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How to become a human resources coordinator?

April 26, 2019

In a different article, we discussed ‘what you can do with a human resources coordinator diploma’ which outlines proper training required, career path options, similar professions, and projected salaries. In this article, we’ll be discussing the step-by-step process in becoming a human resources coordinator starting right from deciding on the field and beginning your education up to finding a job as a human resources coordinator.

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Have a Passion and Interest

Before entering any program, it’s important to have genuine interest, curiosity and passion in what you’re doing. A human resources coordinator is someone who is a part of the human resources department that helps facilitate all HR functions and programs like recruitment, employee records, employee issues, employee benefits, processing payroll and much more. Someone working as a human resources coordinator should be confident, accountable, and interested in working on a team. Before starting a human resources program, ask yourself if you’re interested in any of the following: working with people and problem solving, a rewarding yet busy career, public speaking, recruiting, training, among many attributes.

Research and Choose the Right Program for You

Human resources programs can be found all across Canada. There are many colleges and universities across Canada that offer programs at the diploma, advanced diploma, degree, and at the certificate level. The right program for you can depend on several factors like tuition costs, where you live, start dates, and the program itself. All programs will have different program requirements. Robertson College offers a Human Resources Coordinator Diploma Program both online at our Edmonton and Calgary campuses.

Complete a Human Resources Program

So, you’ve chosen a program that’s right for you. But now you’re wondering, how long does it to take to successfully complete it? The length of the program completely depends on whether you choose to pursue an online program, degree, diploma, or certificate program. The great thing about pursuing a career in human resources is that regardless of the route you take, it doesn’t have to take a long time to complete. Learn more about Robertson’s online program here.

Complete Practical Work

Regardless of where you choose to study human resources, the program will likely have a work-practicum aspect to it. For example, at Robertson, we offer a four-week practicum at the end of the Human Resources Coordinator Diploma Program. This is an incredible opportunity to work in the industry and to see if it’s right for you. Depending on which province you are in, job requirements will change, but most companies and businesses do require some sort of internship or work practicum before hiring on a HR coordinator.

Advance your training

Once you have completed your education to become a Human Resources Coordinator, you may want to explore continuing your education. Advancing your education is a great way to put yourself above others when applying for positions in the industry. While this does take time and money, Human Resource Coordinators looking for increased pay and benefits may consider a master’s degree in human resources. Classes in these programs often explore topics such as organizational development, finance, consulting, leadership development and global workforce management.

Begin your Job Search

The great thing about studying to be a human resources coordinator program is that through your work practicum you will meet and network with industry professionals. This is a great opportunity to meet people and figure out what type of business you want to work within after graduation. The program you take should be equipped with the resources and education you need to find a job after graduation. At Robertson, we offer career services to students and graduates, which includes resume and cover letter development, help with the job search, and interview preparation.

Hopefully after reading the steps above, you have a better idea if a career as a human resources coordinator is in the future for you. Robertson’s Human Resources Coordinator Diploma Program is a great option for students who want to complete their education online or attend either our Edmonton and Calgary campuses. Connect with a Student’s Admissions Advisor for more information.


Ready to Get Started?

Once you take the first step, one of our Student Admissions Advisors will get in touch to better understand your goals for the future.