Human Resources Assistants aid in meeting the personnel needs of businesses and industries in the public and private sector throughout Canada. Always in demand, Human Resources Assistants face a bright career future.

The Job

Work realities:
Human Resources Assistants work in offices, often under the supervision of a Personnel or Human Resources Manager. While many of their duties revolve around recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new employees, Human Resources workers assist in training, evaluating, and providing pay and benefit information to new or current workers.

To attract and determine suitable candidates for job openings, Human Resources Assistants post or advertise job openings, interview potential hires, administer tests, check references, and assist in ranking candidates. They also assist in benefit administration, training, publicizing company polices, and recordkeeping.

Future possibilities:
Human Resources Assistants can rise to supervisory or management positions where they have more authority in making final hiring decisions.


Human Resources Assistants help shape the future of their companies through the new hires they help bring into the organization. Not only must they be good listeners, they also must be adept at picking up non-verbal clues from prospective candidates to determine a good hire.

Required Skills and Training

Human Resources Assistants need a high school diploma for most jobs, but college coursework or a university degree is an asset.

While some positions are open to entry-level workers, many positions with more substantial responsibilities require one or more years of experience in the field.

Skills and Certifications:
Human Resources Assistants must have good verbal and written communications skills, listening skills, problem solving, mediations, and negotiation skills. Good research and computer skills are also necessary. French and English fluency is a plus in many jobs.


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