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Ask RiotACT: Where to from redundancy for an older gentlemen

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A year ago my father-in-law was made redundant from his job where he had spent the last 15 years working. Since then he hasn’t been able to find a job – the main reason is his ability to communicate isn’t the best due to loss of hearing and English is his second language. He seems [...]

Want to be a Park Ranger?


The ACT Government is looking for new ACT Parks and Conservation Rangers.
“The ACT Government’s annual Ranger recruitment is a great opportunity for people who enjoy working outdoors to play a vital role in the conservation and land management of ACT’s parks and reserves,” Mr McNamara said.
“We are looking for entry level Ranger Grade One and [...]

Corporate fit and attitude equals discrimination by Canberra recruiting firms.

By 28 May 2012

I’ve been looking for work for about two months now after the company I was working for lost a contract and announced it would have to make some of us redundant. So have my co-workers.
I’ve been advised of several job opportunities through two major recruiting companies I registered with.
Strangely, one of my co-workers [...]

Thoughts about the two APS recruitment systems

By 12 April 2012

One of the most difficult things for an outsider to grasp about the APS is the complex system that determines staff recruitment and advancement through the ordinary ranks of the public service.  Anyone who has spent any time in the APS will soon become familiar with the two mechanisms used to manage that system – [...]

Are you worth $40k? or $120k?

By 26 October 2011

The Auditor-General is hiring, which is nice.
But boy, that’s one hell of a salary band. Which do you think the candidates will be shooting for?

Correct response to APS interview question?

By 13 January 2011

Being a new year, with new hopes, I wanted to canvass the correct answer to a very standard APS interview question.  I’ve been in the APS long enough to know I should see this coming and slam dunk it several times over – but seemingly I’ve been unable to.
The question is: “The minister’s office (or [...]

43% of public servants to retire over the next 10 years?

By 26 November 2010

The ABC has a piece on the release of the State of the Service report indicating some major succession issues for the Australian Public Service.
More than 43 per cent of permanent will become eligible for retirement in the next 10 years.
APS commissioner Stephen Sedgwick says the service is facing a recruitment time bomb.
“That puts [...]

Wanna be a firie?

By 1 November 2010

If the life of a calendar model appeals you’ll be thrilled to know Simon Corbell has announced he’s looking for 36 new fire fighters.
More information is on the ESA website and applications close on 14 November 2010 at 11pm.

Career change – Joining ACT Policing

By 18 October 2010

I’ve been considering joining the police force for a little while now but really wanted to get some opinions from current or ex ACT police officers.
I’m currently working in the I.T. industry and have been doing so for over ten years now.
The job’s not too bad as far as jobs go but it’s [...]

Becoming a paramedic?

By 12 October 2010

I have been contemplating becoming a paramedic for some time now.
I would be keen to hear from current, student, former, or other aspiring paramedics out there, about being a paramedic in the ACT, or elsewhere.
I am particularly interested in people’s views about the pathways into the paramedic profession. Is it better, for example, to complete [...]

Previous recruits disappointing to Chief Police Officer

By 24 September 2010

The Canberra Times brings the intriguing news that ACT Policing is abandoning the AFP’s national recruitment process, due to dissatisfaction with the results to date:
ACT Policing will for the first time source its own recruits in a bid to overcome a high staff turnover and attract Canberra-raised cops.
Chief Police Officer Roman Quaedvlieg said yesterday he [...]

APS contract dilema?

By 18 July 2010

Hi all, I have an urgent need to move jobs and I wont go into why that is. I’m looking into entering the public service and have an interview next week. However I’m concered that if successful it could possibly take months to find out and for the position to commence. Is that accurate? Due [...]

Breaking the APS barrier?

By 8 March 2010

I am currently working in a temporary, non ongoing APS job which finishes at the end of this month. I am trying to find an ongoing APS job to work in. However I have always had problems with answering the selection criteria. Although I consider my writing skills (I am a Technical writer / IT [...]

Pimp my skillz

By 31 March 2009

I’m looking to move on in life, or at least the career bit of it, and I was wondering if anyone had any good (or notably bad) experiences with any of the professional job-finding or consulting agencies in town?
I’m an indoorsy paper-pusher with pretentions to communications or light research, and I work for the government.

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