How do I go about getting a job in the public sector
IDENTIFY the agencies and departments located in your area with the positions that would best suit you. Once you have narrowed down which federal, state or local authorities to target, start with the career section on the departments’ websites as there will generally be information on what roles are available. Where possible, speak with someone from their HR team or an employee in the role or department you are interested in joining. Review your skills, knowledge and experience and identify any areas you will need to develop to be successful in entering the sector.
Mid-career KELLIE RIGG General manager, HR Solutions Randstad
PEOPLE increasingly recognise the range of opportunities and benefits that come with working in the public sector, including robust training programs and structured career paths. When considering a role within government, I recommend you research the different departments that interest you and how your skill set could match up to the roles available. The best source of information is the government website or job boards. Update your resume and cover letter to highlight how your experience suits these requirements, while addressing the key selection criteria for the role.
Experienced TIM ROCHE Practice leader, Right Management Career Transition
ONE of the biggest challenges is understanding how to effectively respond to the selection criteria associated with public sector roles. It’s likely that this will be relatively consistent across federal, state or local governments. Make sure you obtain an information pack from the contact officer before applying. When responding, provide actual evidence of the competency. For example, if trying to demonstrate analytical thinking, provide an example of an actual situation or scenario that required analytical thinking, how you went about addressing the situation and the outcome.
The Expert MICHELLE BENTLEY General manager, Donington
ACCESSIBILITY to public sector roles depends on many factors, primarily a good alignment in skills, capabilities, knowledge, team fit and cultural organisational fit. If the role is publicly advertised, gain all information available to assist you to prepare of your application, such as process guidelines, job descriptions with listings of essential and desirable criteria. Candidates must be aware that the public sector has a strict criterion-based merit selection process. It is essential to read the how-to-apply guidelines, as selection panels will strictly adhere to these formal requirements.