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Personnel and Recruitment Officers  (NOC 1223)
Halifax Region
Description |  Titles |  Duties |   Related Occupations

Personnel and recruitment officers identify and advertise job vacancies, recruit candidates, and assist in the selection and reassignment of employees. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.

human resources officer, personnel officer, personnel selection officer – military, recruitment specialist, staffing analyst, staffing co-ordinator.

Personnel and recruitment officers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Identify current and prospective staffing requirements, prepare and post notices and advertisements, and collect and screen applications
  • Advise job applicants on employment requirements and on terms and conditions of employment
  • Review candidate inventories and contact potential applicants to arrange interviews and arrange transfers, redeployment and placement of personnel
  • Recruit graduates of colleges, universities and other educational institutions
  • Co-ordinate and participate in selection and examination boards to evaluate candidates
  • Notify applicants of results of selection process and prepare job offers
  • Advise managers and employees on staffing policies and procedures
  • Organize and administer staff consultation and grievance procedures
  • Negotiate settlements of appeals and disputes and co-ordinate termination of employment process
  • Determine eligibility to entitlements, arrange staff training and provide information or services such as employee assistance, counselling and recognition programs
  • May supervise personnel clerks performing filing and record-keeping duties.
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices

Halifax, Dartmouth, Brookside, Goodwood, Hammonds Plains Road, Hatchet Lake, Lake Echo, Uplands Park

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Outlook & Prospects for Personnel and Recruitment Officers in Halifax Region

The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.

Local Employment Potential Information

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Table on the employment potential for Personnel and Recruitment Officers in Halifax Region as well as in the rest of the Nova Scotia.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Halifax Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2011-05-11

Currently the chances of qualified Personnel and Recruitment Officers finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area. There has been a focus on all human resource related activity in recent years which is expected to continue. While the area has a large government presence, a high number of national, regional, and local firms, and the occupation is found across all industries, the duties are narrower than those of NOC 1121 (Human Resource Specialists), and this is a smaller group. Workers in this occupation may be in competition with those who can perform the duties of Human Resource Specialists, as well as with other qualified post-secondary graduates looking for positions in this field.

Some companies may often use agencies to do their recruiting rather than hire their own personnel. Recruiters with these agencies often work with a sales focus (head-hunters). Persons in this occupation can sometimes progress to the more senior and broader role of Human Resource Specialists (NOC 1121).

In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Personnel and Recruitment Officers in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.

Additional information on Personnel and Recruitment Officers (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.

Local Labour Market News

Week of May 19 - May 23, 2014
  • Nine commissionaire positions will be eliminated at Her Majesty's Canadian Dockyard in Halifax in June, due to budget cuts
Week of Nov 04 - Nov 08, 2013
  • Provincial government departments and two industry groups will organize a job fair in November to target workers from Blackberry, Convergys, and Xerox who lost their jobs in the information technology and customer support sectors in recent weeks. Almost 40 companies have signed up for the event.
Week of Oct 28 - Nov 01, 2013
  • Blue Ocean, a Halifax-based outsourcing call centre, is seeking to fill 50 positions and may add another 50 in February.
  • Xerox Corp. in Dartmouth has layed off 48 of 135 sales representatives at its call centre in Dartmouth. While it is the third major call centre layoff in the area in a month, the provincial call centre association says the sector is still strong in Nova Scotia, and other members are looking to hire affected workers.
Week of Oct 21 - Oct 25, 2013
  • Convergys will close its Dartmouth call centre by December 31, 2013, affecting 130 jobs. The company says some employees may be able to apply to other Convergys operations in New Glasgow or the United States, or to work from home. The decision to close was based on the expiration of the lease, and a client¿s desire to move the work elsewhere.
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