Career Development Services recently hosted a workshop on how to apply for provincial government jobs. Sharleen Costello, Staffing Consultant with the PEI Public Service Commission, gave tips on what to expect during the application and interview process.
Sharleen specializes in the recruitment of casual employees. “We are changing the way a person applies to the casual lists. Now, individuals interested in provincial government employment opportunities can view the casual job postings for the whole province.” To find casual lists, go to www.gov.pe.ca/jobs and click External Competitions.
“We always need service workers in laundry, food service and housekeeping at hospitals and manors. The duties of food service workers and housekeepers have now been combined into one position at manors.” She says there is also a huge need for cooks, correctional officers, and youth workers.
“Jobs are awarded through merit. If you have a good interview and a positive work reference, you will be placed on a causal list and contacted when there is a need from the employer.”
Administrative and clerical support
Positions for librarians, court stenographers, administrative support and clerical support can also be found on casual lists. Clerical jobs include tax processing, payroll, and other accounting duties.
Administrative support includes taking notes, booking meetings and travel for managers, and preparing documents. Some administrative and clerical positions may overlap.
“With administrative and clerical positions, we look closely at education such as completion of a post-secondary office studies or a business course.”
Education and experience required
All jobs require Grade 12, GED or equivalent. Most jobs require a college diploma or university degree. “For example, jobs at Access PEI need a combination of education and experience, such as training in a related program and experience in customer service and cash handling.
“In the application, include most recent and relevant education and experience, and match the requirements of the job ad as best as you can,” Sharleen says. “List any First Aid/CPR, WHMIS or food safety courses you have taken. You get credit for short courses in the application process.”
Recruitment is on-going. “However, there are times of the year when hiring increases,” Sharleen says. “November is a busy hiring month to cover staff vacations, and in March we hire for summer employment. Applications stay on file for 12 months.”
“To prepare for the interview, research the type of work you are applying for. Re-read the job ad and Google the department to find out more.
“Bring your resumé with you to the interview. A panel of three people will interview you for 30 to 40 minutes. You will be asked to review your education and experience, and other questions related to the type of work you are being interviewed for.
“You will also be asked to provide three current and/or recent references of individuals with whom you directly reported to.”
For more information on provincial government jobs, visit www.gov.pe.ca/jobs or call the PEI Public Service Commission at 902-368-4080.