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Hays - the DNA of an HRD

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It’s not hard to see the appeal of the top Human Resources job. But how do you get there? Career paths can vary, but those who become HRD share something in common – the DNA of an HRD.

We spoke to 461 HRDs across Australia and New Zealand in person to uncover commonalities and find out whether there is a DNA of an HRD. From qualifications and experience to personal development and work-life balance, our report gives you an insight into what it takes to reach the top HR job.

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Hays - the DNA of an HRD

  1. 1. DNA OF AN HRD THE MAKINGS OF AN HR LEADER Candidates frequently ask us about the path to success. How do I become an HRD? What do I need to do to transition from senior management to an executive role? What should my CV include? Our report the DNA of an HRD is designed to answer these questions. On the following slides we look at the path to becoming an HRD. Our findings are a result of face-to-face interviews with 461 HR leaders across Australia & New Zealand. Eliza Kirkby Regional Director, Hays Human Resources hays.com.au/hrd | hays.net.nz/hrd
  2. 2. BACKGROUND & QUALIFICATIONS 88% of HRDs hold a bachelor degree, 24% hold a human resources degree, 4% a psychology degree 35% have a postgraduate diploma, 27% have a masters degree 44% hold additional HR qualifications or certifications The majority (68%) have not always worked in HR hays.com.au/hrd | hays.net.nz/hrd
  3. 3. INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE 47% of HRDs have worked outside Australia and New Zealand at some point during their career. This includes in the UK (51%), Asia (40%), North America (24%), Europe (18%) and the Middle East and Africa (16%) The large majority (96%) say the experience benefited their career hays.com.au/hrd | hays.net.nz/hrd
  4. 4. STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT & COMMERCIAL ACUMEN Over half (53%) of respondents say stakeholder engagement is the most important skill for an HRD to possess Commercial acumen was a close second place (52%), while strategic planning ranked third with 48% of the vote hays.com.au/hrd | hays.net.nz/hrd
  5. 5. RESILIENT & CREDIBLE For two-thirds (67%) of our survey respondents, resilience is the most important personal characteristic that has helped them succeed in their careers to date This was closely followed by being collaborative (54%) and credible (53%) Adaptive (52%) and a proactive nature (51%) are also important hays.com.au/hrd | hays.net.nz/hrd
  6. 6. CAREER DEVELOPMENT Encouragingly, 68% say that if they had their time all over again, they would still choose the profession, and most would either like to stay in their current post or take on a bigger HR role in future 68% have recently attended a networking event to meet other HRDs Almost all (96%) are on LinkedIn yet only half (50%) use social media to network hays.com.au/hrd | hays.net.nz/hrd
  7. 7. TOP TIPS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION 57% of HRDs think up-and-coming HR leaders need to be commercially aware and a good business person HRDs also advise the next generation of HR professionals to build strong relationships with their director (41%) and be able to find out what a business needs not what a business wants (32%) hays.com.au/hrd | hays.net.nz/hrd
  8. 8. UPCOMING CHALLENGES 54% of HRDs think that aligning strategic requirements with operational budget and workforce will be the biggest business challenge for them This was followed by company culture (50%) and employee engagement (46%) When asked about their own professional challenges, achieving company objectives came in at number one, followed by demonstrating ROI from the HR department hays.com.au/hrd | hays.net.nz/hrd
  9. 9. INTERESTS Outside of work HRDs are generally active; 72% play sport or exercise in their spare time 89% like to socialise with friends and family 51% like to travel hays.com.au/hrd | hays.net.nz/hrd
  10. 10. SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS TYPICAL HR DIRECTORS hays.com.au/hrd | hays.net.nz/hrd
  11. 11. Hays is the most followed recruitment agency on LinkedIn® in the world. Join our growing network by following Hays Worldwide. Get expert advice, insights and the latest recruitment news by following us on Twitter @HaysAustralia or @HaysNewZealand hays.com.au | hays.net.nz

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