Three templates to land your dream job in the public service

By Apolitical

Friday November 13, 2020

The APS situation is said to be desperate
The APS situation is said to be desperate. (ty/Adobe)

Have you ever sat down to apply for a job or promotion and thought ‘I wish someone could just get this started for me’?

We’ve got you covered.

This new series of templates, created in collaboration with public servants around the world, will provide a framework for you to get started on common tasks and skills required in public service job applications, from writing a personal statement to preparing answers for a job interview.

Work experience & CV template: How to get started

As part of a written application, you will likely need to share your prior work experience, or possibly a full CV.

Even if you aren’t asked to submit a full CV, this guide can help you organise your thoughts and prioritise the most relevant experiences for you to share. You’ll also find some helpful tips and tricks on organising your CV, if you are asked to submit a formal one.


STAR answer template: Master the format for interviews or written applications

It can be tricky to know whether you’ve convincingly demonstrated a certain behaviour or competency when applying for a new role, especially when you’re on the spot in an interview.

The STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result) is a great way to showcase your ability and ensure the information you’re providing is detailed and meaningful. The technique can be used in both written applications and interviews. The method is particularly useful when it comes to interviews and is recommended by many civil services, including the UK and Canada.

Use this template to help you prepare for interviews or written applications, by mastering the STAR technique.


Personal statement template: Tips & tricks to ace your personal statement

Many job applications will ask you to write some kind of personal statement – even if it officially goes by a different name. A personal statement allows you to demonstrate your suitability for a role by providing evidence against the essential criteria as outlined in the job description.

Use this template to guide you next time you write a personal statement, and to write clearly and cohesively about your past experiences and skills.


This article is curated from Apolitical.

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