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How to Write and Talk to Selection Criteria

How to Write and Talk to Selection Criteria 5th edition

ISBN 9780975756133

How to Write and Talk to Selection Criteria receives Highly Commended

in the 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."

The fifth edition is designed for adult career changers, public servants, trainees and graduates interested in progressing their career in government.

70 more pages in improved larger B5 format

New chapters offering:

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

Nationally recognised as 'the bible' on this subject

Best seller since 1996

Based on a sense-making framework called Mental Nutrition, and a career management perspective, this updated edition focuses on how to manage your public service career, how to write evidence-based, results-focused, job-matched resumes and applications and how to present a convincing case at a job interview.

What does the book cover? Read the Table of Contents below to see the breadth of this new edition.

You can order your copy now so you can increase your chances of winning the job of your dreams.

    Table of Contents


Part 1: Career management for public servants

Chapter 1 A public service career

Outlines the range of roles, work and career paths in the public service, routes into the public service and how to judge what level to pitch for.

Chapter 2: Job seeker as career manager and sense-maker

Explains the importance of managing a career, adopting an employability mindset and building sense-making skills.

Chapter 3: Know what you offer

Illustrates five tools to support your career and reduce the stress of job applications.

Chapter 4: Fifty ideas for managing your career

Shows how to be a career activist and take an active role in managing your career.

Part 2: How it all works

Chapter 5: Understanding government selection processes

Outlines key stages in government staff selection processes and the types of application processes in use.

Chapter 6: How to read a government job advertisement

Shows what information to notice and what key details mean.

Chapter 7: Entry level programs

Outlines programs available for trainees, cadets, apprentices and graduates, and offers tips for applications.

Chapter 8: Making sense of capability frameworks

Explains what capability frameworks are and how to read them. Offers definitions of 61 terms used in capability frameworks and sets of questions to identify response material for core capabilities.

Chapter 9: Interpreting the job context

Suggests seven questions to ask in order to fully understand the job. Offers five ways to further research a job, including questions to ask contact officers.

Part 3: The application

Chapter 10: Writing to selection criteria

Explains and illustrates a three-step process for writing strong, evidence-based responses to selection criteria.

Chapter 11: Values-based management

Outlines what is meant by values and ethics criteria, and criteria about diversity, equal employment opportunity, participative work practices, workplace health and safety, and customer service.

Chapter 12: Preparing your résumé

Identifies 10 mistakes in résumés and how to avoid them. Shows what to include in a résumé and how to write a results-based work history.

Chapter 13: Helping your referees

Explains what makes a useful referee report and offers 10 tips for managing referees.

Chapter 14: A case study: Lee Koudbee climbs high

Illustrates the suggestions in Part 3 as applied to both job-specific and capability-based selection criteria.

Part 4: The interview

Chapter 15: What to expect

Challenges faulty thinking about job interviews, outlines what could happen at a job interview and offers suggestions for making a positive impression. Tips are provided on telephone and video interviews.

Chapter 16: Sixteen confidence-building strategies

Explains 16 ideas for mental preparation prior to a job interview.

Chapter 17: The art of self-promotion

Shows how to prepare for nine commonly used self-promotion questions.

Chapter 18: Types of interview questions

Explains the types of questions used by interviewers and shows how to prepare responses. Explains how to anticipate possible interview questions.

Chapter 19: After the interview

Explains the need to keep records and obtain feedback and how this information feeds into further career management.

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