This year’s Post Secondary Recruitment Campaign will run from October 28, 2020 to November 18, 2020. 

It is that time again… October. The Government of Canada’s Post Secondary Recruitment (PSR) Campaign is now open. During the next few weeks, thousands of Canadian students from across the nation and abroad will compete for the final prize – an indeterminate full-time position in the Government of Canada. Only a select few will be chosen for these coveted jobs. If you are not chosen for a position, you will have to compete during the year in job competitions that are open to the public or wait another long year for the next PSR campaign to be held. During that year, colleagues who prepared for the exams will be starting their new positions. A solid knowledge of preparing your resume for the federal Government, studying for the Government exams, and practicing for federal Government interviews is imperative to succeed.

What’s new this year?

As expected, this year, the Coronavirus has placed a large toll on hiring practices in the Government of Canada. Both internal and external job processes are being delayed due to social distancing measures that play a crucial role in the process and having HR personnel in government offices. Restrictions due to the pandemic and the effects of the pandemic on Canada will play a large role in the screening and hiring process. This is particularly the case in the Supervised Public Service Entrance Exam, which is a crucial component of the testing process.

In addition to the above, the present Canadian debt may also play a role in departments’ participation and the number of positions offered in this year’s campaign.

Given social protests that have taken place in Canada and globally since May 2020, it is strongly recommended that racialized Canadians and Indigenous Peoples consider self-identifying when applying to inventories.

Similar to last year, the Public Service Commission (PSC) will require job candidates to write an unsupervised Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE). They may also be asked to write a variant of a supervised PSEE. The Situational Judgement Test and the Graduate Recruitment Test continue to be excluded from the initial stages of testing; however, as noted last year, some departments may request that these exams and the Written Comprehension Proficiency Test be written during their additional screening processes at a later date. Therefore, we have kept them in our preparation package.

This year, there are only three inventories (as compared to six last year and several department-run processes). This means that competition will be fierce for a limited number of positions.

Inventories

Inventories are sector-based and designed to recruit candidates with certain specializations, skill sets, and/or experience. The streams are chosen based on the present needs in demand in the Government of Canada. Once the pools are established, departments are invited to draw from these pools of pre-screened candidates. Hiring managers throughout the federal public service and across the country have year-round access to these sources of talent to meet their hiring needs. They can quickly and easily connect with talented candidates in the inventories.

Applicants are invited to apply to specific job positions through their account at jobs.gc.ca.

The three inventories chosen for this year are:
Procurement, Project Management, and Real Property
Access to Information and Privacy
Administrative Services

Procurement, Project Management, and Real Property

Examples of occupational groups which may be staffed (but not limited to) from this inventory are PG

Applicants applying to this stream will be working to support the delivery and management of programs and projects in the Government of Canada.

Positions will most likely include some of the following tasks:

Procurement & Contracting

  • Contribute to new strategies to maximize efficiencies and processes in
    procurement.
  • Organize, implement, and provide support and advice for the
    procurement of goods and services,
  • Create, review and issue a variety of documents required for the
    solicitation and administration of contracts for professional services or
    goods,
  • Prepare, analyze and maintain data and procurement reports and risk
    assessments,
  • Participate in negotiations and provide clients and senior management
    with advice and guidance on contracts and applications.

Project Management

  • Planning, organizing, directing, controlling and evaluating projects from start to finish according to schedule, requirements and budget;
  • Preparing and submitting project budget estimates;
  • Planning and preparing schedules and milestones, monitoring and communicating progress;
  • If procurement is required within the project, preparing contracts, evaluating and escalating for approval changes and additions to contractual agreements.

Real Property

  • Management of assets;
  • Acquisition and disposal transactions;
  • Project delivery;
  • Governance and reporting;
  • Client consultation and liaison;
  • Contract management;
  • Financial management and analysis;

Materiel Management

  • Managing the lifecycle of the Crown’s movable assets, goods and services;
  • Assessing and planning materiel requirements and activities;
  • Providing strategic analysis and advice on materiel management policies, legislation, regulation and practices;
  • Disposing of surplus assets;
  • Maintaining records, inventory levels, and equipment is in good working order

Graduates in areas such as accounting and finance, arts, project management, commerce, social sciences and humanities, business and administration, communications and languages, law and protection services, library services, and research and analysis should consider applying to this stream. 

Access to Information and Privacy

PMs will be the occupational group staffed from this inventory.

