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What is a transitioning membership?
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) provides active
members who are unemployed at the time of the membership renewal a
one-time opportunity to extend their membership for up to one year—at no
cost! SHRM believes this continued affiliation to our loyal members
will help transitioning members stay current on the issues impacting the
HR profession and provide them with the needed resources to assist them
in their job search.
Who qualifies for transitioning membership?
Any active SHRM member who is unemployed at the time of his or her
membership expiration date or becomes unemployed up to 90 days after the
membership lapses. Additionally, the member must be unemployed at the
time he or she applies for a transitioning membership. No refunds will
be given for renewals already paid and processed. Student members do not
qualify for transitioning membership status.
Before activating a transitioning membership, the individual must
communicate his or her unemployment status to SHRM via e-mail, fax or
What benefits are included with a transitioning membership?
SHRM members in transitioning membership status will continue to receive all SHRM free and discounted member benefits
for up to one year, and will be able to access them with the same
8-digit membership identification number and password. The only benefits
not included are voting privileges and the ability to hold office on a
SHRM panel or board.
For a comprehensive list of member benefits, visit www.shrm.org/memberkit
Members residing outside the United States
Transitioning members residing outside the United States will receive
benefits of the Internet-only membership, which includes complete
access to all areas of SHRM Online as well as discounts to the
SHRMStore, professional development opportunities, and more.
What happens when I find a new job?
Members in transitioning membership status may reinstate their
professional membership at any time during their transitioning
membership period by paying the annual renewal fee of $185 (or $95 for
Internet-only members residing outside the United States).
Renew on the Transitioning Renewal Page
or contact the SHRM Member Care Center at (800) 283-7476, option 3
(U.S. only) or (703) 548-3440, option 3 (Int'l.), TTY/TDD (703) 548-6999
(Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST).
Important notice about SHRM transitioning membership:
Transitioning membership is available to members ONE TIME ONLY and
will not begin until the SHRM Member Care Center receives and process
the application form. Members will be notified when the membership has
been approved and reactivated. Application for transitioning membership
must be requested and approved before renewal is paid. No refunds will
be given if a membership is renewed and then an individual loses their
job. Benefits of transitioning membership are subject to change or
cancellation without notice.
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