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 […]

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. Day-to-day, managers and team leaders […]

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. The data they ‘crunch’ can range from financial data to school enrolment data, and they can then use this […]

At one time or another, all contractors ask the same question: “What does my agency do to earn its cut of my pay?” (Sometimes the question is not put so politely!) The Johnson Group does not take a cut of your pay. The Johnson Group pays you, and charges the client a management fee for […]

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 […]

The term ‘researcher’ is fairly self-explanatory—as you’d expect, researchers are responsible for doing the research to underpin government policy. This research can take a wide variety of forms. A researcher may work on public surveys or focus groups, talking directly to people about their concerns. An example of this might be a researcher who is […]

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 […]

Over the years, we’ve worked with many professional contractors. Most have been successful and happy. Here are some tips for a successful career in contracting: Bonus tip: Don’t sign anything you don’t understand. Contracts are legally binding and you should know what your commitments are. For more great tips, check out the Business Govt Website.

Here at The Johnson Group we see a number of professionals join our talent pool every week. Their applications, like the people themselves, come in all different shapes and sizes, some with a lot of information and others with less. One thing we have noticed more and more recently is the number of applications that […]