Between the hours tailoring the resume, creating a new cover letter, AND then addressing all 8 of their selection criteria (half a page each), or answering their targeted questions (1 page each), or writing a 2 page submission addressing every single context of the role - they really are the pits. And when done well, it can take about 8-10 hours to pull together - YIKES.
Currently, public sector roles are, on average, receiving over double the usual number of applicants compared to last year - the competition is fierce.
The only good news, is that consistently over half of the applicants apply very badly and are culled instantly.
My tips for applying for a government role:
✅ Identify roles you actually want and are prepared to put the work in for.
✅ Be choosy as you need to apply well.
✅ Be sure you genuinely meet almost all criteria requirements.
✅ Call the contact person before applying, ask if they have a contractor already in the role!
✅ Have strong STAR examples to include in your application.
✅ Do what they ask, in full, no exceptions.
✅ Spend the time, however long it takes.
Have you applied for a Government role recently? I'd love to know your experiences 👇👇👇