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Frequently Asked Employment Questions

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How do I apply for a job? The IWK Health Centre uses CareerBeacon’s online job application system for both internal and external job postings. You can view IWK job postings at the following link: http://www.careerbeacon.com/corpprof/iwk/. All applicants are required to set up a CareerBeacon account, which will allow you to store and update resumes and cover letters.  Once you’ve created an account, you can apply for job opportunities by selecting the “Apply Online Now” button on the posting. Note: You must apply for each position of interest. Submitting your resume for one position does not guarantee you will be considered for other open positions. Applications will only be accepted when submitted electronically through CareerBeacon. 

How do I see all the posted jobs? To view current IWK vacancies, select the "View All Job Postings" link. Positions available only to internal applicants are identified as “Internal Only” within the job title. 

What application tips can you give me? Read over the job posting carefully. Include a targeted cover letter (we suggest it be addressed “Dear Hiring Manager”) and resume, clearly highlighting your applicable qualifications such as experience, certifications (e.g. CPR), and whether you are licensed in your field (if applicable). Be sure to include the dates for past employment and certifications, as well as your current contact number and email address.  There are some public resources available that you can use for career counseling:

Job Search Services Women’s Employment Outreach Job Junction
YMCA Halifax/Dartmouth ISIS-Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services PeopleWorx (Annapolis Valley)


How do I know that my application has been successfully submitted? When you apply online using CareerBeacon you will receive a confirmation e-mail stating that we have received your application.

What happens after I submit my application? Once the job competition closes, the applications are screened to determine which candidates meet the required qualifications. (These are listed in the job description under the “Qualifications” heading.) After this screening is complete, the list of qualified candidates is sent to the hiring manager. The hiring manager will review the applications and contact the candidates. 

Why haven’t I heard anything? Because of the typically large volume of applications, only candidates who have been selected for an interview are contacted.

I’ve been selected for an interview. What can I expect? You will receive a call with the time, date and location for your interview, as well as and the names of the members of the team you will be meeting with. During the interview, the team will proceed through a list of questions, and depending on the position, the interview could also include practice components, written exercises, and testing on various Microsoft packages. Your responses should be detailed and speak to your skills and experience, as the team will be comparing the information you share with the established requirements of the position. Please ensure you ask questions to have a good understanding of the role and bring a copy of your references to the interview with you.  

When are my references contacted? Following your interview, there may be a delay in responding back to you, as the team completes interviews with all aligned candidates. Please ask during your interview when the team expects to make a decision and when references will be contacted. 

What is required after signing a letter of offer? There are a number of important steps to act upon as outlined in your letter of offer. Please follow these carefully, as missing pieces of information may delay your start date. In order to meet the conditions of employment, all new hires must submit a criminal record check with vulnerable sector search, proof of applicable education (copy of degree/certificates), as well as proof of professional designation or licensure, if applicable for your job. (See Onboarding Materials