How to land a job with the Government of Canada

Welcome to your straightforward, easy to understand guide to getting a job with the federal government.

Applying for Government Jobs

There is no way around it - applying to federal government jobs is an absolute grind. It takes time, perseverance, and patience. 

There are very specific rules and processes that govern the application and hiring process to make it as impartial as possible. Thankfully, once you understand the process you can tailor your approach to make sure you are fulfilling all the requirements and increase your odds of success. That’s where I come in!

Learn to Get Through the Federal Government Hiring Process

This guide will help you understand what happens at each stage of the hiring process and provides honest advice from the applicant’s perspective. I also share my techniques to “tick all boxes” in the process to ensure your application moves forward to the next step. 

Here is what you will get

6 videos that walk you through the major steps in the hiring process:

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Reading the job posting

There are a lot of acronyms and jargon in Government of Canada job postings that can be hard to decipher. I'll teach you how to analyze a job posting so that you can understand exactly what is being asked.

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Preparing your application

The first step in the application process is completing screening questions, which can be very time consuming. I'll show you how to formulate your responses and how to create a system that will help you apply for lots of jobs faster.

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Written exercise

In my opinion, this is the most challenging part of the application process. I'll show you the key elements that should be included in a high quality written exercise and how an exercise can be structured.

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Federal government interviews are not your typical interview, they are extremely structured. They are, however, usually easier to prepare for because you will know in advance what you could be asked about. I'll teach you how to prepare for the interview and how to structure you answers to get as many "points" as possible.

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Final steps

Depending on the type of competition, there are a few different things that can take place once you have successfully passed the interview stage. I'll go through the different scenarios and outline what to expect from situations like reference checks and receiving a letter of offer.

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Plus additional resources

3 templates that will be useful tools for allowing you to efficiently apply for jobs, nail your written tests and present your best self during an interview. 

How much does cost?

Pay once and have access forever. course

Self-guided online course on how to land a job with the government of Canada

6 online videos
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Free access to any future modules
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you know about applying to public sector jobs?

A couple of reasons:

  • I have a Master’s in Public Administration, and during the program we received extensive training on how to apply to and land public sector jobs.
  • I have over 5 years of experience working in the public sector in both Canada and New Zealand in a wide variety of roles.

What levels and classifications of federal jobs did you apply to?

My background is in policy analysis and advice, so I have applied to and been successful in competitions in the EC and PM streams, at levels 2 through 5.

While most of my advice will be specific to EC and PM competitions, there are still some general takeaways that can be applied to all streams!

Why did you make this course?

The Government of Canada hiring process is complicated and time-consuming. When I first started applying to jobs, I scoured the internet looking for support and didn’t find much that was easy to understand. I made the course to share with others what has worked for me and demystify parts of the process.

What is included in the course?

The course includes five videos that break down and provide advice for the major steps in the hiring process:

  1. Reading the job posting
  2. Preparing your application
  3. Written exercise
  4. Interview
  5. Final steps

You will get access to three templates that will be useful tools for steps 2, 3, and 4.

Will you be sharing written test and interview questions you have received in the past?

Sadly no! I am legally unable to share those specific details (candidates must agree to this confidentiality as part of the process), but I am able to provide an overview of what to expect.