Got a call three weeks ago from a local CF base. Have been out for almost 16 months now, and the 3B priority service finally called to let me know that a clerks position for three days a week was open. Was very pleased to tell the HR staff clerk that a) my qualifications qualified me for a managerial position in HR so I was not interested in a clerk position, and b) I was already working as an HR consultant for triple what the CF was offering me so I really didnt need the offer anyway.
Went on to a lengthy conversation with the clerk and learned a bit more about how the system worked.
1) Demonstrated that the system is not very fast. The emphasis is finding positions for those former service members who have not been able to find employment anywhere since they were released. In other words, you want another federal job? Tough cookies. You're better off applying under a seperate screening and hiring system.
2) Despite a multitude of federal departments across Canada and a consistent level of job turnover, it is curious that the only federal department who had an opening after 16 months was the CF. (WTF? this is complete BS) Apparently former CF personnel are not popular with non-CF federal departments, who would prefer to have ex-DFO working for DFO, and ex-RCMP working for RCMP, etc.
3) Despite years of proven and successful managerial skill and experience, you cannot be employed in any managerial role in a federal department unless you have a degree. This is because the civil service pay grades are tied to the military pay grades, including education requirements.
Sorry to pass on bad news but it keeps reinforcing the message that if you want to get a good job after you release (or get released), your best 3 choices are to start your own business, find work with a friend, or get a degree damn quick. Your degree doesnt have to be important or relevant to any business. Get yourself a 3 year coaster program and grab a BS in sociology or babylonian pottery. They dont care what your grade average was or what courses you took, all that matters is that you got a degree, because your degree automatically guarantees that you are intelligent, can manage people, and are able to accomplish tasks.