October 1, 2010

Are you a recent post secondary graduate? Check this out!

Hello to all my readers!

First, apologies for not updating my blog throughout September - I've been very busy helping some readers develop and plan their back-to-school job search strategy. And remember, if you've got any questions that I haven't covered in my blog, feel free to email me.

Anyways, today's post is all about jobs with the Government of Canada. Traditionally, Government of Canada jobs are hard to come by as interest in openings is usually very high and competition is fierce.

But last week, the Public Service Commission, the federal government responsible for federal government jobs, launched its annual Post Secondary Recruitment (PSR) campaign, a hiring spree designed to target recent post secondary graduates.

In case you aren't familiar with the program, the Post Secondary Recruitment (PSR) campaign recruits recent university and college graduates from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds into entry-level positions across Canada.

There are both department-specific jobs (e.g. Foreign Service Officer with Citizenship & Immigration) and general inventories that you can apply to. And a new thing that I've noticed this year is the introduction of specific career streams based on your education and your career goals/path.

A full listing of the federal government jobs available through the Post Secondary Recruitment campaign can be found here. Check back often as Government of Canada jobs are constantly being added to the database.

To apply, you will need to create a My Jobs profile at jobs.gc.ca. There is an online application form that has a variety of sections that you will need to complete. As well, you will need to upload a copy of your electronic resume and if possible, a generic cover letter.

And as with many federal government jobs, writing a test is part of the recruitment process. Many of the jobs will require that you write and pass three specific tests - the Graduate Recruitment Test (GRT), the Written Communication Proficiency Test (WCPT), and the Situational Judgement Test (SJT).

If you've never written the tests before, definitely take time to read about the testing process and do a few practice tests, which can be accessed by clicking the links above.

Finally, if you have any general questions about the program, check out the Post Secondary Recruitment's FAQ section.

Good luck!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips. Any advice on a good approach to answering the 'other requirements' and 'questionnaire' sections? Thanks

Andrew Hercules said...

Hi there!

Thanks for your comment.

On the application for, under the 'Other Requirements' section, there are questions about the work location, employment tenure, classification, etc. Depending on the job, try and remain as open and flexible as possible as that will increase your chance of your application being pulled by a hiring manager. Also, remember that you'll want to have a top-notch electronic resume as the PSC's recruiting tool looks for specific key words.

Hope this helps! :-)