Post-Secondary Recruitment

Launch or advance your career by applying to federal public service opportunities for college and university graduates in a broad range of fields in departments across the country.

The 2021 postsecondary recruitment campaign will begin soon. To make sure you don't miss any opportunity of interest to you, create a GC Jobs account and subscribe to our email job alerts. You can also visit this page regularly for updates.


You’re eligible to apply if you have a college diploma or university degree, or will have one soon.

If you graduated outside Canada

You’re eligible to apply if you graduated outside Canada, just make sure you have your Education Equivalency before the testing period starts.

If you’re not a Canadian citizen

If you’re a non-Canadian citizen living in Canada, you are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to Canadian veterans, Canadian citizens and permanent residents who meet the job opportunity requirements.

What to expect when you apply

After you’ve applied, be sure to check your GC Jobs account for updates on your application status to see whether you’ve been included in an inventory or referred to a department. Initially, you will not receive any emails about your status, but if you’re selected for further consideration, you’ll be contacted by the hiring manager.

Application status – explanation of terms

Results Available: The date when you will be able to view the initial status of your application.

Included in Inventory: This is a confirmation that your application was received and registered in the system. This status does not mean that you successfully passed the required tests.

Referred: This is a confirmation that your application has been forwarded to a hiring organization. The hiring department or agency will contact you to inform you of the next steps in the assessment process, if you are selected for further consideration.

Cancelled: Occasionally, a hiring department or agency may choose to cancel a job opportunity based on staffing needs.

Some opportunities may require you to write the Public Service Entrance Exam. You may also be invited to write other exams and to participate in other assessment methods. For the administrative services inventory, you’ll need to complete a test as part of the application process.

Assessment accommodation

Instructions for candidates with functional limitations related to a disability on how to request accommodation measures are included in the assessment invitation.

For more information on accommodation, please visit the Assessment accommodation website.

What you need to know about Post-Secondary Recruitment testing

Public Service Entrance Exam

When you apply to a job opportunity or inventory, you may receive an electronic invitation to write the Public Service Entrance Exam.

Public Service Entrance Exam Unsupervised Test (PSEE 370)

This online test is typically used to assess reasoning skills and judgement. If this tool is used during the assessment process, the competencies assessed could be confirmed at a later date.

Exams for administrative positions

If you’re applying to the administrative services inventory, you’ll need to complete an online test (Unsupervised Internet Test of Cognitive Ability, Level 1) as part of your application. When you apply, you’ll be asked if you need accommodation to write the test; if you do, an agent will contact you to make arrangements.

Unsupervised Internet Test of Cognitive Ability – Level 1 (UIT CA1 208)

This test assesses your general reasoning skills for administrative support positions and similar work in the federal public service. It takes one hour to complete. The competencies assessed may be validated at a later date.

Wondering how you can provide detailed and concrete examples on how you meet experience qualifications? You don’t have to use it, but the STAR method could help!

Creating an environment where diverse perspectives are valued begins with self-declaration. Count yourself in and self-declare by identifying to which employment equity group(s) you belong to. Some hiring organizations, based on their needs, may limit the selection of candidates to members of these designated groups.

Eliminate the stress and try out the self-assessment tests for written expression and reading comprehension in your second language before you take the official tests.

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