Careers In The Federal Public Service – Big Oops!

Careers In The Federal Public Service – Big Oops!

If you are looking for a job in the Canadian Government Public Service, the government has a most helpful webpage called Careers in the Federal Public Service (click photo link below for a larger size):

In the middle of the page above you can Search to see if a specific job is open – a job where you might know the name. On the left-hand side is another link called Job Alert.

You have to sign up for Job Alert, and give them a maximum of three choices of jobs that you might be interested in, but there is no list to choose from. You just enter a job title and hope that it is correct.

I wanted to keep up to date on when competitions are open for Lighthouse keepers in British Columbia so that I could keep the Job Description page current for visitors to my website.

So I registered with the service and filled in the data for a job as Lighthouse keeper. About four hours later (pretty quick service!) I received the email below. Note my chosen words at the red arrow. Note the jobs offered!

My new job(s)?


OK, not to negate the humour of the above episode, I must admit that the mistake was mine. I did not read the page correctly, and I am posting this here so that you do not make the same mistake. Take a look at the next photo. Note the line that says Keyword Criteria. To get the above result using the search term Assistant Lighthousekeeper I used “Any of these words” and I should have used All of these words” as you see marked below. Hopefully that gets me the results I want when the next competition comes open – I will let you know, as I have a lightkeeper alerting me also, so we will also see who is more reliable!


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Retired (2001) British Columbia lighthouse keeper after 32 years on the lights.

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