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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 mail.

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.

Benefits include:

  • Listing in the SHRM online membership directory
  • Print subscription to HR Magazine® (U.S. only)
  • Online publications, including HR Magazine®, HR News and Workplace Visions®
  • Online research, articles and white papers
  • Access to SHRM's toolkits and samples database
  • E-mail bulletins including HR Week, product and service announcements from SHRM, and more
  • Discounts on SHRM professional development opportunities
  • Discounts on SHRMStore purchases

For a comprehensive list of member benefits, visit

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.

Benefits include:

  • Full access to SHRM Online (
  • Access to HR Jobs, including the daily job alert
  • Access to the SHRM HR Knowledge Center

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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