for HR professionals [7] but was subsequently turned into a social network. In 2007 the network underwent a significant upgrade and incorporated features such as blogs, wikis, forums, and other web 2.0 functionality.[8]

In October 2010 announced the launch of its own accreditation program, Institute for Human Resources (IHR).[9] The programs are focused on providing specialized niche training and allow participants to accumulate both IHR and HRCI credits.

Excellence Essentials Publications[edit]'s publication series,"Excellence Essentials", offer 12 monthly online publications that provide an invaluable collection of high quality content and experts' solutions. The magazines provide an interactive online experience with access to articles, case studies, industry trends, options like surveys and benchmark data, learning modules, online archives, links to videos and audio clips, custom content for companies.

Job Stop[edit] introduced a new & improved job board called the Job Stop in 2014 with the goal to change the online recruitment experience. The Job Stop is the first semi-national/ semi-industry job board that serves North America. In partnership with RealMatch the Job Stop is able to use market leading technology to match qualified candidates to job ads and deliver qualified candidates to employers.

Job Seekers[edit]

The job seeker side of the Job Stop is exclusive to human resource professionals looking for a job or career in the HR industry only. Members of are able to create a free Job Stop profile to get matched, in real time, to jobs that they qualify for with each job ranked and rated based on each candidates qualifications. Searching is optional for jobs seekers and based on specified location.


The employer side of the Job Stop is open to recruiters and employers looking to advertise jobs in any industry. Each job advertisement gets employers access to the largest job network of over 1300 job sites with The Job Network™, that bring in over 100 million active and passive job seekers monthly. Exclusive human resource job advertisement packages are available and give employers and recruiters additional access to the member database of over 230,000 HR professionals. Features that are included with the purchase of any Job Stop job package are:

  • Real-Time Job Matching™ - Up-to-date candidate matches are made 24/7 in real time. Applicant screening, grading, and ranking puts the most qualified candidates at the top of each employers list so employers can focus on the best candidates first.
  • Optimized and Targeted Distribution - Each posting is optimized to rank higher in relevant search results on job search engines for better visibility to job seekers that qualify. Targeted distribution campaigns to hundreds of relevant paid job sites and are designed based on each specific job type at no extra cost.
  • Real Time Campaign Management - Job posting activity is monitored in real-time, and optimization and distribution campaigns are automatically adjusted to maximize qualified response.
  • Featured on Job Stop - The job advertisement will appear in the ‘Careers in HR’ section of the Job Stop on the Job Seeker home page.
  • Priority Posting - If the job is searched on’s Job Stop it will appear at the top of the search results to give optimum exposure.

Webcasts & Virtual Events[edit]

Educate, Inspire, Motivate…’s Webcasts and Virtual Events will do all of this for you! launched Webcasts and Virtual Events to provide you with up-to-the-minute information on today's hottest topics from key thought leaders in the HR industry – directly from your desktop. In support of your continuing education, offers all members 5 FREE webcasts and 1 FREE Virtual Event per month. Sign up for a FREE membership. Earn credits for HRCI, SHRM and WorldatWork (Compensation/Benefits/Wellness only) recertification and IHR certification.

Webcasts[edit] has been providing Webcasts since 2004 for a total of 4,500+ Webcasts.’s Webcasts are a great way for you to receive the latest information on topics that are most relevant to you and your HR department. Each one-hour webcast provides a forum for you to learn from the industry's finest and participate in interactive polls and Q&A. It couldn't be easier! Simply register for the webcast(s) of your choice, login from your desk, plug in your headphones, sit back and enjoy! Earn credits for HRCI, SHRM and WorldatWork (Compensation/Benefits/Wellness only) recertification and IHR certification. Full access to’s Archived Webcasts

Virtual Events[edit] has been an industry pioneer in hosting Virtual Events since 2007. 230+ Virtual Conferences. Want more information on select topics? Virtual Events are online conferences designed to give you more in-depth information, more webcasts, and an opportunity to browse a real trade show! Hop back and forth from booth to booth, sit in on the day's live webcast presentations, chat with vendors about the products/services you're interested in, or take some time out to schmooze with fellow HR professionals in the network lounge. Earn credits for HRCI, SHRM and WorldatWork (Compensation/Benefits/Wellness only) recertification and IHR certification. Full access to’s Archived Virtual Events.

Live Events[edit]

LEAD - has presented the live LEAD event annually since 2014. This exclusive event includes a roster of world renowned leadership speakers who have included 42nd President of the USA, Bill Clinton, Youth Leadership guru and philanthropist, Craig Kielburger, coach and top ten rated business leader, Marshall Goldsmith. The LEAD2016 event will be hosted a the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on February 3 and 4.

Institute for Human Resources[edit]

Certification: is a provider of several services surrounding HR Certification. As an example, the most common certification in the HR field is the Professional in Human Resources (PHR). These services operate under their sub-brand; The Institute for Human Resources

Exam Preparation: offers several training options to aid one in successfully preparing for, and passing, an HR Certification Exam.

Recertification: See Professional in Human Resources (recertification section) offers an unlimited training package, which allows HR professionals holding a PHR/SPHR/GPHR/SHRM-CP to earn all of their required continuing education credits (or recertification credits, as they are called).

Partnerships[edit] partners with various industry providers to bundle human resources related services for its members. In some cases the bundles include full use and access to a partner program, while in others the members receive product discounts. Current partnerships include AthenaOnline, HR & Benefits Essentials, OrcaEyes,[10] PayScale,DDI/Opal, and others.

Other Industry Contributions[edit] has conducted a number of industry surveys with results featured in trade publications such as CNY Business Journal,[11] Training & Development,[12] Canadian Manager,[13] Atlanta Business Chronicle.[14]

Debbie McGrath, the founder, was named one of the top 100 influencers in the HR field,[15] as well as one of top 100 Canadian Women Entrepreneurs by the PROFIT Magazine in 2005.[16]


  1. ^ Launches New Free Service For Members. Retrieved 2010-12-02
  2. ^ Tiernie Plumb (October 29, 2007), 'Human resources work marches toward the Web', Washington Business Journal
  3. ^ Tiernie Plumb (October 29, 2007), 'Human resources work marches toward the Web', Washington Business Journal
  4. ^ Approved Providers Listing
  5. ^, Limited, Retrieved 2010-12-02
  6. ^ (2007, May 12) "Mom's the Boss". National Post. (online copy) - Retrieved 2010-12-02
  7. ^ Ten Minutes with Debbie McGrath – Industry Expert - Retrieved 2010-12-02
  8. ^ Launches Revolutionary New Social Networking Website for HR Professionals - Retrieved 2010-12-02
  9. ^ Introduces its Institutes for Human Resources with Certification and Accreditation Programs. Retrieved 2010-12-02
  10. ^ HR.Com Launches New Free Service For Members, Retrieved 2010-12-02
  11. ^ Acton, Ryan. (Apr 20, 2007) Survey: Employers looking more at interpersonal skills, CNY Business Journal (online copy -- Retrieved 2010-12-02)
  12. ^ Oakes, Kevin. (April 2007) 'Performance Management Lacks CONSISTENCY', Training & Development.
  13. ^ (Winter 2001) 'Why Many Top Leaders Land in the Rough: Development Programs can help Top Execs Overcome Flaws in their Style', Canadian Manager. (online copy) -- Retrieved 2010-12-02
  14. ^ Johnston, Lori. (Monday, September 3, 2007). 'Future on the Line'.
  15. ^ Top 100 v1.38 Debbie McGrath - Retrieved 2010-12-02
  16. ^ Canada's top women entrepreneurs Retrieved 2010-12-02

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