The Contact Officer is a Crucial Step Towards Your Government Career

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By Patrick Stephens

When applying for a job in the government, a large amount of individuals come to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about ringing the government contact officer detailed on the job ad. And yet, successful job applicants usually have a single thing in common, and this is that they did ring the contact officer and had a chat on about the position. The benefits to contacting the contact officer will invariably outweigh any nervousness you might have about making the contact, and the information you gather could be what will get you the government interview.

Always get in contact with the contact officer, and each government job that you want to apply for. Even when you have applied for an equivalent vacancy before, or a job in a similar division, or had a conversation with a related contact officer in the past, you never know what may be different for this placement or what fresh tips you might obtain.

Every vacancy for a job in the government should list the title and phone number of a contact person. If the vacancy announcement only lists the employment or human resources department, contact them and find out there is any person you can speak with exclusively about the regular elements of the government job. This really is crucial if you wish to get the most appropriate advice to include in your prepared job application.

Most of the time the contact officer will be on the selection advisory committee, and you would be shocked how many panels take this contact as an indication of effort, which is looked at later in the selection process.

Prior to calling the contact officer, write down a list of inquiries to ask about, which will simplify any aspects of uncertainty or concern about the government work you are considering, or tips on how to address your selection criteria.

In certain situations, it could be suitable to go to the contact officer to view the working surroundings, and find out far more with regards to the organisation's mandate and where the unoccupied vacancy fits and what it's like to work in a job in the government. Take down information and file them in your job folder (that is certainly another essential element of your overall career search).

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