Would you like to know that the work you do daily has a positive impact on the lives of Canadians? For the first time, Calgary Public Library is welcoming staff from the Public Service sector to take part in our Career Conversations event on April 20th as part of our Accelerate Your Career event, where they will answer questions about working for both the federal and provincial government. Representatives will discuss the wide variety of jobs available, so we asked them a few questions to get the conversation started:
Jackie, the Government of Alberta features several of the benefits of working for the federal government, but we’re wondering what you see as the top “selling features?”
To start, there are such a wide variety of jobs available. So although it’s one employer, there are many opportunities. For example, someone like me moved from a front line position, then pursued further education and switched to a support position in Human Resources , and then progressed into a management role. Employees also have the ability to make a huge difference to clients through the services they provide. We also know the importance of the work we do and are in it for the long term. Lastly, we get to work in a fast paced environment with the support of having good benefits and job security.
Are there any occupations or fields that are experiencing high demand?
Currently, we have a need for Social Workers in the Child Protection areas, Occupational Health and Safety Officers, and careers in our policy areas.
Jackie, what are some of the common questions that are asked by job seekers at career events, and what advice can you offer?
Questions are usually about the hiring process, specific jobs availability, training opportunities, and locations where new hires could work. As for advice, I would recommend that individuals interested in public sector careers should:
- Look at all levels of government (e.g. www.govjobs.ca)
- Given that opportunities are vast and varied, explore areas that you are passionate about. For example, environment, education, health care
- Explore what type of work you are interested in, such as policy, direct-service delivery (aka front line), technical, etc.
Does the Public Service ever use social media to scout for talent or recruit?
Governments are looking at innovative ways (e.g. Web 2.0) to recruit individuals to the public service including:
- Twitter (e.g. @jobs_gc)
- Second Life (Public Service Commission did a trial run and provided information booths and interacted with potential candidates)
- LinkedIn (frequent posts from various government agencies are often posted on LinkedIn)
Career Conversations Meet one-on-one with twenty professionals from high-demand industries to learn more about their careers
11:00 am–3:00 pm
Main Floor Sign up during event First-come, first-served