April 14, 2011

Summer Job Spotlight ... Jobs with Elections Canada

Do you like politics?

Are you free to work all day on Election Day - May 2, 2011?

Looking to make $160 to $240 for a day's worth of work?

If you answered "yes" to all 3 questions, than consider applying for a temporary election job with Elections Canada.

During each election, Elections Canada hires hundreds of Canadians from coast to coast to run the polling stations that will decide our next government. The jobs not only provide invaluable experience but you'll also be contributing to the democratic process and earning some extra cash - it's win-win-win!

Generally speaking, to work in the upcoming election, you must be at least 16 years old (preferably 18) and you must be a Canadian citizen. Also, you must meet the following core competencies:

1. Basic literacy skills (reading, writing and comprehension)
2. Basic interpersonal skills, including the ability to exercise impartiality
3. Ability to serve voters with disabilities
4. Ability to perform repetitive tasks
5. Basic arithmetical skills
6. Basic analytical skills
7. Good attention to detail
8. Ability to adhere to directions and standards
9. Ability to learn in a short time frame

If working the upcoming election interests you, check out the different election jobs available. If you find a job that interests you, you will then need to find your electoral district as you need to reside in the electoral district you want to work in.

Once you know the job(s) you want to apply for - and what electoral district you can work in - you will need to complete the Elections Canada Job Application Form. In order to access the form, you must input your postal code so that your application is forwarded to the correct office (based on your federal riding).

Also, be sure to check out the opportunities to work as a Returning Officer or as a Field Liaison Officer - both jobs require more time, but it could well be worth it for those looking to establish a career in the public sector.

Good luck!

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