The PEI Public Service Commission assists with the hiring for provincial government departments including Health PEI.
Janet Horne, Staffing Consultant with the PEI Public Service Commission, spoke with The Employment Journey on PEI and provided some helpful suggestions for applying for healthcare jobs.
When looking to apply for jobs, check the PEI Public Service Commission website and apply online to a job posting. Directions on how to apply to posted jobs are located at www.gov.pe.ca/jobs. You may also apply in person or by fax to 902-368-4383.
If you are interested in applying for casual employment, which may not be posted on the website, drop off your application to the Public Service Commission at 105 Rochford Street, or at Access PEI centres across the province.
“For many, working as a casual employee helps them get started in their career,” says Janet. “Working as a casual allows the employee to apply for internal job competitions.”
Some areas of employment include:
- Medical Laboratory Technicians
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Occupational Therapists
- Nursing (including Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Resident Care Workers)
- Service Workers (including environmental, laundry, dietary)
- Maintenance Workers (Carpenters, Power Engineers, Plumbers, Electricians)
- Addiction Workers
- Administrative Support
- Clerical Support
“There is a need for everything from cooks, to service workers, RCWs to LPNs. It’s a constant intake. We often interview for these positions on a monthly or bimonthly basis.”
Careers in demand
“Some healthcare professionals that are in high demand include Physiotherapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Nursing, and Radiation Therapists, just to name a few. Presently, there is also a need to hire medical secretaries who can work in various areas of healthcare. Bilingual positions are also challenging to fill.
“We interview many new graduates of various programs including RNs, LPNs, RCWs, and Medical Secretaries, and have a great success rate in these areas. Job interviews are most often done in spring or when they have completed their program.”
Interview tips and suggestions
- Be ready to describe your strengths. It is a way for us to get to know you.
- Think about what you bring to the job and what skills you could offer. Make a list of your skills and refer to them during the interview.
- Update your resumé. Bring your resumé and references with you to the interview.
- Sell yourself by being knowledgeable and enthusiastic about your interest in working in this field.
- Research the position you are applying for and know the duties and the scope of practice.
- Describe your transferable skills such as being a team player, confident, and reliable.
“How well you prepare and perform in your interview will assist the interview board to determine if you are the right person for the position you are applying for,” says Janet.
“We ask situational questions as a way to find out how you will react to situations you may have to deal with on the job. For example, if you are applying for a service worker position, you may be asked what you would do in a difficult situation.
“There might be 20 people applying for the same position. The hiring committee is looking for the person who best meets the requirements of the position, the person who is the best fit, and who is able to prove they have the knowledge of the role he or she is applying for.
“It is a formal style interview with two or three board members performing the interview and taking notes. We follow a formal rating guide and we check off requirements such as education and experience and capture your responses to the questions.
“We understand that you are nervous, so our best advice is to be yourself and be prepared.”
- References are part of the selection process.
- Contact your references to ensure they are prepared to speak about you.
- Be prepared to provide names and contact information of immediate supervisors in your previous positions.
“Make sure you provide good references from former employers,” says Janet. “Let your present manager or employer know you are applying for a position.”
For more details on how to apply, visit www.gov.pe.ca/jobspei/index.php?number=1051145&lang=E.
For more information about the PEI Public Service Commission, call 902-368-4080. They can assist and direct you to the appropriate staffing consultant.
To explore healthcare careers on PEI, check the PEI Healthcare Career Booklet at www.princeedwardisland.ca/sites/default/files/publications/2014_healthcareers_en_low.pdf