In my 13 years of working in the public service of Canada, I became something of an expert on the job competions, and preparing resumes, writing the 2 types of exams and naturally, the interview process.
Over the years, I helped many people participate in competitions and even attain promotional advances.
I have been asked by a lot of people to create a workshop to teach what I have learned to help people get jobs in the Federal Government of Canada.
But I find that a year of being in recovery following a diagnosis of PTSD, a pyschotic break with reality, social and general anxiety disorder, panic attack disorder, agoraphobia and more types of depression than I can remember being told that I had…..
that there is no way that I could ever, in good consciousness ever help anyone to seek employment within the public service of Canada. I just can’t be responsible to impact the quality of someone’s life as negatively as that.
The public service used to be a calling – and in Canada, up until the 1970s, being a federal service employee meant you couldn’t vote in federal elections.
but now getting a government job is deemed a coup – and you know what, when an industry gets a reputation for a certain kind of employee – guess who are the people who most apply?
Most public service employees are regular people. they go to work and do their job with not enough resources, usually too many approval layers because everyone is to afraid to be responsible for decisions and too many people who do not understand what the purpose of policy and procedures really are or just how interconnected they are.