Tips for Applicants

The Staffing process in the Alberta Government is a competitive process.

  • Applications are reviewed (screened) according to the qualifications outlined in each job posting, looking for demonstrated evidence of the required education, experience and relevant competencies.
  • Technical and behavioural competencies are the knowledge, skills, abilities, or other personal characteristics predictive of successful job and organizational performance.
  • Application information can include a cover letter, resume, and/or other requested information such as answering online questions or completing a questionnaire to demonstrate competencies.
  • Candidates whose qualifications most closely match the job requirements are invited to participate further in the selection process, which typically includes an interview and may also involve other assessment methods such as tests or presentations.
  • Other steps in the process include reference checks and may also include post-secondary academic credential checks and security screening.
  • Once all the steps are completed, the most suitable candidate for the position is selected.

Following are a few suggestions to keep in mind when you apply for jobs with us. 

Before You Apply

  • Familiarize yourself with the Alberta Public Service Competency Model. The Competency Self-Assessment Questionnaire is a good resource to help you better understand the Competency Model and help you identify examples of where you've demonstrated a competency in your past employment or experience.
  • Evaluate the job posting: Does the work and what the job offers interest you? Review the qualifications carefully. Can you demonstrate the qualifications required for the job?

Cover Letter Tips

  • Tailor your cover letter to highlight how you meet the qualifications required for the position.
  • Include specific information in your cover letter if requested in the job posting.
  • If necessary, the cover letter allows you to provide information that is not included in your resume.  E.g. availability for an interview, gaps in employment history, looking for a career change, etc.
  • Include your contact information (telephone number(s), email address) and where you can be reached during business hours.

Resume Tips

  • Tailor your resume for each specific job for which you are applying.
  • Resumes are screened according to the qualifications identified in each job posting.  Ensure your resume clearly identifies how you meet the qualifications required, including education, experience and demonstrated competencies.
  • Sometimes there will be a statement in the Qualifications section of the job posting indicating that “equivalencies will be considered”.  In that case, related experience and/or education would be considered as alternate equal qualifications.  E.g. Two years of directly related experience can be considered equivalent to a two year diploma in a related field.
  • A modified chronological resume format is preferred. This format lists your most recent work experience or education first and the remainder in descending date order. The format allows you to demonstrate that you meet the minimum education and experience requirements and also allows you to describe how you've demonstrated the competencies identified in the job posting.
  • For each role you've held, include the name of employer (most recent employer first), employment dates (month and year), working title, what you did and how you did it (key duties and demonstrated competencies).
  • Include your address, an email address, and the telephone number(s) where you can be reached during business hours.
  • Use only one medium to submit your resume.  Online applications are preferred.

Apply Online Tips

  • Ensure you include a valid email address when you create your Careers account and you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application each time you apply for a job online.

After You Apply

  • Keep the Job ID number, job posting, and position/competency profile (if applicable) for reference, in the event you are called for further assessment. 
  • Check the status of the competition(s) you applied on through the Competition Status page.
  • If you have questions regarding the status of a competition, please contact the Human Resource Office of the ministry advertising the competition.

Interview Tips

  • Interviews are typically done by a panel of interviewers.
  • Candidates are assessed on their technical and behavioural competencies. You will be asked to provide specific examples of how you've demonstrated the required competencies. For example: Tell us about a time you had difficulty getting others to accept an idea. What was your approach? How did it work?
  • Be prepared by reviewing the job posting and position/competency profile (if applicable).
  • Research the ministry before the interview.
  • Have a list of references available including names, job titles, addresses and phone numbers of current and/or former supervisors.

For more information, check out the Tips for Applying on Alberta Government Jobs publication.

Job search resources are also available on the Alberta Learning Information Service website