Official Post Of Getting A Job With The Government
We all know that getting a permanent job with the government means smooth sailing and minimal work for easy money!
Now I want to start an "official" thread on techniques and methods on how to land the best government job. I will update it and make sure that the main post has all the tips n tricks on landing that nice government job.
Here are some questions to discuss:
1. What are some good websites for finding that government job?
http://www.resumecourier.ca/EmploymentD ... Ottawa.asp
http://canadaonline.about.com/od/govern ... ncorps.htm
.... ANY MORE WEBSITES THAT CAN BE ADDED WOULD BE GREATELY APPRECIATE (PM or post them plz)
2. What is the best methods or mediums to go through to get good jobs?
- SO far no CONCRETE answers. People have landed jobs through CO-OP, FESWEP, jobs.gc.ca, friends/family, and hiring agencies. So your best bet is to try all of these!
3. What government industry is currently hiring the most? - Still unanswered. Maybe it should be rephrased (DONE)
4. What industry currently has the best value (growth and salary wise)?
- I'd really love to know!
5. Security clearance, whats that all about?
There are 3 different levels, Enhanced Reliability, Secret and Top Secret. Generally speaking all government employees have a minimum Enhanced Reliability which is generally a financial and criminal check. Secret/Top Secret can involve interviews with friends/neighbors/family members, finger prints taken, often it takes many, many months to be cleared.
Below is a link for security clearance.
6. What does that french stuff mean? CCC/BBB?
The letters following "Bilingual Imperative" or "Bilingual Non-Imperative" on a notice represent the level of language skills required in each official language, as a second language. The first three letters represent the level of English language qualifications while the second three represent those for French. The first letter in each group refers to Reading, the second to Writing, and the third to Oral Interaction.
Letters C, B, A indicate a skill level as follows:
C - Superior
B - Intermediate
A - Minimum(-) No requirement
7. What kind of vacation/sick days do government employees get?
1-8 years = 3 weeks of vacation + 3 weeks of sick leave.
9-17 years = 4 weeks of vacation + 4 weeks of sick leave.
18-30 years (I think) = 5 weeks of vacation = 5 weeks of sick leave.
This does not include 2 days of personal leave, 5 days of family obligation leave, and every type of leave that is available.
Here are some tips that are insightful and always good to know (thanks Canabiz)
- Make sure you read the job description/statement of qualifications from top to bottom, leave no stone unturned. If they are looking for particular skills and if you possess those skills, make sure those keywords are in the resume, it's a no-brainer but worth repeating. HR will scan for those keywords and that could really make it or break it
- Make sure you highlight the *little things* that more often than not apply to government positions, again provided they are applicable of course: bilingualism, security clearance, previous government experience, visible minorities/women/aboriginals etc
- put your cell phone on the resume, if applicable. You don't want to miss that all important first phone call. As you know, there is always more people applying than jobs available when it comes to the government, you certainly don't want to miss any opportunities
- there is a lot of behavioural questions during my interviews, what would you do in this situation and in that scenario, make sure you Google/brush up on those so that you don't panic during interviews
- when it comes times for testings/evaluations, time is a premium (same with other places I reckon), if you don't get a question, skip to the next one and come back to the one you have trouble with later. Remember there's no penalty for guessing, answer all questions to the best of your knowledge. Practice and go over those sample questions that they provide again and again.
Lets make this as detailed and lively as possible to get the maximum amount of info. I know most of the RFDERS here are good at getting inside scoops and all information will be of great help! I am located in Ottawa so I am assuming that most of the government jobs will be here in Ottawa but feel free to add your input even if your somewhere else!