Candidate Hiring Guide

Cover Letter —

Yes, you need one! This is an opportunity to demonstrate why you deserve the job. Here are some tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to sell yourself.
  • Use key words from job description/factsheet
  • Get our attention, extrapolate on your resume
  • Your cover letter and resume should be complementary
  • Be creative, yet professional, with formatting
  • Make yourself standout
  • 1-2 pages in length
  • Make sure you include your contact information

Resume —

Your resume is a summary of your relevant skills and experiences (previous job or volunteer positions)

  • Avoid large blocks of text- readability is important
  • Use keywords from the job description/factsheet
  • Take the time to highlight your skills section
  • Keep your resume up-to-date
  • Get someone to proofread it
  • Ensure your name and at least one contact method is listed on every page (email or phone number) in the event individual pages are lost
  • Make sure you include your contact information 

Submitting your Application —

  • Submit your files as one pdf document.
  • Avoid the use of colours, we print all materials in black and white
  • If applying to more than one position, submit individual cover letters/resumes for each position.

Before the Interview —

Prepare, prepare, prepare!

  • Check your email/voicemail often to see if you got an email and to select a time slot
  • Research the job and the company/organization – you should know what the CSA is
  • Practice in front of a mirror, or to a friend
  • Practice answering a variety of questions

Your Interview —

One step closer to getting the position! 

  • Show up on time; don’t be late for your interview
  • Be yourself and smile. Relax!
  • Turn off cell phone and all other electronic devices
  • Make eye contact with the members of the hiring committee
  • Don’t be afraid to pause before answering questions
  • The CSA allows you to revisit and skip questions
  • Give clear, concise responses, and answer all components of the questions
  • Thank interviewers for the interview

Page updated: September 2020

Last Updated:
Monday, September 14th, 2020 1:10 PM