Welcome to your straightforward, easy to understand guide to getting a job with the federal government.
There is no way around it - applying to federal government jobs is an absolute grind. It takes time, perseverance, and patience.
There are very explicit 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!
In 2019 I was living in New Zealand but decided I wanted to come back to Canada and work for the federal government. That next year I applied to dozens upon dozens of Government of Canada jobs. Over time I developed a way of systematically getting through the various stages of the hiring process. This resulted in me being successful in the overwhelming majority of competitions I applied to!
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.
6 videos that walk you through the major steps in the hiring process:
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 for.
The first step in the application process are the screening questions, which can be very time consuming to complete. I'll show you how to formulate your responses and how to create a system that will help you apply for multiple jobs fast.
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.
Federal government interviews are not your typical interview, they are extremely structured and impersonal. They are, however, usually easier to prepare for because you will know in advance what you will 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.
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.
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.
A couple of reasons:
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!
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. I made the course to share with others what has worked for me and demystify parts of the process.
The course includes five videos that break down and provide advice for the major steps in the hiring process:
You will get access to three templates that will be useful tools for steps 2, 3, and 4.
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.
I’d love to help! I offer one hour 1 on 1 consultation calls for $100, feel free to book a time in my calendar through the link here.