Government Job Applications
Addressing selection criteria, panel interviews, and lengthy recruitment processes ... Welcome to the world of government applications.
The Government Job Application Process
Applying for a government job is a very different process to applying for a 'normal' job. There are a number of reasons for these different recruitment processes, but the biggest is that the salaries for government employees comes from our taxes, and the government has an obligation to show the public that they are spending their money wisely, and employing the right people. The process is set and documented, and appeals against decisions can be made in certain situations. You can't get a job in the government because your brother-in-law recommended you, networking plays no part in getting government job.
- Most of the vacancies aren't advertised in the paper or career websites like most normal jobs.
- You can't send your resume in "just in case" an opportunity comes up, it will not be held on file or considered for future vacancies.
- Your application will take you at least three times as long as a normal application, if not longer.
- The interview will be infront of a panel, who again will question you against the key selection criteria.
- The best person doesn't always get the job, often the best application writer will get the job.
The most important thing you can do is pay attention to the selection documentation and write the best possible statements addressing selection criteria that you can!
General information about selection
General information about government interviews
Free Selection Criteria Examples
An extract from Selection Criteria Exposed, get your hands on 5 free selection criteria examples!
Free ebook "How to Get a Government Job"
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How to select a selection criteria writer
Don't hire the wrong writer, find out what you should be looking for in a selection criteria writer.
Selection Criteria - Top 5 Tips
Read our top 5 tips for selection criteria
Government Resumes - Top 5 Tips
Read our top 5 tips for government resumes
Selection Criteria Myths
Could you be doing your selection criteria all wrong without even knowing it? Find out the selection criteria response myths
Job Application Templates
Microsoft Word templates for your cover letter, resume and statements against selection criteria. Go to the application templates page
Interviews Inside Out
30 tips for your next government interview.
Interview with a Government Recruiter
What does a government recruiter think about applicants and panels? Read the government recruiter interview.
Where are your best chances of getting a job? What industries, & what states? Look through the employment indexes.
Salary surveys, primarily from the private sector. Browse the salary surveys.
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Working for the Government
Government jobs can provide long-lasting and fulfilling
careers filled with unique experiences and the knowledge that you are
working in a job that is ultimately serving the nation.
Different types of government jobs
government (or federal government) employs public
servants across Australia in areas such as primarily include national
matters, such as trade and commerce, currency, immigration, defence,
telecommunications and welfare.
The state governments employ public servants within their own state such as police, schools, roads, hospitals, public housing and business regulation.
Local governments employ public servants within a council or shire. They are responsible for town planning, building works, local roads, parking, water and sewerage, waste disposal, domestic animals and community facilities.