University of Alberta

Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Apply

Once you have searched our employment site for available jobs and found one for which you want to apply, read the job posting carefully. Each posting will state the method(s) for applying and the documents being requested. The application methods and documents may vary depending on the position.

Evaluate the job posting and review the qualifications carefully. Do you meet the qualifications required for the job?

Application Tips

  • If you are applying online, double check the formatting of your resume before you submit it; acceptable formats include Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word 97-2003, Microsoft Word 2007 docx and Rich Text Format.
  • Be sure to keep the competition number and job posting for reference in the event you are called for an interview.

Frequently Asked Questions

Recruitment at the University of Alberta (U of A) is decentralized which means that each department is responsible for their own recruitment and hiring processes. Below are some frequently asked questions for individuals interested in applying for positions at the U of A.

What opportunities are available at the U of A?

All of our current vacancies are posted on our website at You can also visit to find out more about Interim Staffing Solutions (ISS), the U of A’s temporary staffing pool.

How do I apply for a job?

Each competition has specific application instructions at the bottom of the posting; please be sure to apply the way that the hiring department has specified to ensure that your application is received.

How do I know if my application was received?

If you have applied online, you will be forwarded back to a screen of the job posting with a message at the top that says "Application(s) was Submitted Successfully"

Can I apply for more than one position at a time?

You are encouraged to apply for any positions that you are qualified for; it is recommended that you quote the specific competition number on your cover letter.

I applied on competition # xxxx. How long does it take to receive a response for interview?

After the competition is closed it is forwarded to the hiring manager to review. It generally takes 10 business days for a response; however, it may take more or less time depending on the number of applicants and other recruitment circumstances. Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

There is no contact information on the posting; who should I address my cover letter to?

If a hiring department has not included contact information on the posting, it generally means that they are not expecting to receive inquiries. In this situation, we recommend addressing your cover letter to the department that is listed at the top of the posting.

I want to move to Canada; do you hire foreign workers?

It depends on the type of position as well as what kind of applicant pool the department receives. For information on moving to Canada visit Service Canada's immigration website or Government of Alberta Employment and Immigration

I saw a job advertisement but now I can’t find it. What happened to it?

Most likely the posting met the closing date and was taken off the web; however, it’s possible that it was moved to a more appropriate category.

What kind of salary and benefits does the U of A offer for employees?

There are several different benefit plans depending on whether the position is academic, support, continuing or temporary. Visit for a list of benefit plans and for salary scales.

How often are new postings added?

New postings are added on an ongoing basis as positions become available. Check back regularly to stay informed of new vacancies.

Can I send in an application to be kept on file and considered for future vacancies?

Currently we do not have the capacity to keep applications on file and match them to vacancies when they occur; check our website on a regular basis as new postings are added almost everyday.