Human Resources professionals help companies fill their staffing needs as well as develop and implement employee relations policies, administer benefits and health and safety programs, and facilitate employee training. As the field is changing and expanding rapidly, job prospects for Human Resources personnel in Canada are excellent.

The Job

Work realities:
Based in an office, Human Resources professionals work in all types of business and industry, including public administration, private businesses and organizations, manufacturing, health care, and more. The workday is usually 9-5, although in some companies, Human Resources personnel are available during all shifts. In smaller companies, administrative assistants may assume some human resources duties.

Reporting to:
Depending on the size of the Human Resources department, workers may report to a Human Resources Manager or to upper management.

Recruiting, testing, evaluating, and hiring new personnel is the core function of a Human Resources job. Once an employee is hired, HR helps the worker become part of the company through training and by acclimating him or her to health and safety procedures and company policies. The Human Resources department works with other staff to make sure that performance reviews are completed and that any disciplinary actions are imposed fairly and legally. Some Human Resources workers in may specialise in areas such as Compensation, Executive Recruiting, Employee Relations, and more.

Future possibilities:
Human Resources professionals can expect promotions within their department or in corporate management. As experience is developed, HR workers can concentrate in specialty areas.


Human Resources jobs require excellent communication and analytical skills to help recruit excellent job candidates, mediate disputes, and keep company HR practices in line with current thinking and with the law.

Required Skills and Training

HR jobs require a minimum of a bachelor's degree, preferably in personnel management or labour relations. Most Human Resources personnel supplement their education with ongoing training to keep up to date on current practices and legal requirements.

While some workers may come in with little experience, most jobs require one or more years of experience at the generalist level.

Skills and Certifications:
Though not required for most jobs, Human Resources professionals can work toward becoming a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).


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