Human Resource Management Concentration

Goodman School of Business

Human Resource Management Concentration

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In this guide:
Career Options
Professional Designations
Clubs & Associations
How Goodman Career can help
Important Competencies

A concentration in human resource management provides you with the most effective methods of managing people. There are many aspects including labour relations, compensation, implementing organizational change, assisting in employee motivation, managing diversity, and integrating technology with people needs.

Nature of work & types of jobs

  • Benefits & Compensation Coordinator
  • Employment Diversity Officer
  • Human Resource Development Coordinator
  • Labour Relations Officer

Positions of Recent Grads:

  • HR Administrator
  • HR Coordinator
  • Recruiter
  • Recruitment Assistant
  • HR Advisor
  • Program & Workforce Manager
  • Health & Safety Officer
  • HR Generalist
  • Organizational Development Analyst

Career Options
The following are examples of career paths in the HR field:

Human Resource (HR) departments act to effectively organize people in a way that best meets the strategic direction of the business. Some of the main functions the department is responsible for are employee relations, health and safety, pay systems, evaluating employee performance and developing hiring methods.

HR Consultants are contractors hired to provide advice. They work in one or more areas such as compensation and salary surveys, benefit administration and design, employee relations, training, and performance management.

Labour Relations involves managing union and management relations. You may work for the union or management side of things. Your role may include doing research in preparation for arbitration, union/management negotiations, or mediating disputes.

Management - Basic HR skills and the ability to manage people and teams are essential in all management roles. Individuals with a background in HRM may also enter fields that involve helping people organize and solve problems together.

HR Specialists manage a specific human resources function within a company such as hiring or training new employees, managing compensation and benefits, resolving employee concerns and disputes, or improving company policies. Due to the development of new human resources management concepts, growing importance of manpower training and changes to legislation and work organization methods, the number of HR specialists has increased and continues to grow.

Professional Designations
The Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) is the highest and most well recognized certification level of human resources in Canada. Organizations look for individuals who are knowledgeable and skilled in managing employment relationships in order to be competitive.

Clubs & Associations
Both work and volunteer experience can help you gain the necessary skills to get a job in the human resources field. Participating in competitions and getting involved in a student or professional association are excellent ways to build your HR network and gain relevant experience. The Organizational Behaviour Case Competition (OBCC) and Excalibur will both allow you to apply HR theory to a real world situation and present it in front of a panel of judges.

Recommended Clubs on Campus:

Associations, Volunteer Organizations, and Other Resources:

How Goodman Career Can Help
The Goodman Career Development Office provides various services and hosts different events to help prepare students for the job search process. Check out our workshops or book an appointment with our office.

You are also encouraged to attend the following events, hosted by Goodman Career:

  1. How To Get A Job In HR – meet alumni and industry professionals
  2. Networking Breakfast – Meeting employers from different companies and find out about job opportunities

Did You Know…
The Goodman Career Development Office hires a volunteer HR Assistant to assist with HR activities in our office. The position is posted in February each year on CareerZone.

Important Competencies

  • Negotiation Skills
  • Coaching & Counseling Skills
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership
  • Dual Focus-Needs of Employee/Management
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Dedication to Continuous Improvement
  • Job & Performance Analysis
  • Conduct Organizational Audits
  • Work Effectively in Teams
  • Perform HRM & Labour Relations Functions