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Coming Up Roses

Magazine article HRMagazine

Coming Up Roses

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HR professionals are a pretty confident bunch these days, with executives and new hires alike feeling good about their profession. Those new to the work and just beginning their climb up the career ladder are particularly optimistic, especially about their job security, according to the latest Society for Human Resource Management HR Jobs Pulse, a survey report focused on hiring trends in the trade.

Overall, three-quarters of the U.S.based HR professionals said they were "not at all concerned" about their job security. One-quarter of respondents reported some degree of concern in 2016, down from 2014 when nearly 4 in 10 said they were somewhat anxious about keeping their jobs. Today, early-career HR pros are the most confident, while mid-career and senior HR workers are the least.

Still, if they lost their jobs, 88 percent of all HR professionals had some degree of certainty that they could land a new position. That optimism is particularly well-founded for generalists, who are in high demand, and those specializing in recruiting, since many organizations report having trouble finding qualified people to fill key jobs.

The HR areas most in demand at organizations that report they are hiring are:

* Generalists (49 percent).

* Employment/recruitment (31 percent).

* Administration (15 percent).

* Benefits (14 percent).

* Employee relations (13 percent).

* Compensation (9 percent).

* Training/development (9 percent).

* Organizational development (8 percent). …

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