GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby IronWolf » Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:47 pm

Agreed, I understand your point !

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Postby miscaware » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:03 pm

Anyone else find it strange how the CBSA constantly hosts recruitment events throughout Canada but has not had a single job posting in a year?

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Postby cbmcmsa » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:09 pm

miscaware wrote:
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Anyone else find it strange how the CBSA constantly hosts recruitment events throughout Canada but has not had a single job posting in a year?
No. It's part of the mystique.


More seriously though. The Agency does things in strange ways sometimes. This campaign of recruitment events is more than likely to drum up anticipation for a poster. One's probably coming. When, who knows? Just keep checking Jobs.gc.ca .
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Postby JohnWilliamson3000 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:27 pm

Below is a link I stumbled upon which is an analysis by CBSA on their entire recruitment process. The analysis is from 2012 to the end of 2018. It seems the update it so they may provide some updates for 2019.
This explains a lot of un-answered questions that people may have and provides an explanation of how CBSA came to the process they have now. It also contains future plans for the agency and the recruitment process for (hopefully) the next upcoming inventories. It’s a long read but well worth it for anyone in the process or looking to apply. Hope this helps!

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Postby JEagle10 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:58 pm

DrancsCDN wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:31 am
kittycat1024 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:47 am
Just wonder why some candidates can skip the OTEE directly go for interview?
Back in November 13 2018 I received an email from CBSA stating that i met the merit criteria identified for screening with my graduation with a minimum two-year college diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution (2 year Police Foundation College Diploma).

Which resulted with my candidacy being considered for the next step of the process which consist of the interview (Basically meaning I was exempted from the OTEE).

I guess the process had some changes in the last few years and are not accepting exemption anymore. I always thought it was a way to streamline the process to try and make it faster.
That is odd because I applied in September of 2018 and have the same education and was told there were no exemptions anymore from the OTEE lol
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Postby DrancsCDN » Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:27 am

JEagle10 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:58 pm
DrancsCDN wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:31 am
kittycat1024 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:47 am
Just wonder why some candidates can skip the OTEE directly go for interview?
Back in November 13 2018 I received an email from CBSA stating that i met the merit criteria identified for screening with my graduation with a minimum two-year college diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution (2 year Police Foundation College Diploma).

Which resulted with my candidacy being considered for the next step of the process which consist of the interview (Basically meaning I was exempted from the OTEE).

I guess the process had some changes in the last few years and are not accepting exemption anymore. I always thought it was a way to streamline the process to try and make it faster.
That is odd because I applied in September of 2018 and have the same education and was told there were no exemptions anymore from the OTEE lol
I applied back in April 2018 and received that exemption email in November 2018. Must be the different job posting we applied for. Only logical reason I can think of.
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Postby kittycat1024 » Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:13 am

DrancsCDN wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:27 am
I applied back in April 2018 and received that exemption email in November 2018. Must be the different job posting we applied for. Only logical reason I can think of.
I didn’t even get any exemption email, really hard to catch HR’s procedure, LOL :!:
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Postby Stone. » Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:08 pm

In 2016 the CBSA introduced a new inventory that if you had a college diploma or university degree, you could skip the two entrance exams. If any of you actually read the OIM report that has been posted here multiple times, it explains why they introduced it and got rid of it after two years. After getting rid of this exemption, the CBSA introduced the OTEE. A university degree or a college diploma does not allow you to skip the OTEE.

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Postby Tavio06 » Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:54 pm

hkhachik wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:09 am
Does anyone know how stat holidays work while you're in Rigaud? Are there classes during holidays? I will be in Rigaud during Easter, Victoria Day and Canada Day and I was wondering if I could drive back home for the long weekends.
That's a really good question, if anyone who's been to Rigaud during the spring/ summer can shed some light on this it would be greatly appreciated, also does St Jean Baptiste get included in there as a potential day off as well? (Quebec's national holiday on June 24th)

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Postby PrairieFire31 » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:11 pm

