best human resources jobs in 2019

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where human resources jobs in canada are headed

Canada's job market is expected to remain competitive in 2019, as low unemployment rates hold steady. The shortages are particularly in intense in fields like skilled trades and IT. HR plays a crucial role in keeping businesses running smoothly by ensuring they have access to the talent they need to succeed. In 2019, expect a high demand for talented recruitment-focused HR professionals who can close the talent gap companies are experiencing. We're also seeing a trend toward more tech-driven HR roles. Integration of HR tech is now a crucial component of running a smooth and productive HR department. HR professionals who are experts in HR tech software will have a leg up in 2019 and moving forward.


the best HR careers in 2019

The list of top HR jobs remains relatively unchanged from last year, however there are two new additions: HR administrator and HR technician. Both share a dual role within HR, with HR administrators providing administrative support, and HR technicians taking an IT focus. Taking the top spot for another year is HR managers. HR managers oversee the HR function, so they play a key role in keeping HR departments on tracking and ensuring the right professionals are in place to keep the employees happy and the talent pipeline flowing.

best HR careers

  • 1. HR manager

    HR manager holds onto the top spot on the list of best HR jobs for 2019. 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 2019.

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  • 2. recruiter

    2019 is shaping up to be a candidate-driven job market. There are more job openings than there are skilled people to fill them. That's where recruiters step in! Recruiters bridge the gap between employers and job seekers, helping employers find the 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 relationship with talent have a leg up ion 2019.

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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 best HR jobs in 2019. 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, especially at small and medium-sized business 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 onto 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 2019.

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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 2019.

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  • 6. HR business partner

    HR business partner jumped up one spot from 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. HR administrator

    New on the list for 2019, HR administrator roles fall in a grey area between HR and office administration. Though the exact split of duties will vary depending on where you work, most HR administrators can expect to mix their time between generalist HR initiatives and tasks that might be assigned to an administrative assistant. Tech-savviness and specialization in particular segment of HR such as payroll are a plus for HR administrators in 2019.

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  • 8. HR technician

    HR technician is new on the list of best HR jobs for 2019, highlighting the trend toward more data-driven HR practices. HR technicians tend to specialize in the technical aspects of their HR department. This can include being expert in HR software, running background checks, or performing HR-related analyses, such as evaluating employee compensation or benefits.

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average HR salaries in 2019

The median human resources salary in 2019 is $64,250, up from $63,400 last year. While it isn't much, it's still growth! Human resources continues to be one of the better paid sectors in Canada. The bottom 10% of earners make $40,950 or less, while the top 10% of earners make $87,500 or more.    

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the best HR skills to have in 2019

The best HR skills in 2019 have shifted quite dramatically from last year. HR software dominates this year, taking up half of this year's list, including the top 3. Once a highly traditional department, in recent years HR has shifted dramatically, adopting technology to increase productivity. If you want to get ahead in HR, knowledge of HR technologies such as HRIS and ATS will be key moving forward.

best HR skills

  • 1. talent management system (TMS)

    Jumping to the top of the list of best HR skills for 2019 is talent management software. There is no single standout software as the TMS used varies by function and organization. TMS can be used to tracking things such as performance, compensation, recruiting, training and succession planning, among others. Some of the most in-demand TMS include: Taleo, SuccessFactors, and Workday. 

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  • 2. applicant tracking system (ATS)

    The top skills in HR are increasingly tech-focused, so it's no surprise to to see Applicant Tracking System (ATS) come in second. ATS are used in the recruiting process to find and filter candidates by skills or other keywords and ultimately streamline hiring.

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  • 3. human resource information system (HRIS)

    The top 3 is rounded out by another type of HR software: Human Resource Information System (better known by its acronym HRIS.) HRIS provides a backbone for HR management, storing info for key HR functions such as employee data, payroll, recruitment, benefits, and scheduling.

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  • 4. certified human resources professional (CHRP)

    Certified Human Resources Professional (known as CHRP) is the best-known designation validating knowledge of the HR function. It's also known as Chartered Professional in HR (or CPHR) in some regions, though CHRP remains the more commonly recognized term. There are two additional tiers: Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) for management-level, and Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) for executives.

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  • 5. french bilingualism

    HR teams are often situated in a single head office and communicate with employees across Canada. Being able to speak both of Canada's national languages will broaden your ability to connect with employees across the country. Written and verbal bilingualism will also increase your earning potential.

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  • 6. learning management systems (LMS)

    Learning Management Systems (LMS) are used to track employee development and corporate training programs. They allow HR to administer, track and report on the delivery of educational courses and training programs for employees. They can also integrate with HRIS systems.

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  • 7. occupational health & safety certificate

    The Occupational Health & Safety Certificate is exactly what it sounds like. It validates your knowledge of workplace safety best practices. It's offered by various colleges in Canada and is a requirement for the Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRST) certification. If you're interested in the Health and Safety sector of HR, this is a great certificate to have on your resume.

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  • 8. microsoft office

    As is the case in professional job, intermediate knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite is a good skill to have in HR. Advanced knowledge of Excel, beyond the basics, is especially useful, as Excel is commonly used for reporting and data analysis in HR. Outlook, Powerpoint and Word will also look good on your HR resume.

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