Thawley’s new recruiting rules swap fixed criteria for ‘one page pitch’

No more selection criteria — jargon and pro-forma duty statements are out, replaced with inspiring ads that tell candidates what the department is trying to achieve.

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s new way of recruiting looks a lot like the private sector. Unless you’re looking for a transfer and wading through APSJobs, candidates won’t see classification or salary bands in job ads anymore.

Those ads won’t only appear on the tired pages of national broadsheets anymore either, with a push to get opportunities front and centre to new sources of news for many potential applicants: on blogs, newsletters, journals and social media.

While the process of applying has not changed mechanically, what goes into the application has simplified to just the resume and a “one page pitch” telling them why you are the best person for the job.

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