This is my guide to succeeding in Canadian Federal Government Competitions, part of a series of guides to government that I have planned. I have developed multiple versions of the guide over the last 18 years and I still consider it to be a work in progress.
Initially, I just had a PDF version (version 0.4) which is the version I used for presentations over the years. Version 0.5 was the first prose version on my site and only included a subset of the full list of topics. Version 0.6 followed with slight updates of some sections, as did version 0.7. Later, I updated in 2014 and 2017. I started some updates in 2020 but never finalized them. I’m leaving the older versions as linked compilations, but the latest version is below.
In the meantime, if you want the latest Powerpoint deck, you can click on the file name below to see a pop-up PDF version in your browser or click on the Download button to save a copy to your device.
Updated 2023 Version
II: Understanding the HR Context
Understanding yourself — Why do YOU want to work for the government?
Updated 2023 Beta Versions
2017 Prose Version
Welcome Welcome — this page explaining the version that follows Introduction — The five principles that underpin my approach to competing in “selection processes” aka competitions
Early preparations Know yourself — Why do YOU want to work for the government?
- Types of jobs — Which type of job is right for YOU?
- The Process
- Overview of the process — All the elements of a selection process from start to finish and why you should care about each stage
- Find jobs — How you find out about jobs in government and where they are posted
- Applications — How to fill out your application so you don’t get screened out
- Written exams — How to prepare and PASS the test so you can move on to the interview
- Interviews — How to prepare for a GOVERNMENT interview, not a private-sector interview
- References — How to choose the right reference and help THEM prepare to help YOU
- Other elements