My brilliant career – Leanne Bloomfield, human resources manager at HLB Mann Judd

by 06 Apr 2010

My current role is ... Human resources manager at HLB Mann Judd (Sydney office). We are a mid tier Australasian Chartered Accounting firm.

My qualifications are ... Dip. Bus. (HR). I am also currently studying Masters of HR at CSU.

I got into HR because ... I sold a property management business and after that I found myself at a career cross roads. When I analysed both my qualities and skills I decided HR was an area which would be best suited to be as a career. With so much diversity, I can't imagine doing anything else now. My prior business and legal experience really helped me to pave my way into HR.

My biggest career high so far... I am satisfied with all meaningful contributions my team makes at the firm and on an individual level. Recently our team was recognised as a finalist in the 2009 HR Leader magazine awards for Innovation in Recruitment and Retention. Our speed interview process for cadets and graduates has proven a great success for our firm. The energy in the room buzzes with enthusiasm from candidates and interviewers. The most rewarding experience for me is knowing that HR has added real value to the business and the employees.

To succeed in HR it takes ... many qualities but my top three are: strong business acumen, resilience and empathy.

Living person I most admire is ... my 100 year old Grandma. She is strong willed and selfless.

The thing I dislike most about myself ... I can be too serious and tend to be a workaholic. A balanced life is very important to me and I'm making headway.

The thing I dislike most in others ... is rudeness.

The best advice I ever got was ... (still thinking - I tend to learn best from my mistakes)

I'm happiest when I ... enjoy what I do and can break out of routine regularly. Life is good.

The hardest thing I've ever done was ... setting up and operating my own business. There was blood, sweat and tears. Fortunately it was worth the effort when the business sold and the lessons learnt along the way were priceless.

My greatest extravagance is ... Taking a seven month career break to travel overseas.

My favourite book is ... How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnegie

My motto is … “No pain no gain.” If it were easy then everyone would do it.

More info on Leanne’s role

To expand her HR experience, Leanne recently attended the Department of Defence's Exercise Boss Lift to the Solomon Islands. Leanne spent time with one of HLB Mann Judd's employees, who is also an Army Reservist, Lance Corporal Jeffrey Hanan, and learnt about the contribution he and other Reservists are making to Operation Anode. Op Anode is the Australian Defence Force's contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands. Exercise Boss Lift is a program coordinated by Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division and is designed to provide employers first-hand experience of the skills Reservists develop during Defence service and how this experience can help in the civilian workplace.