How do I go about get­ting a job in the public sec­tor

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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.

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