Was wondering if I can have some advice on starting in HR. I got my BBA last year with an Honours in HR (Canada), and am currently working a contract Document Controller/Admin Assistant job. Trying to transfer to a job more in my field before my contract ends, and I would really appreciate some advice. Also, seems like lots of places are hesitant to offer a permanent job to a candidate who has not had permanent residency yet (me), but a permanent job offer is one of the requirements for it.

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I’d recommend finding HR Assistant roles and working your way up or in house recruiting roles that have other HR responsibilities

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Hi! Networking is key. If you have membership to the HR association in your province, you can attend their chapter events. Chapters usually have networking events. Many also offer mentorship programs to students and advertise opportunities that are available to new grads. Recruitment might be a way to get your foot in the door too. Look for Sourcer or recruitment coordinator roles. Re: the lack of PR issue, unfortunately, though employers aren’t allowed to ask about citizenship status, many still do so you may continue to face some barriers there. However, with your education and networking, I’m sure you will overcome it. All the best in your search!

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