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

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Write Selection Criteria in Half the Time With Half the Effort

It doesn't have to be as hard as it seems. Let me show you how.

Dear Reader,

My name is Vanessa, and I am a government recruiter. If you're in a situation like I was when I applied for my first government job, then you're probably just realising how time consuming and energy draining writing a government job application can be - especially when it comes to addressing selection criteria and core capabilities!

I quickly realised that if I wanted to get the job of my dreams I was going to have to put some serious effort into my application. I dedicated 6 hours to my selection criteria, and I got my job, which ironically was in government recruitment. I was lucky though. When job advertisements attract an average of 40-50 applications, you only have a 2% to 3% chance of winning a job that you apply for. But, what if I could dramatically improve your chances?

I have spent over 10 years as a professional recruiter, I sit on selection panels across Australia every week for various government departments, and I know what applicants do right, and what they do wrong - most of the time without realising it. Most applicants spend twice as much time as they should on their applications, and end up with something that's only half the quality that it could be. In fact, if you've already started writing your statements against selection criteria you probably already know how much time and frustration you've wasted just trying to get started. And if you don' t do it right, you could lose the job to someone else, the better application writer, even if they aren't the best one for the job.

I am sick and tired of seeing great applicants with fantastic potential waste their chances. Even more frustrating is knowing that it's really not that hard to write a great application!

You don't have to labour for hours on your application, not like I did. You can write an application that will knock the panel's socks off, in half the time you thought it would take. How? I've written down a strategy, and created a plan for you. In this guide, I've come up with a formula that can lead you in five easy steps, from a blank page, to winning statements against the selection criteria, filled with powerful examples of the skills that you take for granted. The guide comes as a downloadable version which means you can purchase the guide instantly online and be using it in a few minutes. As we all know, applications have deadlines and sometimes when you need help, you need help straight away!

But you need more than great selection criteria to win a job. There are cover letters, resumes, interviews and reference checks. Not to mention finding the job in the first place, and trying to make sense of the confusing world of government employment. I've covered it all in this guide, and update it every year to stay on top of changes. All of our products come with a 30 day money back guarantee, so if it doesn't help you, you haven't wasted anything.

All the best with your job application, and I hope that the principles that you learn will enable you to "get that job."

"Stop wasting time on your selection criteria. Give yourself an advantage over the other applicants!"

  • How to unlock your potential and revolutionise how you think about selection criteria.
  • Why most applicants don't target their applications and how you can.
  • Step by step guidance on writing enticing descriptions of what you can do, and what you can offer.
  • The five steps every applicant should take to end up with selection criteria that will get noticed.
  • How to address core capabilities, competencies and capability frameworks.
  • Why the old selection criteria models (STAR, CAR, SAR, PAR) don't work.
  • New trends in selection criteria and government requirements, and how to address them.
  • The top mistakes that applicants make, voted by real selection panels, and how you can avoid them.
  • Why most people undersell themselves and how you can be a self-marketing guru.
  • Comes with access to application templates for GREAT looking applications.
  • How to anticipate interview questions before you even get to the interview.
  • How to use body language in your interview to influence the selection panel.
  • Where to find every permanent government vacancy (there are over 3000 new ones a week).
  • How to unravel the mystery of government recruitment and turn from a loser, into a winner.

... plus over 200 more pages of advice, examples and answers that will put your application on the top of the pile.

If you're worried that your job applications aren't the best that they can possibly be, then this could be the best purchase you ever make

The guide covers 5 essential areas

Nearly 300 pages of powerful information to ensure your next application is a winner.

1. The government and how recruitment processes work

How is working for the government different to working for a "normal" company?
Why are their recruitment processes so different?
What can you expect at each stage of the government selection process?

2. Find a vacancy

There are over 3000 new government jobs advertised every week. Do you know where to find them? Learn where all the positions advertised for federal, state AND local government jobs, temporary and permanent. Didn't see it advertised in the paper or an internet job board? This guide will show you where it is! Don't miss out on that perfect job because you didn't see it advertised!

