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Get That Job! The Best Guide to Applying for a Government Job

Get That Job Book

INTRODUCTION   

How to Use This Book
The Government - An Introduction
Why Work for the Government?
How your Application will be Assessed
The Selection Process   
        The Order of Merit    
        “Several Positions”    
        Differences Between Public & Private Sector Processes
Chapter 6: A note on WorkChoices   

THE GOVERNMENT
   
Federal Government  
        Australian Public Service employment classifications    
        Legislation governing employment in the APS    
        Finding Opportunities    
        Eligibility Requirements  
        The Public Service Board Exam    
        What is Required of an Application    
        Closing Dates    
NSW State Government
        Legislation governing employment in the NSW State Government    
        Finding Opportunities    
        Eligibility Requirements    
        What is Required of an Application    
        More information    
VIC State Government   
        Legislation governing employment in the VPS    
        Finding Opportunities    
        Eligibility Requirements    
        What is Required of an Application    
        More information    
QLD State Government  
        Finding Opportunities    
        Eligibility Requirements    
        What is required of an application    
        More information    
ACT Government   
        Legislation governing employment in the ACT Government    
        Finding Opportunities    
        Eligibility Requirements    
        What is Required of an Application    
        More Information    
SA State Government   
        Legislation governing employment in the SA State Govt.   
        Finding Opportunities    
        Eligibility Requirements  
        What is Required of an Application    
        More Information    
TAS State Government
        Legislation governing employment in the Tasmania State Govt. Finding Opportunities    
        Finding Opportunities          
        Eligibility Requirements    
        What is Required of an Application    
        More Information   
WA State Government
        Legislation governing employment in the WA State Government   
        Finding Opportunities    
        Eligibility Requirements    
        What is required of an application    
        More Information    
NT Government  
        Legislation governing employment in the SA State Govt    
        Finding Opportunities    
        Eligibility Requirements    
        What is required of an application    
        More Information    
Local Government   
        Victoria    
        New South Wales    
        Queensland    
        Western Australia    
        South Australia    
        Northern Territory    
        Tasmania   

THE APPLICATION   

Before Applying
        Research the position    
        The Contact Officer    
                Questions to ask a contact officer
        The Top 5 Job Search Mistakes  

The Written Application    

Application forms    
                Answering specific questions on an application form    

Cover Letters    
                Cover letter tips    
                Cover Letter Example    
       
Resume / Curriculum Vitae    
                Resume Tips        
                Types of Resumes & examples of well written resumes    
                        1.  Chronological   
                        2.  Functional       
                        3.  Combination   
                Sections of a Resume    
                        1.  Personal Details    
                        2.  Profile        
                        3.  Education        
                        4.  Employment History    
                        5.  Referees        
                        Optional Sections    
                Special types of resumes    
                        Military to Civilian Transition Resume and examples
                        Resume For Someone With Limited Work Experience and examples   
                Resume Checklist    
       
Referees - Getting the Best out of them    
       
Selection Criteria    
                What are Selection Criteria?
                Types of Selection Criteria
                How to Address Criteria
                5 Step Formula for Addressing Selection Criteria
                Putting the Criterion into Context
                Steps to Deciphering a Criterion
                Brainstorming, Career Journalling, Mind-Mapping and Listing
                Taking an Inventory of What you have to Offer
                Creating a Skills Inventory Worksheet
                Drafting Statements Against Selection Criteria
                Structuring your Statements Against Selection Criteria
                Competency Frameworks (that can give you the answers!)
                Strategies for using Examples
                Selection Criteria Template
                Common generic criteria, what they mean and what to cover:    
                        Ability to work as an individual     
                        Achieves results
                        Administrative skills
                        Analytical skills        
                        Attention to detail
                        Change Management
                        Customer Service
                        Decision making ability    
                        Equity and Diversity    
                        Flexibility
                        Interpersonal skills        
                        Liaison skills        
                        Occupational Health and Safety  
                        Oral communication skills
                        Organisational ability /prioritising / time management
                        Problem Solving   
                        Productive working relationships
                        Teamwork        
                        Strategic thinking / planning
                        Written communication skills    
                        Leadership / people management abilities    
                        Organisational Values    
                Action Verbs (over 200 listed)
                When Criteria are Weighted
                What are Work Level Standards?
                Selection Criteria Myths  
                Selection Criteria examples and what's wrong with them
                Examples of well written criteria
                Selection Criteria Checklist    
       
Final Application Checklist    

The Interview    
        The 3 P’s to a Great Interview    
        What to ask when you are contacted for an interview    
        What to expect at a Public Service interview    
        Do’s        
        Don’ts    
        Interview Questions:    
                Quantitative    
                Hypothetical (or Situational)    
                Behavioural    
        How to Prepare for a Behavioural Interview    
        Questions that you might ask    
        Practice Interview questions  

The Outcome   
        Engagement   
        Promotion    
        Transfer or Reassignment    
        Appeals in the Australian Public Service    
        When you don’t agree    
        Independent Selection Advisory Committees in the APS    
        Workplace Diversity    

BONUS SECTION   

Maintaining an Attitude
Applying for a Position that you're Already Acting in
The Value of Professional Resume Writers
Career Journal
Checklists   
        Resume Checklist    
        Selection Criteria Checklist    
        Final Check

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