Jobseeker Advice

Applying for a Public Sector job

In general, applying for a job is as simple as sending in your CV with a cover letter and waiting to get an interview. The Public Sector is different. Many Public Sector organisations don't accept CV's as a form of application and have their own application form or pack. When completeing CV's or applications, itry to keep it honest and simple but make yourself stand out from the crowd. Don't provide standard responses - tailor your comments to the organisation or industry you want to work for.


Interview preparation is essential in the Public Sector. Recruiters will want to see that you have a knowledge of the organisation or industry and that you will fit in to the Public Sector organisational culture. First impressions count so dress smartly, arrive early and do your homework. Some interviewers will ask you to do a specific task in advance - this is your opportunity to shine so take it seriously. Answer questions positively and truthfully, there is no point lying to an interviewer as you will be caught out if you get the job!

Once you've got the job

It is worth noting that there is often no room for salary negotiation with Public Sector companies- many have structured and rigid salary grades. Do some investigation before youapply to ensure that salaries meet your expectations. Offers will generally be strictly subject to references and it is advisable to wait to receive a contract before you hand in your notice.

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