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about HR consultant jobs

Human resources is made up of many different positions and roles. As an HR consultant, you will help provide maximum value to your employer through its human resources function. If you have strong interpersonal and communications skills, this may be a great career path with lots of opportunity for growth and advancement.

what HR consultant jobs entail

HR consultants work in an office setting. A lot of your daily tasks involve collaboration and meeting with other HR business partners. You can expect to work normal office hours. In most cases, you will report to a senior business partner or HR manager. Some travel may be required to visit company branches or clients.

average HR consultant salaries

The average annual salary for an HR consultant working in Canada is just under $70,000 per year. At the low end of the salary range, you could make as low as $50,000 to start. On the high end, you can make just over $100,000 annually. Strong experience in human resources and experience with project management can increase your earning potential. Depending on the job, performance bonuses may also be included in your compensation package.

your day to day tasks

As an HR consultant, you dtermine the best way to use human resources and maximize human capital. You need detailed knowledge of HR management and provide support in many areas. Some of the daily tasks may include:

  • leading HR programs
  • advising HR professionals
  • consulting with employees
  • assisting with recruiting
  • shaping corporate culture
  • shaping company policies
  • reviewing internal process and improving them

where you can work

All companies require human resources assistance, and all large Canadian companies have an HR department. Many smaller companies outsource human resources tasks to third party HR companies. Therefore, HR consultant jobs are found in all industries, internally within corporations, or externally through agencies. HR consultant jobs are found in cities across Canada. Most opportunities are found in large cities with a strong business presence such as Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, and other large cities.

what you bring to the table

Successful HR consultants have a breadth of skills including:

  • experience with HR management tools
  • able to manage projects effectively
  • knowledge of benefits and compensation law
  • interpersonal skills
  • ability to work with payroll, database and record keeping software
  • experience with employee and labour relations
  • familiarity with employment and labour law
  • recruiting experience

training and certifications

The vast majority of hiring companies require you have an educational background in human resources. Most prefer a bachelor’s degree in HR or related areas of study such as business administration. A college diploma in human resources may also be acceptable. Experience is an asset. Certification, while not required in most cases, can help you gain a competitive advantage over other job candidates.

where your career is headed

Working as a human resources consultant opens the door to a variety of future career opportunities. Many HR consultants move on to work as HR managers, HR business partners, regional human resource managers, employee relations managers, and other related positions. Some HR consultants also go out on their own and open HR consulting firms or freelance as an HR consultant. With HR continuing to change, there are many traditional and new career opportunities within human resources to consider.

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