Applicants applying to this stream will be responsible for assessing important records prior to disclosure and for safeguarding personal information from disclosure

Positions will most likely include some of the following tasks:

  • play a central role in fulfilling the responsibilities of the organization under the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act;
  • analyze records, provide advice and guidance to the various groups in the organization who will be providing relevant records in response to ATIP requests;
  • conduct consultations within the department and with other government institutions and third parties, as required;
  • provide current information on the laws and obligations prescribed by them and, in general, participate in activities related to compliance with the requirements of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

Graduates with a degree in Law, Public Administration, Business Administration, Social Science or Information Management should consider applying to this stream.

Administrative Services

This will most likely be another popular stream as it is usually not a separate category in the PSR campaign.

Examples of occupational groups which may be staffed (but not limited to) from this inventory are: AS and PM.

Positions will likely include some of the following tasks:

  • Managing and distributing information within an office
  • Handling financial transactions for the office
  • Coordinating meetings
  • Sending, receiving or drafting correspondence
  • Greeting clients
  • Acting as the point of contact for employees
  • Organizing events
  • Coordinating travel arrangements
  • Coordinating different projects and activities
  • Researching and analyzing information

Graduates in areas such as Business administration, Business administration – finance, Business administration – human resources, Office administration, Accounting and management, Office Management, Secretarial Studies, Paralegal, Legal assistance, Secretarial – medical field, Communication and media studies and Hospitality and tourism management should consider applying to this stream.

Note the Insider’s Guide Platinum Package does not contain preparation exams for the Unsupervised Internet Test of Cognitive Ability or the General Competency Test Level 2.

How will applicants be tested this year?   

In the past, the structure of PSR campaigns have been very clear; however, the impacts of the pandemic will play a large factor in the structure of this year’s campaign.

 1) On-line testing (unsupervised) – Public Service Entrance Exam (For the Procurement,
     Project Management and Real Property Inventory)

  • The unsupervised Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE UIT 370) is divided into two sub-tests: the Test of Reasoning and the Test of Judgement. All applicants are required to take the Test of Reasoning (sub-test 1), the Test of Judgement (sub-test 2) is required only if additional information is needed to complete the assessment.
  • The PSEE can be written in an unsupervised environment anywhere the applicant has access to a computer and an Internet connection.
  • An applicant is permitted to write the PSEE once. Your score will be applied to all PSR jobs to which you apply this year. You will only be invited to attend an in-person testing session if you pass the on-line PSEE.
  • Applicants will not be informed of their exact scores.
  • An invitation to write the PSEE will most likely be sent between Late November to mid-December. Not all positions may require this test.
  • Note: If you pass the online PSEE, you may be invited to attend the Supervised Public Service Entrance Exam

2) The Supervised Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE)

  • The Supervised PSEE (PSEE 371) will be administered after the candidate has successfully succeeded in the unsupervised PSEE.
  • The PSEE 371 is a supervised test consisting of two separately timed sub-tests: Sub-Test 1: Test of Reasoning assesses reasoning and problem-solving ability and consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. There are four types of questions:
  • Arithmetic reasoning:
  • Logical reasoning;
  • Analytical reasoning; and
  • Number or letter series.

You will have 90 minutes to complete this sub-test.

  • Sub-Test 2: Test of Judgement assesses the judgement required for solving problems in work-related situations and consists of 40 multiple-choice questions.

You will have 60 minutes to complete this sub-test. Total test time is approximately 3 hours, including 30 minutes of administration time.

In the past, this exam has only been administered in person. It is not clear if this will be the case for this PSR campaign. It is also not clear how candidates who live outside of Canada will be tested after the initial online test, given the unique individual nature of Canadian Embassies during the pandemic.

What resources does IG provide?

Our team provides a suite of services that will assist you to prepare for this year’s campaign:

NOTE: All test materials have been revised and updated for the 2020 Post Secondary Recruitment Campaign and include practice materials for both the Test of Reasoning and the Test of Judgement.

  1. The IG Platinum Guide, for more information, click here
  2. The IG PSSE Study Guide, for more information, click here
  3. The IG Resume and Cover Letter Guide, for more information, click here

Important dates to remember

October 28, 2020

  • Post Secondary Recruitment opens.
  • Applicants have a little less over three weeks to apply.

November 18, 2020

  • Last day for applicants to submit applications for most job opportunities.

Late November to December 2020

  • An Email invitation is sent to applicants with instructions to write the Unsupervised PSEE.

January 2021 and onward

  • If the Candidate passes the unsupervised PSEE they may be required to take additional exams or referred to a department for a job position or for further testing.

Source: Government of Canada PSR information page