where human resources jobs in canada are headed

During the pandemic, HR teams have been put to the test. Companies have had to make tough decisions about workforce numbers, figure out how best to support the new remote work model and maintain company morale during an extremely tumultuous time. According to a report, 69% of workers across all age demographics claim the pandemic is the most stressful time of their professional careers. Great emphasis will be placed on developing programs to help employees access mental health benefits without embarrassment, access financial and physical wellness programs in addition to creating assistance programs designed to help meet immediate needs.  With remote work being the way of the future, HR teams will need to develop guides and operational practices that include both infrastructure and emotional components that come along with making remote work successful. For the many companies that will eventually resume recruitment, there needs to be fast upscaling of effective online interviewing processes and a way for them to tap into the global talent pool. For HR professionals who are dynamic, willing to be cross-functional and dedicated to protecting their employees and organization, there will be countless opportunities across Canada. 

1. HR manager

HR manager holds onto the top spot on the list of best HR jobs for 2021. HR managers are responsible for the HR function at their company, and typically oversee other HR professionals in areas such as talent management, recruiting, employee relations, health and safety, payroll and other specializations within HR. Forward-thinking HR managers who understand the importance of communication, culture building and diversity will be in demand in 2021.

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2. recruiter

Though 2020 was mostly an employer-driven market due to the pandemic, we’re already seeing a shift back to a talent-driven market in 2021. Recruiters bridge the gap between employers and job seekers, helping employers find the talent they need to thrive, while also helping job seekers access the best possible opportunities. Recruiters who understand how to connect with people and build trusting relationships will be key in 2021 as employers focus on building a healthy talent pipeline.

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3. HR generalist

HR generalists are the jack-of-all-trades of the HR world, so it's no surprise to see them round out the top 3 in-demand HR jobs in 2021. HR generalists do a little bit of everything in HR including talent management, recruitment, employee relations, and payroll, among other things. If it relates to employees, there's a good chance an HR generalist does it! That versatility makes HR generalists in high demand during the pandemic, especially at small and medium-sized businesses that don't have a large HR department segmented into specializations.

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4. HR coordinator

HR coordinators are a lot like HR generalists, but more junior. HR coordinators typically provide general HR and administrative support to the HR teams they work with. This role is considered entry-level, though with a few years of experience, many HR coordinators go on to specialize in a segment of HR or become an HR generalist. A strong desire to learn and work with people will be your best asset as an HR coordinator in 2021.

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5. HR director

HR director moved up one spot from last year. HR directors are near the top of the HR hierarchy, just below the Chief People Officer or Chief Human Resources Officer. As leaders, HR directors are responsible for high-level planning and strategy within the HR department. Excellent communication and an innate ability to connect with and understand employees and corporate culture will help HR directors get ahead in 2021.

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6. HR business partner

HR business partner holds steady in the same spot as last year. HR business partners are a front-line resource for employees. From guiding employees through management changes and new policies, to handling employee discipline, HR business partners are employee relations experts. HR business partners often deal with complex and sensitive issues such as harassment or illegal behaviour, so discretion and a calm, even-keeled disposition is a must.

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7. talent acquisition specialist

Talent acquisition specialist remains on the list of most in-demand HR jobs for the second year in a row. Much like recruiters, talent acquisition specialists are all about finding and hiring the best talent for their employer. As the job market ramps back up in 2021 following the COVID-19-driven downturn, it's no surprise to see that skilled talent acquisition specialists are in high demand.

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8. manager of training

Manager of training is a new entry on the list of best jobs for 2021. Given all the changes employees have gone through in the past year, it should be no surprise that employers are looking for skilled experts who can help their workforce navigate training and develop new skills. From helping employees learn to work from home, to onboarding new workers remotely, to helping existing employees upskill or reskill, managers of  training have their hands full.

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