|M.Sc Student||Taly Harel-Marian|
|Subject||Job Announcements for Human Resources Personnel in Israel:|
The Employers' Perception of the HR Profession
|Department||Department of Industrial Engineering and Management||Supervisor||Dr. Shlomit Kaminka|
|Full Thesis text - in Hebrew|
The field of human resources is divided over the question of human resources professionalism. Against those who claim that human resources are a profession, others argue that human resources do not follow the necessary criteria to be defined as a profession. This study attempts to shed some light on the perception of human resources in Israel. It does so by questioning whether those shaping the Israeli economy, i.e. Israeli employers, see human resources as a profession.
By analyzing job announcements for human resources personnel, the study aims to detect what qualities do Israeli employers seek in their human resources candidates. Does experience, certain characteristics, or a specific academic education seem to be relevant in the eyes of the Israeli employers? Previous studies have shown that years of experience, specific characteristics (business knowledge; customer oriented approach; effective interpersonal communication; integrity and credibility; systemic perspective; negotiation and conflict resolution skills) and academic education correlated with successful performance of human resources personnel. Thus, this study tries to establish whether Israeli employers follow the thesis of these previous studies.
The study showed that in searching for human resources personnel, Israeli employers in general, attribute very high importance to relevant experience. In fact, experience is a much more significant factor than education, as relevant as it may be. The study also concluded that Israeli employers do not search for certain characteristics in their candidates. As a matter of fact, the study revealed that the fact that Israeli employers do not look for specific characteristics is statistically significant.
The conclusion of the empirical findings is that Israeli employers do not share a common perception regarding a “model human resources candidate”.As of today, the Israeli job market failed to produce common standards or definitions for the human resources professional. The inevitable final conclusion of the study suggests that the Israeli market is still a long way from professionalizing human resources. It remains unclear however, what is the reason for such a failure. On the one hand, it might be argued that it is exaggerated to ask from the Israeli employers to apply professional standards in the absence of any certification programs in Israel. On the other hand, it is also reasonable to assume that no such programs will be established, as long as the Israeli market will not introduce the demands for professionalism in the field of human resources.