The job description determines the sort of candidates you look for and the person you eventually hire. You can write more effective job descriptions by:

Defining the essential skills for the job.

Sample screen from Working in Canada tool

These skills provide the foundation for learning and make it possible for people to grow in their jobs and adapt to workplace change. EHRC has defined essential skills profiles and standards for several key occupations in the electricity and renewable energy sector – for more information on available EHRC supports, see the Resources section.

Defining the duties, responsibilities and other requirements of the job.

HRSDC’s Working in Canada tool ( allows you to develop a customized report containing credential recognition information, job descriptions, skill and education requirements, wages and job opportunities in a specific region for a specific occupation.

ESC has developed job descriptions for the key occupations in the industry:

When drafting the job description, use plain language to accurately define the position (for more on language in the recruiting process, see Success factors in selecting ITWs). 

For non-regulated occupations, considering voluntary certification that may apply.

Sample job description from Bright Futures BC website

If you prefer candidates who have this certification, make this clear in your job postings.

Asking for relevant work experience instead of Canadian work experience.

For many jobs, relevant work experience is what matters, not the country where the work was done. In fact, in many spheres of activity, there might be greater supply of experience outside of Canada. Relevant work experience might mean, for example – recent experience with large hydroelectric construction projects, wind turbines, or smart meters.