post secondary recruitmentThe Post Secondary Recruitment has started. With four recruitment campaigns as of September 21st, 2012, Budget 2012 has definitely had an effect on this year campaign.

That being said, competition will be fiercer than it was in past years. This is due to the small number of coveted government positions available for the tens of thousands of students that graduated or will be graduating looking for a full-time government position. With applications usually upward of 50 000, this year will be no different except for the ratio of job candidates to job openings will be higher.

Even with the  recent government cuts have occurred, it is better to apply for the Post Secondary Recruitment program as priority lists will not greatly affect entry level positions. In addition, a hiring manager can decide if  he/she wants an external candidate for any given reason for future job openings.

Your first step is to prepare a cover letter and resume that will get you screened in by human resources managers. After hundreds of hours interviewing managers, human resources employees and testing my techniques with students, I have prepared various resources so that you won’t have to learn the long way.

For information on the whole Government of Canada recruitment process for Post Secondary Recruitment applicants read here. If you simply want more information on how to write an effective cover letter and resume read here.

Your second step will be to perform exceeding well on the Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE). Learn more about the exam  here.

Your third step will be to excel on the Post Secondary Recruitment exams. Most departments will require that you write at least the following three tests: the Graduate Recruitment Test (GRT)  click here for more information , Written Comprehension Proficiency Test (WCPT) and the Situational Judgement Test (SJT). Needless to say that the marks on the PSEE and the above three exams will determine the candidates that will be selected.

Finally, you will need to perform well in departmental written exams and/or interviews. For more information on the process click here.

I wish all Post Secondary Recruitment 2012 applicants all the best!

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