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Hiring processes in government can be hard, especially if the positions you’re looking to fill are new to the public sector. In this issue, we share resources that we’ve been using to hire and onboard multidisciplinary talent from different sectors and different parts of the world.
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Canadian Digital Service Talent Handbook (Beta)

The goal of our Talent team is to make Human Resources (HR) stuff easy and intuitive for the rest of the team. It’s taken a lot of listening and learning from other HR friends to help them do this. 

To pay it forward, the team started to write down some of those learnings in a “Talent Handbook” so we can easily share them with other people who are wanting to hire similar talent in a similar way. 

In the latest version of this handbook (currently in Beta phase),  you can access:

  • Job posting samples 

  • Tools and tech that we use 

  • Information about our Talent team and how they work

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Making a great first impression: onboarding matters
It turns out that making a great first impression takes some research and a lot of testing. In this blog, our Talent team talks about how they’ve taken the tools and techniques we use to build tech, and applied them to help us create a positive onboarding experience for our staff.

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Embedding private-sector talent in government tech

With Civic Leave, you don’t have to be a life-long public servant to make a real impact on the lives of Canadians. In this blog, we talk about how we’re borrowing an idea from Microsoft and Google to help us bring private-sector talent into government for a short tour of service.


In the community:

GovConnect Canada
October 3, Ottawa

Service Design Global Conference
October 9-11, Toronto

October 18, Ottawa

FWD50 2019
November 5-7, Ottawa

Podcast: On writing
Government Digital Service 

Digital Academy 

Service Design Guild
The Ontario Public Service

In the news:

5 ways for government to hack digital hiring

Canadian Digital Service challenged to digitize government by 2025
Hill Times (paywall)

The Canadian Digital Service collaborates with CRA to help modest income taxpayers access benefits 
IT World Canada

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We're looking for a Head of Product Management, a Partnerships Advisor, a Technical Writer, and more!  If you think one of these could be you, apply to join the team.

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