Your Profile (Resume)
Before you can apply for a job with the BC Public Service you need to create an online profile. You can edit your profile at any time and customize it to apply for different jobs. This page includes profile tips, information on formatting and instructions to edit or update your profile.
Create Your Profile
The online profile is your resume for applying to job opportunities in the BC Public Service. Each individual inside or outside of the BC Public Service must create their own online profile with a unique email address (for example, family members will each have to use a separate and unique email address).
- Select either BC Public Service Employees or External Applicants (non-B.C. government employees) to enter the recruitment system where you can create or edit your online profile. If you are a BC Public Service employee, your online profile has already been created for you, you just need to complete it
- Upload your resume, or paste your non-formatted, plain text resume into your online profile. Plain text is ideal for avoiding formatting issues. The system will time out after approximately one hour so please hit Save often to avoid losing your work
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- Your online profile should be succinct and relevant to the job you are applying
- Keep your resume format simple, yet professional. Our focus is on content, not format
- Include your relevant and recent experience, within the previous 10 to 15 years, unless including more shows progressive responsibility or is experience directly related to the position you are applying for
- Only include a Career Profile or Career Objective statement if it is specific
- List your work history in order, beginning with your most recent job
- Include the month and year you started and ended for each position in your employment history
- Avoid acronyms if possible. If you do use them, state the meaning of the acronym the first time you use it, followed with the acronym in brackets so that you can use only the acronym from then on
- Be clear and concise
- Double check for grammar and spelling errors
- Check font and spacing to make sure it is consistent and easy to read
- Consider having a friend or colleague review your profile
A clear and concise profile helps hiring managers determine if you are qualified for the position. Here are the things you'll need to include:
- Include an email address and a primary and secondary phone number that are current and that you check regularly
- In bullet form or one or two sentences, describe the link between each education and experience qualification listed in the job you are applying for and when/where/how you meet the qualifications. Include other experience or skills such as a second language, a computer skill, etc.
- Address any willingness statements listed in the job qualifications
Example: I have a Legal Administrative Certificate from Douglas College (2010) and four years' experience (2012 - 2016) in a legal office providing secretarial and administrative service to three different solicitors and one paralegal. I have experience keyboarding (70 wpm), preparing court forms such as a summons and subpoenas. I am familiar with court rules and filing procedures and arranging for filing of documents with the court by mail, messenger or electronic means. I am fluent in French.
- Start with the highest level of education completed - this makes it easy for the hiring manager to find the information
- Include the name of the institution and the date your education was completed or if it is in progress
- Include licenses, certifications or registration if it is relevant
- Title, date (mm/year), department, organization
- Include date with month and year for each position (for example, Sept 2010 - July 2013)
- Describe your duties: what you did and how you did it
Example: Maintains attorney calendar - by planning scheduling conferences, teleconferences, dispositions and travel; recording and monitoring court appearance dates and pleadings.
- Describe your accomplishments: what you did and how you did it
Example: Balanced books - by documenting and inputting attorney billable time and reimbursable expenses; preparing invoices; tracking payments.
Professional Development (Training & Courses)
- Name of program, institution, date completed
- Include year completed or if it is in progress
Professional Memberships & Certifications
- Include related work experience: where, when, what your role was
Awards and Achievements
- You do not need to include references at this stage unless they are requested
- Make sure you have your references and their contact information ready in case you are asked for them
Customize your profile for each position application to clearly demonstrate how you meet the posted qualifications. You can edit your online profile at any time and use it to apply to multiple jobs with the BC Public Service.
To edit your profile
- Go to the Recruitment Management System Career Centre tab and click on Edit my Profile
- In Your Resume you can edit your profile or copy and paste new information from another document
- Hit Save at the bottom of the page
Updating your profile will not change the profile that was in place at the time you applied for a position. Tailor your profile each time you apply for a job. A snapshot of your profile at the time you apply is taken and stored with that application.
If you are having any issues with saving your changes please contact the Hiring Centre and provide details of the error.