Tavio06 wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:54 pm
hkhachik wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:09 am
Does anyone know how stat holidays work while you're in Rigaud? Are there classes during holidays? I will be in Rigaud during Easter, Victoria Day and Canada Day and I was wondering if I could drive back home for the long weekends.
That's a really good question, if anyone who's been to Rigaud during the spring/ summer can shed some light on this it would be greatly appreciated, also does St Jean Baptiste get included in there as a potential day off as well? (Quebec's national holiday on June 24th)

Thanks,
The federal government doesn’t observe provincial holidays so doubtful on that one but I cannot speak to the other half of this question.
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Postby vanessa11 » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:57 pm

PrairieFire31 wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:11 pm
Tavio06 wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:54 pm
hkhachik wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:09 am
Does anyone know how stat holidays work while you're in Rigaud? Are there classes during holidays? I will be in Rigaud during Easter, Victoria Day and Canada Day and I was wondering if I could drive back home for the long weekends.
That's a really good question, if anyone who's been to Rigaud during the spring/ summer can shed some light on this it would be greatly appreciated, also does St Jean Baptiste get included in there as a potential day off as well? (Quebec's national holiday on June 24th)

Thanks,
The federal government doesn’t observe provincial holidays so doubtful on that one but I cannot speak to the other half of this question.
Hello everyone! So I was in Rigaud Jan 14th to May 17th 2019 and I remember having a long Easter weekend!
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Postby kittycat1024 » Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:21 am

vanessa11 wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:57 pm

Hello everyone! So I was in Rigaud Jan 14th to May 17th 2019 and I remember having a long Easter weekend!
great! So how long did you wait to start your first post after graduation?
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Postby oxlemar » Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:33 am

PrairieFire31 wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:11 pm
Tavio06 wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:54 pm
hkhachik wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:09 am
Does anyone know how stat holidays work while you're in Rigaud? Are there classes during holidays? I will be in Rigaud during Easter, Victoria Day and Canada Day and I was wondering if I could drive back home for the long weekends.
That's a really good question, if anyone who's been to Rigaud during the spring/ summer can shed some light on this it would be greatly appreciated, also does St Jean Baptiste get included in there as a potential day off as well? (Quebec's national holiday on June 24th)

Thanks,
The federal government doesn’t observe provincial holidays so doubtful on that one but I cannot speak to the other half of this question.
We do observe provincial holidays. Public servants employed in Quebec get Saint Jean Baptiste day and those in Ontario get Civic day in August.

As for the others the provinces the following applies:" one additional day in each year that, in the opinion of the Employer, is recognized to be a provincial or civic holiday in the area in which the employee is employed or, in any area where, in the opinion of the Employer, no such additional day is recognized as a provincial or civic holiday, the first (1st) Monday in August".

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Postby hoss1920 » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:00 pm

dankmb wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:31 pm
DrancsCDN wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:31 am
kittycat1024 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:47 am
Just wonder why some candidates can skip the OTEE directly go for interview?
Back in November 13 2018 I received an email from CBSA stating that i met the merit criteria identified for screening with my graduation with a minimum two-year college diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution (2 year Police Foundation College Diploma).

Which resulted with my candidacy being considered for the next step of the process which consist of the interview (Basically meaning I was exempted from the OTEE).

I guess the process had some changes in the last few years and are not accepting exemption anymore. I always thought it was a way to streamline the process to try and make it faster.


Ya I know their used to be an exemption with the old written tests and slowly when they transitioned to the OTEE. however i don't believe there is an exemption anymore - I've read that people with Bachelor degrees still wrote the OTEE, which is considered a higher education than say Police Foundations. I don't think anyone should be exempt from OTEE anymore though, it's a great tool to measure how well people test and collect their analytical skills. All speculation though.
I've got an undergrad degree and I wrote the OTEE back in Sept 2018
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Postby Tornelco » Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:10 pm

I'll drop in, applied in April 2018 with a College Diploma and was exempt from the OTEE. However I was not exempt from the OTEE when I applied for the student CBSA position in December 2018 (I returned to school to upgrade my diploma to a degree) I had to write the OTEE (and passed).

But yes, back in 2018, the CBSA openly advertised an OTEE exemption for anyone with a 2-year diploma or higher.
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