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Navigate the application process: Understand the job advertisement

Learn about applying to the department, what information is on a job advertisement and what different terms mean.

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About applying to the department

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard post job advertisements that are unique to each position. If you’re interested in applying, it’s important to read the full advertisement, as the requirements for positions vary. 

Hiring managers are looking to find the right candidate for the right job at the right time. Make sure your application follows the instructions listed on the advertisement. The hiring managers won’t request additional details if you haven’t provided enough information.

Information on a job advertisement

We provide information in our job advertisements in a standard format to make it easier for potential applicants to identify important information.

Example of the basic information provided on a job advertisement.

The following image shows an example of the tombstone data provided on a job advertisement.
Title: Various Administrative Support Positions
Organization: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Location: Ottawa (Ontario)
Group and level: AS-01, CR-05
Salary range: $51,538 to $57,643
Application deadline: Closing date: 19 December 2018 – 23:59, Pacific Time
Area of selection: Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

There are many sections on a job advertisement that help you evaluate if you’re a good fit for the position, including:

Essential qualifications

All job advertisements include a section that says: ‘In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications).’ You should not submit an application if you don’t possess all of the criteria listed.

This is the criteria that you must demonstrate in your application, which may include:

Provide details in your application on your top accomplishments related to these criteria. You should also prepare explanations relating to these criteria in case hiring managers ask you questions for each criterion to obtain more information about your experience.

Other qualifications

Some advertisements include a section that says: ‘if you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications).’ This usually includes other criteria, such as:

While these criteria aren’t essential, they’re considered an asset. If you meet any of the criteria, identify this in your application as we may use this information when evaluating applications. These criteria may also be used to limit the number of candidates to be considered.

Qualifications assessed at a later date

Criteria identified as ‘applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)’ will be evaluated during your assessment. However, you don’t need to explain how you meet these criteria in your application.

Criteria identified as ‘applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)’ are those that may be considered at a later date. They aren’t required for the job but would be considered an asset. You don’t need to explain how you meet these criteria in your application.

Conditions of employment

The conditions of employment are the requirements you must meet and maintain throughout your employment if you’re appointed, such as:

Other information 

The ‘other information’ section includes additional information about the staffing process.

Glossary of terms

Definitions of some terms in the job advertisement may be unfamiliar to you.

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