In order to earn the SPHR, an individual also needs to have a certain number of years experience in a professional level HR position. That said, if you have a practice area focusing on the HR function, it could lend additional credibility and deeper understanding to that practice area.
Thank you, Matt.
I see a lot of recruiters with no HR experience at all, so I am pretty sure they wouldn't qualify for it. If you have a strong background in HR, and your company/clients rely on you for your HR experience, then it definitely could set you apart from the competition. Does it make you a better 'recruiter'? I'm not sure about that. Is it worth taking the certification? I think it would be completely up to you to determine that for yourself.
Thank you, Linda Ferrante LoCicero , for your thoughtful reply.
In my mind, HR and recruiting/headhunting have strong areas of overlap, so I find it a bit hard to distinguish an actual 'line' or 'border' between the two.
My failure to comprehend this distinction may stem from my fascination with "Humanistic Studies" from my University years. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of studies aren't "Humanistic", if they were studies conducted by humans.
As far as the cert/test goes, I'm sure I have no need for it. On the other hand, my question is about whether it might be beneficial from a "humanistic" standpoint, and then (possibly) also from a professional standpoint.
On the other other hand, how can we know what we need, if we don't know what the thing we might need is?