Apply for a Position

This page includes information on eligibility, ways to customize and submit your profile, online questionnaires and tips for applying.

Are You Eligible to Apply?

Before you apply for a position, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements. All positions in the BC Public Service require that applicants are at least 15 years old and eligible to work in Canada. Other eligibility criteria may apply.

Current BC Public Service employees

  • In-service status (eligible to apply for internal positions)
  • You don't have an outstanding two-year previous relocation obligation
  • Any geographic or other restriction or requirement
  • Supervisor's approval when applying for temporary appointments

Current auxiliary employees who have worked in excess of 30 days (210 hours) are recognized as in-service applicants and are eligible to apply for internal positions.

External (non-government) applicants

  • Any geographic or other restriction or requirement
  •  You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada or authorized in writing to work in Canada under the federal Immigration Act. Eligibility to work in Canada is granted through citizenship, permanent resident status or a work permit. For information on obtaining a work permit or to check the status of your eligibility to work in Canada, go to Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Customize Your Profile & Cover Letter

Edit your profile and cover letter (if required) before you apply. Your application will be assessed based on whether your qualifications meet the posted requirements.

Submit Your Profile

Once you have found a job you want to apply for, updated your profile and determined you are qualified for the position, click Submit your Resume at the bottom of the posting.

If you want to customize your profile for a specific position or add a cover letter, you must go back into the Career Centre and edit your resume before applying for a position. When you click Submit your Resume, the information in your profile becomes your electronic application for that position and cannot be changed. If you withdraw from a competition you cannot apply online again, and must contact the Hiring Centre to apply offline.

Online Questionnaires

As part of the application process you may be asked to complete an online questionnaire to show how you meet the job qualifications. An online questionnaire will consist of multiple choice questions and/or questions that require text answers. The questions are designed to ensure you meet the job qualifications.

Questionnaire examples

Example 1: radio button multiple choice question

As demonstrated in my resume, my level of education is best described as

  • Secondary school graduation or equivalent
  • Certificate
  • Diploma
  • Degree
  • None of the above

Example 2: text sample question

Please describe when, where and how you obtained minimum two years administrative experience in a legal office.

Sample text box answer: I have four years of experience (2012-2016) in a legal office providing secretarial and administrative service to three different solicitors and one paralegal. From January 2012 until December 2015, I worked as a legal secretary at TMC Lawyers LLP. My responsibilities included preparing court forms such as summons and subpoenas, arranging for filing of court documents, balancing attorney billable time and expenses reports, organizing attorney appointment schedules and monitoring court appearance dates and pleadings. 

Questionnaire tips

  • Have a copy of your resume close by as the questionnaire will be related to your education and experience
  • Questionnaires with multiple choice questions may take up to 30 minutes to complete
  • Questionnaires with text answers require you to provide thorough responses and may take approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete
  • Online questionnaires cannot be saved and will time out after 60 minutes. You will need to complete the questionnaire and submit your application within 60 minutes or you will lose any information you have entered
  • When answering questions that require text responses, you can prepare your responses outside of the system and paste your prepared responses into the online questionnaire when you are ready
  • You will not be able to go back and view or edit your answers after you have submitted your application

Tips for Applying

  • Don't wait until the last minute to apply. Give yourself enough time to update your profile and apply
  • Ensure you submit an up-to-date profile each time you apply for a position as only your most recent resume profile is kept in the system
  • To find out more about a particular ministry you can go to the ministry website from the B.C. government website
  • Postings with closing dates close at 11:59 pm Pacific standard time
  • You can track the status of your application process and view all of your past applications with the BC Public Service by choosing Submission History on the Career Centre page

Hit Submit your Profile at the bottom of the posting when you are ready to apply.

When you have successfully submitted your profile, you will receive an email notification confirming your application has been received.

If you accidentally withdraw from a competition you cannot reapply online. You must contact the Hiring Centre prior to the closing date and we will add you manually to the applicant list for the competition.

If you are an employee and forget your password, your IDIR ID allows you to use the system without an additional password. Call 250 387-7000 for IDIR support.

If you are not an employee and forget your password for the Recruitment Management System, please go to Current Job Postings and click on External Applicants, Career Centre and then Retrieve my Password. Your information will be emailed to you.

 If you are an employee and want to change your contact information, go to Employee Self Service. If you are not an employee and want to change your contact information, go to Current Job Postings and click on External Applicants, Career Centre and then View/edit my resume profile.

Contact the Hiring Centre If any of the following instances occur:

  • You receive an error message in the Recruitment Management System (please provide details)
  • You experience difficulties editing or saving your profile
  • You experience difficulty applying for a competition (include the requisition number, ministry name and job title)
  • You have multiple accounts and want to delete one. Accounts with application history cannot be deleted
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