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Job Selection Criteria’s.

By Mick - 27 February 2009 61

Job Selection Criteria’s.

Lord knows they have to be the dumbest and most arbitrary method of hiring someone, but for some reason the Public Service still insists that applicants do them. I am sure it stops many good applicants, who are unfamiliar with SC’s, from applying at all.

But there is a method to writing a good one, and I was wondering if Rioters knew of anyone that provided assistance on compiling SC’s for a fee.

What’s a good rate for these sorts of things?

Thanks for any help!

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Job Selection Criteria’s.
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mistertim 7:02 pm
27 Feb 09
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Check out the book “How to Address Selection Criteria” by Ann D. Villiers.

Google that phrase and you’ll find some good info as well.

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Gungahlin Al 7:19 pm
27 Feb 09
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And pay attention to errant apostrophes?? Three in the one post…

Most departmental websites have information on how to do it via the STAR method (try DAFF for instance).

Also APSC has a very good course called Marketing Yourself into an Executive Level Position. Great facilitator and he takes a quite different approach to STAR. It is on my ‘best of’ courses attended list.

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Clown Killer 7:24 pm
27 Feb 09
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Agreed mistertim. There’s a bunch of resources available on-line and from the ‘business’ or ‘professional development’ sections of most good book shops – try Daltons Bookshop in town.

From my own experience assessing job applicants the most common error you come across is a failure to properly address criteria. For example, a criterion that asks you to demonstrate your proficiency is not an invitation to list all the jobs or projects you’ve been involved in – the panel will be looking for an insight into your skill-set and how you might apply that in situations relevant to their needs – if they want to know what jobs you’ve held they’ll look in your CV.

Sure selection criteria suck but in a tightening market where they might now be getting 50-100 or more applications per vacant position, they need some way to sort out the contenders from the pretenders. Keep it simple and to the point with as much detail as you can squeeze in but don’t pad it – the panels going to have to read through your application along with a bunch of others and waffle rarely gets you through to the interview round.

It’s often possible to spot applicants who have used professionals to help them write applications – particularly when they get to interview and from my point of view, I immediately worry that if the applicant needed help applying for the job how are they going to manage the actual job on their own.

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Pommy bastard 7:34 pm
27 Feb 09
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Gungahlin Al said :

And pay attention to errant apostrophes?? Three in the one post…

Ouch!!The grocer’s apostophe rides again.

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LaLa 7:37 pm
27 Feb 09
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Gungahlin Al said :

And pay attention to errant apostrophes?? Three in the one post…

I don’t think he was asking you to critique his post, merely provide advice.

What a way to encourage people to feel comfortable about posting on here.

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realityskin 7:40 pm
27 Feb 09
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kevn 7:41 pm
27 Feb 09
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Yep, Villiers is all over the public service…

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cranky 7:56 pm
27 Feb 09
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When errant apostophes are apparently more notable than the content of the post, you may well begin to understand the private sectors jaundiced view of the public service mentality.

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housebound 8:10 pm
27 Feb 09
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cranky said :

When errant apostophes are apparently more notable than the content of the post, you may well begin to understand the private sectors jaundiced view of the public service mentality.

heh, heh … no apostrophic mistakes there.

I have quite a few very technical friends who can write but think they can’t, so they get a professional to do their applications for them – even for the technical jobs. A good quality professional will only ever write what is really there, and it takes a lot of effort from the applicant. Someone has to come up with the facts.

People who can write, or for whom writing is easy, should never be so arrogant as to mock those who have trouble stringing words together on paper.

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trevar 8:19 pm
27 Feb 09
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cranky said :

When errant apostophes are apparently more notable than the content of the post, you may well begin to understand the private sectors jaundiced view of the public service mentality.

The use of apostrophes is relevant to the content of the post. I even work in the private sector and still judge people’s capacity to perform at work by how they communicate. Seems wise to advise someone who is wanting to apply for public service positions but doesn’t know what to do with an apostrophe to learn what to do with an apostrophe.

Granted, it could be done more politely, such as my addition:

Also, ‘criteria’ is plural, and it’s singular form is ‘criterion’, so the first apostrophic (!) problem is a moot point.

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Piratemonkey 8:22 pm
27 Feb 09
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Selection criteria arn’t fun but once you get the knack for them its not too bad. After that the hardest part is grammer and speeling and keeping it short and sweet.

Basically look at the question as: As an opportunity to say why you think your background would make you good at the proposed job. It might ask some obvious question about dealing with people that everyone should know without even thinking. Alas many dont :-(

You could answer this by saying while at uni you worked at a resturant part time. In this role you learnt valuable lessons about interaction about different types of people and how to calmly take control of difficult situations with customers and steer them towards the most positive outcome. (Id throw a quick example in here) You then mention you feel these universally useful skills will greatly aid your smooth transition into your new feild and help throughout your daily duties.

Thats how i look at them anyways. Feel free to offer advice. As I scored a new job not long ago i guess im on the right track :-) I woulda argue SC’s are good to help find those who can articulate themselves better which is a handy skill. Sucks for introverted bean counters and IT nerds tho 😛

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sepi 8:22 pm
27 Feb 09
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There are people in the back of the jobs pages of the Canberra Times who advertise that they write selection criteria and CVs. I don’t know anyone who has used them tho.

A good start is to have a look at some other people’s successful job applications for similar jobs.

And always get someone else to read your application thru before you submit it. They will see parts that are confusing, and may find typos and apostrophes that you have missed.

I’ve actually thought about writing selection criteria for people as a work from home thing. I’ve almost always got interviewed for anything I’ve applied for. I’d like to know what the going rate is too.

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Piratemonkey 8:26 pm
27 Feb 09
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“about interaction WITH different types of people” Oops.
*Piratemonkey run’s due to the nearby nammar grazi’s*

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54-11 8:35 pm
27 Feb 09
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sepi, I sit on APS selection panels (as scribe and convenot) and there is plenty of scope for assistance for many applicants. If you did this, yout charge-out rate would be $30-40 per hour.

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LaLa 8:40 pm
27 Feb 09
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A quote I heard was around $400 which included addressing the criteria and revamping a resume.

As someone that works in the private sector dealing with public sector hiring managers it astounds me a high percentage of them place more value on someone addressing the criteria correctly than their performance in an interview. Even if they have enlisted the assistance, paid or unpaid, or someone else.

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