Your Job Application
To apply for a BC Public Service job, you must have an online account and complete your applicant profile.
- External Applicants: Create and access your account.
- B.C. Government Employees: Your account has been created for you and can be accessed here.
You can add your resume and cover letter to your profile anytime. You can also customize your resume when applying for a job. We recommend that you view the job posting details first to understand the job requirements and what must be included with your application.
Job postings will indicate their closing date and time. If you withdraw from a competition and add yourself back for consideration, your original application will be resubmitted.
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.
Job Seeker Quick Reference Guide
View our Job Seeker Quick Reference Guide (DOCX, 1.5MB) for information on how to create an account, search and apply for jobs, review your submission history, and accept a job offer.
How to Apply
- A clear and concise application helps hiring managers determine if you're qualified for the position.
- 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.
- Copy and paste your resume.
- You can save your application and finish later. All job applications must be received by the deadline indicated in the posting.
- 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've applied successfully.
- Your account information, resume, cover letters, submission history, and job offers are located in your Career Centre in the Recruitment Management System. Log in to view your information.
- Use the preview feature to review your application. Double check your grammar and spelling and that all job requirements are addressed. Return to "Editing" to edit your application as required.
- Consider having a friend or colleague review your application.
- If you experience technical issues applying for a job, contact the Hiring Centre and provide details of the error.
Create your resume, save it, and then follow these steps to convert it to plain text using the Notepad program on your computer.
- Click "Edit" → "Select All."
- Click "Edit" → "Copy."
- Click "Start" on your computer → "Programs" → "Accessories" → "Notepad."
- This opens the Notepad program.
- Click "Edit" → "Paste."
- Turn on the “Word-Wrap” feature in the “Format” drop-down menu.
- Save the resume as “yourname.txt”
Use a simple yet professional resume format. Our focus is on your background and qualifications and how this relates to the job requirements. 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
Your Name & Contact Information
- Include an email address and a primary and secondary phone number that are current and that you check regularly.
- 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.
- List your attained education including the name of institution(s), area(s) of study, qualification obtained (e.g., bachelor, etc.), the date, and if your education was completed or if it's in progress.
- Include licenses, certifications or registration if it's relevant.
- List your employment history beginning with your most recent job.
- Include job title, date of employment (mm/year), department, organization.
- Describe your duties and accomplishments: what you did and how you did it, etc.
- Describe how your responsibilities relate to the job you're applying for.
Professional Development (Training & Courses)
- Include training and courses relevant to the job.
- Name of program, institution, date completed.
- Include year completed or if it's in progress.
Professional Memberships & Certifications
- Include information about required memberships and certifications.
- Volunteer work, training and additional information should be relevant to the job.
Awards & Achievements
- Include related awards and achievements.
- You don't need to include references at this stage unless they are requested.
- Verify your references are willing and available and include their contact information.
- 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, you must include it 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 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'll be on vacation).
- Double check your grammar, spelling and formatting.
- Check the application requirements to determine if a cover letter is required.
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.
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
- 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 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.
- Remember to save your work often or save for later.
- You can't edit your responses after you submit your application.
- Never say "see resume" – a full response to the question is required.
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 B.C. Government is collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other applicable legislation.