Your Job Application

Before you can apply for a BC Public Service job you must create an online account and complete your applicant profile. To create a new account, use the External Applicants (non-BC government employees) link. If you are a current BC Public Service employee, your account has been created. Use your government email ID and your IDIR password to access your account. Call 250 387-7000 for IDIR support.

Your resume and cover letter can be added to your account and edited at any time to customize it for different job applications. However, if a competition has closed, the version you submitted will be attached to the competition. We recommend that you view the job posting and profile to determine if you are interested in and qualified for the job and to be aware of the application submission requirements. Your application will be assessed on whether your qualifications meet the posted job requirements.

View our Job Seeker Quick Reference Guide (DOCX, 1.5MB)  for information on how to:

  • search and apply for jobs
  • create an account
  • add and edit your resume and cover letter
  • set up and manage job search agents
  • apply for a job
  • review your resume submission history
  • accept a job offer

Video Tutorials


Applying for a Job with the BC Public Service Part 1: Creating an Account


Applying for a Job with the BC Public Service Part 2: Your Job Application

Job Postings close at 11:00 pm Pacific Standard time on the closing date. If you accidentally withdraw from a competition you can resubmit your application until the posting close date and time.

For help using the system, each page contains a help feature. If you experience technical difficulty applying for a competition, contact the Hiring Centre.   

To find out more about careers in a particular ministry you can go to the ministry website from the B.C. government website.


The government of British Columbia is committed to protecting the privacy of people whose personal information is held by government through responsible information management practices. Any personal information provided to the government of B.C. is collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other applicable legislation.

  • Always review and update your contact information, resume and cover letter before applying for BC Public Service jobs
  • Don't wait until the last minute to apply. Give yourself enough time to update your profile and apply.
  • If you use the ‘Upload Resume’ (external applicants only) or copy and paste your resume from a document, we recommend you save your information in simple unformatted text (e.g., .txt). The system text editor may not recognize all formatting such as colors, tables, tabs, indented or bold text. Use the preview feature to review your resume and cover letter. Return to editing to correct any undesired formatting results  
  • You can save your application and finish later. All job applications must be received by 11:00 pm on the closing date
  • Use the Finish or Submit  button to complete your action (e.g., applying for a job). The system will send you a success email if you have applied successfully
  • Your account information, resume, cover letters, submission history and job offers are located in your Career Center in the Recruitment Management System. Log in to view your information    
  • If you are experience technical issues applying for a job, contact the Hiring Centre and provide details of the error
  • The ideal resume is comprehensive but targeted to the job you are applying for.
  • Use a simple yet professional resume format. Our focus is on your background and qualifications and how this relates to the job requirements
  • Describe your relevant education, experience, skills and technical knowledge. Emphasize those that are listed for the position
  • List your employment history beginning with your most recent job. Include the month and year you started and ended each position, describe your responsibilities and how they relate to your job application
  • List your attained education including the name of institution(s), area(s) of study and qualification obtained (e.g., bachelor, etc.)
  • Address any specific requirements in the posting such as a particular certification, skill or affiliation
  • Volunteer work, training and additional information should be relevant to the job
  • Avoid acronyms. If you do use them, state the meaning of the acronym the first time you use it followed with the acronym in brackets
  • Use the preview feature to conduct a final review of your application. Double check your grammar and spelling; consistency in font and spacing; and that all job requirements are addressed
  • Consider having a friend or colleague review your application


Resume Format

A clear and concise resume helps hiring managers determine if you are qualified for the position. Here are the things you should 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 requirement listed in the job 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
  • Start with the highest level of education completed and  include the name of the institution, the date, if your education was completed or if it is in progress, name of qualification
  • 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 2014 - Dec 2017)
  • Describe your duties and accomplishments: what you did and how you did it

Professional Development (Training & Courses)

  • Include training and courses relevant to the job
  • Name of program, institution, date completed
  • Include year completed or if it is in progress

Professional Memberships & Certifications

Include memberships required in the job requirements

Include related volunteer experience: where, when, what your role was

Include related awards and achievements.

  • You do not need to include references at this stage unless they are requested
  • Verify your references are willing and available and include their contact information


Your Cover Letter

A cover letter is your introduction to the hiring manager and an opportunity to add your voice to your application. If the posting indicates a cover letter is required, then one must be included with your application.

  • Address your cover letter to the contact name listed in the job posting
  • Include a subject line with the position title, ministry and requisition number
  • Keep your cover letter short and concise, ideally one page maximum
  • Focus on the key accountabilities and job requirements and highlight how your experience makes you an ideal candidate for the position
  • Address willingness statements (such as willing to travel) and certifications (such as licenses) that relate to the qualifications
  • Include other relevant information (for example, contact information if you will be on vacation)
  • Double check your grammar, spelling and formatting
  • Check the application requirements to determine if a cover letter is required.

Online Questionnaires

You may be asked to complete an online questionnaire to show how you meet the job requirements.  Your responses must be truthful and accurately reflect your education and experience. The information you provide should also be reflected in your resume. A questionnaire may take up to 60 minutes to complete, depending on the number of questions.

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

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 (2014-2017) in a legal office providing secretarial and administrative service to three different solicitors and one paralegal. From January 2014 until December 2017, 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

  • Remember to save your work often or save for later.
  • You cannot edit your responses after you submit your application
  • Never just say ‘see resume’ – a full response to the question is required