Filling out an example application

In this module, we learn what is involved in the initial application. 

Key takeaways and extra info

Answering questions

Please be VERY aware that the online system can time out and you will lose all your answers if you have not saved them. Work offline and copy and paste when you are ready. 

Repeat this formula for every single screening question:

  • What your job was (title and location);
  • When you did it (gives an indication of duration); and,
  • What you did + what that means. Talk about the actual tasks you did and the skills you used, not the context. 

For example: I have experience in researching, analyzing, and synthesizing information. I gained this experience by...

Use keywords in your answers (see links below). 

Copy and paste the exact wording from the job postings when describing what requirement you are meeting. 

Formal job experience is best, but academic and volunteer experience can also be used. 

Cover letter

If you are asked for a cover letter, don’t worry about long it will end up being. Make sure you use the same formula as with the screening questions and address every requirement/criteria listed in the job posting. 

Answer bank

Create a bank of answers that you can quickly modify, and then copy and paste into each new application. 

Links to check out

Find keywords associated with requirements: Competency dictionary and Evaluation standards

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Hello, bonjour and welcome back. This is going to be a really quick video of me going through the process of filling out an online application from start to finish. So let's jump into it. 

I've decided I want to apply to this policy analyst position. Once you click apply, it will show up on your dashboard and you'll find it here.

So you're going to have to fill out all of these sections here and let's go through them one by one. First things first is also make sure that you have your screening questions document open so that you can copy and paste quickly when we get to that section. 

So the first section is your resume. And this is where you're going to be copy and pasting your unformatted version of your resume. If this is your first time saving it onto the government of Canada system, then you're going to click save resume to application and profile because later that means that you can just like this load resume from profile, and it'll all be there for you. So you'll see that the resume is now ticked, so that's done. 

Now we move on to our screening questions and remember this is probably the most challenging or hard part of the process. So a few things to highlight here, first is on the essential requirements, you have to check yes to every single one of these in order to make sure that you are screened in.

So if we look at this requirement and this is for, experience preparing briefing material for management, such as correspondence, briefing notes, presentation, or analysis reports. So I'm going to check, yes. And I'm going to overt to my screening questions and look under my section for reading briefing notes. 

So honestly, I just copy and paste. I'm going to make sure that I'm using the exact wording in the question. So that means copy it. And then writing directly, I have experience in - paste. And then, and I have my example right underneath. 

So as I've mentioned before, you have to make sure that you answer ye to all of the screening questions that relate to these essential qualifications. These four headings and you'll see them corresponding in the questions, but when we get to the graduate with a master's degree, you'll try to you look on the job posting and you'll see that that's under the, may be needed for a job. So this is the optional stuff that will make your application look great, but are not necessary.

So that means if you don't have a master's degree. Totally fine. You can still apply to this job and be screened in. So these are the questions that you can safely say no to, but just make sure that you're cross-checking between the job posting and the screening questions to make sure that you're not responding no to any of those essential qualifications. 

While we're on the screening questions, I just want to show you a couple of other examples quickly. So for this one, you'll see that in some of the screening questions, there are things like significance or complex, and you need to make sure that you're being really careful about reading and mirroring the language of those definitions. 

The second example I want to show you is a job posting that's asking for your covering letter. So if we go over and we're looking for the compliance officer one. So instead of the screening questions, it'll be your covering letter. And as you can see here, you're just going to copy and paste that document that you had written in word previously. 

So next on the list, we have work location, obviously here there's only one. So we're going to click it. We're going to save it. 

Then we have employment, tenure. I would recommend just taking all of them. Cause you never know. 

Then we have classification and there's only one. So we're ticking that. 

Then we have education, and this is something that you're going to be saving on your profile so it'll be the same every single time. 

Next, we move on to the language requirements. This is where you're going to want to double check with the job posting to see what they're asking for. And in this one, it says English essential. So as long as you can do an interview in English, then you're good to go. You can apply to this job without speaking French. 

So once we click into the languages tab, you'll see that you're being asked to describe what proficiency you think. If you say beginner, it means you can achieve an A level, if you're tested. If you say intermediate, you can achieve a B. And if you say you're advanced, that means you can achieve a C.

So once you have all green check marks, it means you're ready to go, and you can submit your application. 

At this stage, you should be able to understand the job postings and be able to craft the perfect initial application. In the next module, we're going to go over what happens when you're screening - the written test. 

Please let me know if you have any other questions and I'll see you in the next one.

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