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Athabasca University

How to Apply

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Review the full job description.

Review the full job description to make sure you're aware of all the major aspects of the position. Click on the job title to open a Job Details page, which enables you to also link to the full job description.

Step 2: Prepare your application.

Prepare the following items for your application:

  • curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé
  • three references (include their names, phone numbers and email addresses)
  • letter of application (cover letter)

We accept a variety of files but prefer to receive PDFs or Word documents. Prepare two files for your application: one for your résumé and references and another for your cover letter. Plan to apply only for the positions that match your qualifications and experience.

Step 3: Create an account

From the job description page, select 'Submit your resume to this job'. If this is your first time applying to AU, you will need to create an account.

Account set-up tip:

  • Use the same email address for your account that you use in your application. If you don’t, the system will not let you move forward.

Step 4: Submit your résumé and additional details.

Once you have created an account or have logged into the system, you'll be asked to submit your resume and fill out a short form for your resume details.

Submission Tips:

  • AU Recruit allows you to submit your resumé by uploading your resumé file and/or entering your resumé text into the Resume Details form.
  • If you upload your resumé file, you can confirm the system uploaded it by clicking on Resumé/CV Attachments.
  • This area of the AU Recruit system can be confusing. If you run into problems, please email

Step 5: Fill out the screening questionnaire.

After you submit your resume and additional details, you’ll be prompted to fill out a short screening questionnaire. The questionnaire asks for additional information about you and your qualifications and experience as they relate to the position being applied for.

Screening tip:

  • If you feel you are a qualified candidate for a position, we encourage you to apply.  Please note that AU gives priority to internal applicants first, then to applicants who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada or landed immigrants.

Step 6: Submit your letter of application.

After you fill out and submit your screening questionnaire, you’ll be prompted to submit your letter of application (cover letter) by entering the text for your letter into an online Cover Letter form. Our system requires you to submit your letter by using this form.

Letter of application tips:

  • In the Cover Letter Name field of the Cover Letter form, include the title of the job you’re applying for, its four-digit requisition code and your name.
  • Although the system gives you the option to not add a cover letter, we encourage you to do so, as it provides additional insight about you, your interest in a particular position and your qualifications.

Frequently Asked Questions

I submitted my application. Now what happens?

Once you successfully submit your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email from AU Human Resources. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please email

If you're selected for an interview you will be contacted by Human Resources via phone or email. This could happen several days or weeks after you submit your application.

I’m having trouble with the AU job application system. What do I do?

Our apologies if you run into problems when using this system. For assistance, please contact


Updated March 05 2015 by Employment Services, Human Resources

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