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How to Write and Talk to Selection Criteria


How to Write and Talk to Selection Criteria 6th edition

ISBN: 9780975756140

Format: EPUB – suitable for Kindle, IPhone, IPad, Android Phone or Tablet

ISBN: 9780975756157

Format: PDF – with Index

Revised, updated and extended, this new digital edition prepares a public sector applicant for 21st century skills, in an online environment, with a focus on value, results, and contribution.

Based on a sense-making framework called Mental Nutrition, and a career management perspective, this new edition shows you how to manage your public sector career, how to write evidence-based, results-focused, job-matched résumés, applications and EOIs, and how to present a convincing case at a job interview.

What’s new?

  • Are you skilled in contextual analysis so you can make a case for ‘Why you’?
  • Can you craft a value-rich expression of interest/statement of suitability in 2 succinct pages?
  • Do you understand the capability frameworks that apply in the APS, in your state or territory, in your profession?
  • Can you prepare responses on strategic thinking, policy, leadership and management?
  • Are you up-to-date on changes in public sector value statements, on social media policy, and ethical dilemmas?
  • Can you accurately read an online public sector job advertisement so you don’t miss vital details?

If you answered ‘No’ to these questions, then you could be jeopardising your next career move.

Contextual analysis is now the basis of a strong application with particular attention to four work characteristics: volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. The sixth edition helps you understand the nature of complexity and how it applies to judging seniority level, leadership and example choice.

Whether you’re applying for the public service, a public sector role, or any job that uses selection criteria, this edition gives you the know-how for avoiding 20 critical, career-limiting traps that undermine people’s efforts to win a job. Ten of these traps are:

  • Not managing one’s career.
  • Not researching and analysing the job description.
  • Not knowing what you have to offer.
  • Not knowing how to read a capability framework.
  • Not writing an expression of interest that makes a case for a job.
  • Not focusing on results.
  • Not tailoring a résumé to the job.
  • Not strategically preparing for an interview.
  • Avoiding self-promotion opportunities.
  • Not mastering interview language practices.

New chapters offer:

  • 13 ways to edit responses to meet strict word/page limits
  • 5 steps for crafting a value-laden expression of interest/suitability statement
  • Ideas on responding to challenging criteria: strategic thinking, policy, leadership, management, and conflict
  • 11 language practices to boost interview performance
  • Ideas on responding to six challenging interview questions including difficult people, leadership, and strategic thinking.

Updated and expanded chapters now include:

  • Social media: their role in career management, policies relevant to personal and official use, their role in stakeholder engagement
  • A summary of state, territory and professional capability frameworks
  • Steps to forming an effective interview strategy
  • Values-based management: changes across jurisdictions, ethical issues, engaging with risk.

Tools include 120 informal role terms and 550 action verbs to use in applications.

Retained and revised chapters offer:

  • 50 ideas for managing your career
  • how to make sense of capability frameworks, with 61 key terms explained
  • 8 questions for interpreting a job context so you show a close job fit
  • 10 mistakes people make in writing résumés and what to do about them
  • how to anticipate what interview questions you could be asked
  • 13 ideas for managing interview nerves
  • an extended career case study illustrating job-specific and capability-based applications and a suitability statement/EOI

Read the Table of Contents to see the breadth of this new edition.

Author: Dr Ann Villiers is Australia’s only Mental Nutritionist® specialising in the sense-making process. Ann has interviewed hundreds of applicants and coached numerous people to greater application and interview confidence. Dr Villiers is a career coach, professional speaker and author who delivers workshops in applying for jobs and selecting staff.

Awards: How to Write and Talk to Selection Criteria, Fifth edition, received Highly Commended in the 2012 Non-Fiction section of the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.

"Judges' comments: The book is a slick, highly readable, professionally designed and competently edited guide to the complicated process of applying for public sector jobs. If there is a better, more helpful, tool around for first time and seasoned applicants, the judges were not aware of it."

How to Write and Talk to Selection Criteria, Fourth edition, received Highly Commended, in the 2006 Non-Fiction section of the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.


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