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.
Our Recruitment Principles form the foundation for our hiring process.
Through collaborative and innovative recruitment strategies, managers and human resource professionals work together to build a professional public service workforce that reflects the qualities and differences of the broader population it serves.
The following 5 principles are in line with the Public Service Act which outlines how we fill positions and select the most suitable applicant, giving preference wherever possible to in-service applicants.
- Recruitment is a partnership.
- Managers and human resource professionals work together to identify and address workforce needs, ensuring a fair and inclusive recruitment process that welcomes, respects and values diversity.
- Recruitment addresses the current and future needs of the Government of Alberta.
- Strategies are aligned with the Government of Alberta’s business objectives and workforce plans, considering labour market trends and the economic environment.
- Recruitment has appropriate balance of access to employment opportunities.
- Recruitment opportunities balance several important objectives, including access to opportunities by current employees and attracting diverse talent from outside the organization.
- Recruitment is efficient, effective, fair and inclusive.
- Recruitment decisions are impartial and consistent with recruitment legislation, the policy framework and the Collective Agreement.
- Recruitment is conducted in accordance with the Alberta Public Service values.
- Processes and practices are conducted with respect, accountability, integrity, and excellence.
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 position through the Competition Status page or, if you have applied online, through your Careers account.
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 Job Agent Notification Service to receive a weekly email 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 necessary, you can apply by fax or by mailing an application to the contact specified in the job posting.
- You must reference the applicable Job 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 as one file
- After you submit your application, you will get a confirmation email. If you don’t get a confirmation email, contact the Human Resources contact identified in the job posting or the Talent Acquisition and Mobility Service Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your application has been received.
Step 3. Review applications
- Once the application deadline passes, 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.
Job application tips
Before you apply for a job
- Evaluate the job posting: does the work and what the job offers interest you?
- Review the qualifications carefully (education, knowledge, abilities, experience and other relevant attributes (competencies)): can you demonstrate the qualifications required for the job?
- Familiarize yourself with the Alberta Public Service Competency Model (PDF, 357 KB).
- The Competency Self-Assessment Questionnaire (PDF, 484 KB) is a good resource to help you identify examples of where you’ve demonstrated a competency through your past employment or other experiences.
- Ensure your application demonstrates evidence of the required qualifications.
- Application information can include a cover letter, resume, and/or other requested information, such as answering online questions.
Cover letter and resume
- Tailor your cover letter and resume to describe how your qualifications match the requirements in the job posting.
- The ideal cover letter is 1 page, with 3 to 4 paragraphs of text
- The ideal resume is 2 to 3 pages
- Provide information in your cover letter that is not included in your resume, such as interview availability, employment history gaps, etc.
- Ensure your cover letter includes any specific information that may have been requested in the job posting
- For instance, include an example of how you have demonstrated competency in creative problem solving, OR describe a key accomplishment you are most proud of.
- Ensure your resume includes any criteria in the job posting that are identified as preferred, assets or equivalent qualifications, providing you have them.
- List your most recent work experience or education first in your resume, and the remainder in descending date order (month and year). Describe your key duties and demonstrated qualifications and competencies.
- This format allows you to best demonstrate that you meet the minimum education and experience requirements and how you’ve demonstrated the knowledge, abilities and other relevant attributes (competencies) identified in the job posting.
- Interviews are normally conducted by a selection panel of 2 to 3 people, which typically includes a human resource professional, the supervisor of the position, and an employee with expertise in the field you are applying in.
- Candidates are asked to provide specific examples of how they’ve demonstrated the required qualifications and competencies.
- If you are chosen for an interview:
- review the Sample Interview Questions (PDF, 279 KB) for examples of competency-based interview questions
- review the job posting and, if applicable, the position profile
- anticipate questions you may be asked and prepare responses based on examples from your past experience
- research the ministry and other relevant information
- bring a list of job related references with you to the interview
The Tips for Applying on Alberta Government Jobs (PDF, 1.1 MB) publication is an additional resource to help you prepare your cover letter and resume, as well as prepare yourself for a potential job interview.
General job search resources are available on the ALIS: Alberta careers, learning and employment information website.
Feedback on your application or your performance during the interview/assessment process can help you better prepare for future job competitions with the Alberta Public Service.
- To request feedback, you can contact the Human Resources contact referenced in the job posting. You can also contact the Talent Acquisition and Mobility Service Centre at email@example.com and ask to speak to the person handling the job posting you applied on.
- The feedback you receive will be based on the qualifications (education, knowledge, abilities, experience and other relevant attributes (competencies)) required for successful performance in the role and the overall assessment of how you demonstrated them.
- Information about other candidates will not be shared. Their information is confidential and protected under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.
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 the Talent Acquisition and Mobility Service Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only those inquiries that include an email address will receive a response.
The personal information that you provide on this form will be used for the purpose of contacting you to address your inquiry.
Your information is collected under the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information, you can contact Talent Acquisition, Public Service Commission at JobBoard@gov.ab.ca.