Human Resources Specialists & Managers
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Human resources professionals develop, implement and evaluate human resources and labour relations policies, programs and procedures and advise employers and employees on human resources matters. Human resources professionals are employed throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed. (National Occupational Classification)
Human resources managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of human resources and personnel departments, and develop and implement policies, programs and procedures regarding human resource planning, recruitment, collective bargaining, training and development, occupation classification and pay and benefit administration. They represent management and participate actively on various joint committees to maintain ongoing relations between management and employees. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- Sokanu - occupational information and videos
- A Day in the Life of a Human Resources Manager - The Princeton Review
- A Day in the Life of a Training Specialist - The Princeton Review
- Careers in Human Resources - HR Path
- UM Career Mentor profile - University of Manitoba alumna, Human Resources
U of M Academic Calendar
The Academic Calendar & Catalogue outlines program admission and course requirements. Use the left menu to navigate to a specific faculty and program. To determine which degree path suits your unique occupational goals, speak with a Career Consultant. For support with course registration and academic issues, speak with an Academic Advisor.
Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Human Resources Major - Asper School of Business, Faculty of Management
- Department of Labour Studies - Faculty of Arts
- Extended Education
Exploring Other Education Options
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials - information for foreign-trained human resources professionals
Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- CPHR National Salary Surveys (refer to the National and Manitoba reports)
- I want to be an HR professional. What will my salary be? - from the Globe and Mail
- CRA pay rate for Human Resources group - from the Government of Canada
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR)
- Manitoba branch
- CPHR Path - 5 pathways to becoming a CPHR
- Manitoba Employment Equity Professionals Association
- Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
- Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector
- World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA)
- Business Consultants, incl. Human Resources - Gov. of Canada Directory of Companies
- Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services (ACSESS)
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