The Government of Alberta uses a competitive process to hire public service employees. Our goal is to attract and recruit diverse talent, from within and outside the Alberta Public Service, in order for us to deliver quality programs and services to Albertans.

Recruitment principles

Our Recruitment Principles form the foundation for our hiring process.

The hiring process

The Alberta Public Service hiring process involves 6 steps to attract, assess and hire employees. This process is also referred to as the competition process. You can find out the status of the hiring process for any advertised positions you have applied online, through your Candidate Profile.

Step 1. Advertise the opportunity

  • The Alberta Public Service advertises job opportunities on its jobs board. Job opportunities are usually posted daily.
  • Jobs may also be advertised in various other ways, including:
    • social media, such as LinkedIn
    • print media
    • jobs-related websites
    • professional associations
    • educational institutions
  • Each job posting will describe:
    • the role
    • required qualifications including education, knowledge, abilities, experience and other relevant attributes (competencies)
      • technical and behavioural competencies are the knowledge, skills, abilities or other relevant attributes predictive of successful job and organizational performance.
      • there may be a statement in the qualifications section indicating that equivalencies will be considered. In that case, related experience and/or education would be considered as alternate equal qualifications.
        • for example, two years of directly related experience can be considered equivalent to a two year diploma in a related field.
  • Job postings may also include a link to a position profile that provides additional information about an advertised job.
  • You can also use the ‘Create Alert’ option to receive emails about job opportunities that may interest you.

Step 2. Accept applications

  • Applications must be received before the deadline specified in each job posting.
  • Online applications are encouraged. If you are unable to apply online, refer to the contact information specified in the job posting for assistance.
  • You must reference the applicable Job Requisition ID number in your application.
  • If you want to apply on more than one job posting, you must submit a separate application for each one.
  • When you apply online, you must:
    • provide a valid email address
    • upload your cover letter, resume and any related documents
  • After you submit your application, you can view the jobs you have applied on and your status in the Jobs applied section of your Candidate Profile. If you require assistance, contact the Human Resources contact identified in the job posting or Talent Acquisition Services at [email protected] to confirm your application has been received.

Step 3. Review applications

  • Your application will be reviewed to determine how it aligns with the advertised qualifications.
  • Candidates must meet the minimum education and experience required to be eligible for further consideration.
  • Meeting the minimum education and experience does not automatically mean candidates will proceed further in the selection process.
  • Each job requires unique qualifications that are considered as a whole in determining which applicants most closely match the qualifications required for the role.
  • We often receive applications from many well-qualified candidates competing on one job opportunity.

Step 4. Assess top candidates

  • Candidates whose qualifications most closely match the job requirements are invited to participate in job related assessments, such as interviews.
  • If you are identified as a potential candidate for the available position, you will be asked to further demonstrate your qualifications.
  • This typically includes one or more interviews with representatives from the hiring ministry. It can also include other assessment methods such as writing tests and presentations.

Step 5. Conduct pre-employment checks

  • The assessment process also includes pre-employment checks.
    • This typically includes reference checks.
    • It can also include criminal record checks and post-secondary academic credential checks.

Step 6. Extend a job offer

  • Once all the steps are completed, the most suitable candidate for the position is selected.
  • If you are selected, you will get a job offer from the hiring ministry.
  • Individuals that start working for the Alberta Public Service are required to serve a probationary period.

Competitions may be used to fill future vacancies. If you want to be considered for a certain type of work, consider applying on all related competitions so that you can be assessed and potentially identified as a qualified candidate that may be considered for future vacancies across the Alberta Public Service.


You can contact us for technical assistance and questions about jobs with the Alberta Public Service. We will make every effort to respond promptly.

If you have already applied on a job posting and have questions about your application, you can contact the Human Resources contact referenced in the job posting or Talent Acquisition Services at [email protected].

Only those inquiries that include an email address will receive a response.

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The personal information collected through this form may be used for the purpose of contacting you to address your inquiry.

This personal information collection is authorized under section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.

If you have any questions about this collection of personal information, you may contact Talent Acquisition Services, Public Service Commission at [email protected].

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