Coby Philips are experts in recruiting HR Professionals at every level, especially entry level. We have experience in working with candidates who aspire to become senior and successful HR Managers and we work with them every step of the way to ensure that they’re hitting their career targets and getting the jobs that they love, whether that be contract of permanent. With HR being such a popular field to get into, we thought we would delve into what we feel makes a successful HR Manager and explore some of the common traits we have found in those who have been extremely successful in their career.

Strong Communicators 

HR Managers who are successful within their field are always strong communicators. They partner other business functions, meaning that they should be able to communicate effectively with anyone from CTO, to reception staff. Key to this is a deep understanding of how HR fits within the organisation and the challenges that all business functions face. Understanding the business on various levels means that the HR Manager will be able to communicate with the key people in divisions and put measures into place efficiently and effectively.

Problem Solvers 

The best HR Managers that we come across always pay strong attention to taking on problems and solving them. Whether it’s within their job specification or not, successful HR Managers will find problems to solve and ways to make business run smoother (even if it’s their job or not). Defining your OWN role as a HR Manager is one way to ensuring you’ll be seen as a key part of the business.

Looking Long-Term

Successful HR Managers will always have a plan in place, and that means taking the long-term view. Adjusting business models for the greater good of the business takes a long time, but HR Managers are able to identify the issues and understand what’s needed to achieve success in these areas (such as L&D projects)

Speaks For Employees

Ambitious HR Managers will always make sure that their employees are at the forefront of whatever they do. Whether it’s improving business policy or community focus, HR will always be thinking about their people. HR speak for the employee community, therefore need to listen to what people want to. What might work for the business might not necessarily be right for its employees, and therefore successful HR Managers need to keep a firm eye on both aspects of the business to make the best decisions for everyone moving forwards.