Resumes that get you short-listed in the APS

Getting in to the Australian Public Service (APS)

I’ve spent a lot of time in Canberra working in Federal politics, and the Australian Public Service (APS) in the Department of Employment. I’m still trying to get warm after those winters!

APS resumes require at least three drafts, so give a resume writer a full week. Do your research first to ensure you satisfy the entry criteria. You will need to form a partnership with the resume writer to answer questions.

We don’t write selection criteria for APS jobs because recruiters want to know about your subjective work experience.

They can also tell when a professional writer has written a selection criteria (and cover letter). It’s a major negative. Answering selection criteria is time consuming, so set aside four days to get it right.

Below is the scree from the APS jobs portal.

“The Australian Public Service (APS) is the place to realise your potential.

APS employees can fill a wide range of roles, and are provided generous support and remuneration in locations across Australia.

The APS jobs website is your gateway to a challenging and rewarding career in the APS.

APS jobs will help you to discover the many career paths the APS has to offer by linking you to vacancies available in the APS, the Parliamentary Service and many other Australian Government agencies.

APS jobs publishes vacancies every weekday in a range of job categories across entry level positions through to senior leadership roles.

Are you an accountant, IT professional, project manager, HR professional or just looking to get into these fields?

These careers and many more are available within the APS and can provide you with the opportunity to be part of developing, supporting and implementing policies and programs that shape the nation.”

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