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As an HR coordinator, you can expect to update employee records, work on special projects, support senior HR professionals, assist with the recruiting process, and communicate with other departments within the organization on behalf of human resources. HR coordinator is an entry level position at most companies. However with experience you can work your way into other more senior HR roles.
HR coordinators work in a professional work environment, typically at the company head office. You will be required to use regular office equipment. Office hours are 9-5, however, some companies offer flex hours. Overtime and weekend work is not common. Travel is not part of the role. In most cases, HR coordinators report to a HR manager or other senior HR professional.
The average annual salary for an HR coordinator in Canada is about $45,000. With little or no experience, you can expect to start with a salary of about $35,000 per year. With experience and a number of years in the position, you can make up to $55,000 or more. Profit sharing, bonuses, and commission could be factored into your compensation plan. Having HR certification and previous experience can help you increase your salary.
Your responsibilities will revolve around providing administrative support for the human resources function of your organization. Common day-to-day tasks including the following:
HR coordinators are required by medium and large companies, government agencies and private organizations to assist with the human resources function of their business. Opportunities are available across Canada, and in particular, are available in large cities or areas with a large business sector, such as the Greater Toronto Area, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Montreal. With the ever-developing role of HR, some remote positions may be available. You could also work for startups and small businesses in a similar role.
As an HR coordinator, you will need to bring a variety of diverse skills to the table to meet the ever-changing needs of an HR professional. The following skills are commonly required by companies seeking HR coordinators:
Even though it is an entry level position, most companies require that you have a bachelor’s degree or college diploma in human resource management, business, or another related field. Post graduate education and professional HR certifications are an asset and will make you a strong candidate for this position and put you in a position to move up to more senior HR roles in the future. Additional in-house training and education may be provided by companies to help you with career development.
Most people work in HR coordinator or related roles for up to 10 years. At this point, they tend to move on to other roles within human resources, including human resources consultant, human resources advisor, HR specialist, and HR manager – all roles that are springboards to more senior HR roles.