What does it take to be an HR director?
Competition for these roles is fierce, however there are some common features employers look for. The ideal background for an HR director would be someone who is currently a senior HR business partner or a head of HR, or someone who is already an HR director looking for a change. Specific sector experience is generally considered important at this level, however there is likely to be crossover between closely aligned sectors within commerce (e.g. retail and FMCG, media & advertising, telecommunications and technology).
Most employers also tend to value stability and clear career progression on CVs. Businesses also look for candidates who can demonstrate experience of:
- Introducing new HR initiatives
- The ability to influence change and experience of leading a team
- Restructuring experience is also particularly valued
As HR directors represent the people within their business, great interpersonal and communication skills are a must, as is excellent commercial acumen. Employers also look for broad generalist HR experience and for candidates who are passionate about their industry.