3. Cover letters, resumes and referees

You'll be given an easy to modify cover letter template, perfect for any application. Plus learn what kind of resume is expected - it's very different to what you might be used to. Could you be including the wrong information in your resume without knowing it? Or are you spending too long on your resume when there are other areas of your application that you should be focusing on?

Also, find out how to help your referees to help you. You can actually influence your reference checks more than you think.

4. Address key selection criteria

You will be lead step by step through the writing process for selection criteria, competencies and capability frameworks and will learn how easy it is to apply core principles to write against any selection criteria or competency, and to talk to the employer, in the employer's language, about what the employer wants.

This book is a must have for anyone who has to address selection criteria or competencies as part of a job application. It provides ground breaking advice on what works, and what doesn't when writing selection criteria and applying for a government job. This guide has been written by an insider to educate you about what is really required, and how to master your statements against key selection criteria.

It also includes:
An easy to follow five step process for producing winning selection criteria
A template for your selection criteria
The most common selection criteria, what they mean and what you responses should include
Strategies for coming up with powerful examples, with over 500 things you could write about
Real-life examples of statements against selection criteria that have won people jobs
Over 100 selection criteria by level

5. Blitz the interview

Find out what to expect at a government interview
How selection criteria are used and assessed at the interview
The kinds of questions that will be asked and how you should answer them
A comprehensive practice interview with questions you might expect (and answers you should give!)
How to use body language to influence the panel
Questions you should ask, and
Tips for presenting a professional edge to your interview

* Bonus Section *

  • Checklists for all areas of your application
  • A career journal template together with instructions for creating a great career portfolio
  • Tips for staying motivated during your job search

Success That Our Customers Have Had

I have picked up lots of books about writing resumes and doing selection criteria, but Get That Job was the only book that showed me what I should write. Everything else was full of theory and fluff. I was looking for something that would tell me what to do and how to do it and this is exactly what I got. Not only did it help me write my application but I also got the job which I applied for, which I think is largely thanks to your publication.
Jeremey, ATO

I recommended your publication to two internal applicants and was astounded by the quality of the applications they submitted! We will be recommending it to others and would like to use your advice on our next internal application writing course.
QLD Government Human Resources Department, (name withheld for privacy).

I had this book recommended to me at an internal seminar I went to about applying for government jobs. I got a copy of it yesterday and I learnt more in ten minutes than I did in the whole three hour seminar! I've already started my application and am really excited about how my selection criteria are shaping up. I will let you know how I go.
Tania, ATO

I just wanted to drop a quick email to let you know that I got an interview after following your selection criteria writing advice. This was my 20th application - I wish I'd found your publication 19 applications ago. Thank you and I will be recommending your books to others.

After reading this book I found a job, applied for it (which this book made quick and easy), had an interview and got the job! If I hadn't stumbled across your website I'm sure I'd still be in my boring old job.Thank you!
Pedro, Centrelink

I've worked for the Victorian State Government for 10 years and thought I knew it all ... and then I found this website! I'm amazed at how many of my assumptions were wrong, and how much I didn't know at all.
Margaret S, Department of Justice

I purchased this book for my son, who had applied for a few APS positions but had not been successful. After following advice from this book, especially regarding interview preparation, he was successful in the next position he applied for. I have been employed myself in the APS for well over a decade, in various departments, & I have recommended this book to a number of people as a great guide.
J.A, (full name withheld for privacy)

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Table of Contents


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


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
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

New South Wales
Western Australia
South Australia
Northern Territory


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 Journaling, 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
Interpersonal skills
Liaison skills
Occupational Health and Safety
Oral communication skills
Organisational ability /prioritising / time management
Problem Solving
Productive working relationships
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
Interview Questions:

Hypothetical (or Situational)

How to Prepare for a Behavioural Interview
Questions that you might ask
Practice Interview questions

The Outcome

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


Maintaining an Attitude
Applying for a Position that you're Already Acting in
The Value of Professional Resume Writers
Career Journal

Resume Checklist
Selection Criteria Checklist
Final Check