Job Seekers

Being a job seeker can be hard work. There is a lot of advice, some of it conflicting, on just about everything from covering letters to negotating contracts! Below you will find a number of articles written by our consultants about getting a job in the public sector.  

What do researchers and evaluators do?

The term 'researcher' is fairly self-explanatory—as you'd expect, researchers are responsible for doing the research to underpin government policy.

What do managers and team leaders do?

Managers and team leaders are 'the glue that binds a policy team together'—they manage policy groups and other analysts. The number of staff a manager or team leader will lead depends on the size of the government department and the team's structure—it can mean anything from two to 20 people.

What do information and data analysts do?

Information and data analysts are concerned with quantitative research and putting explanations around the bare numeric facts. They normally have specialist knowledge in predictive statistical software such as SAS (Statistical Analysis Software), SPSS, Excel or Econometrics.

What does a policy advisor do?

There's often some confusion about the difference between an advisor and a policy analyst—and for good reason, because the two jobs often have a lot of overlap. However an advisor usually works on the periphery of actual policy making, and may have a more operational focus. They are normally more concerned with the functional and operational side of policy, as opposed to the analytic 'nitty gritty' of policy.

What does a policy analyst do?

Simply, policy analysts develop government policies and provide advice and briefing to Ministers and Senior Management. They do this by evaluating, researching and consulting with stakeholders, which will then inform the best advice for the government to adopt. As a result they must be excellent problem solvers, capable of weighing up the pros and cons of a particular policy option and finding which one is the best for their Minister.

How to prepare for your government job interview

There are a few things you can do before your government job interview to ensure that things go smoothly. Preparing ahead of time will also mean you'll enter the job interview feeling much calmer and confident.

Seven tips on writing your government resume

There really isn't any consensus on how to make the best eye-catching resume. Different organisations will want different things, so usually it's best to have a few different versions of your resume on hand—a long version and a short, bullet-pointed version would be a good start. Still, there are some things that everyone wants to see on a resume.

Competency-based interviews - government interviewing techniques

Competencies-based (also called 'behavioural event') interviews are based on the idea that past behaviour is a predictor of future behaviour. Generalised or hypothetical answers are not suitable! Competency-based interviews are often used in government interviews, so we recommend that your answers take the STAR format.

Common job interview mistakes

Giving generalised answers: It is important to be specific in answering questions about your behaviour. Examples you give should be concrete examples from the past.

Using 'we' rather than 'I': When you say "we" it can cause uncertainty about your role in the situation you're describing. When you say "I", it seems more authentic