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Applying for Jobs: Interview Skills & CV Writing

This practical one day training seminar is designed for staff pursuing internal and external job opportunities.

Participants will look at how to use Departmental competency frameworks to demonstrate experience. It will look at how to consider what the reader of an application form may be looking for and how to focus on those issues when completing application forms and writing CVs. It will provide an opportunity to discover and practise interview techniques.

This workshop based day provides delegates with the opportunity to practice their skills in a supportive and guided way, to learn from their peers and share impressions, to improve their skills and techniques throughout the day and top draw up a plan of action.

Programme

9:00
Registration and Refreshments
9:30
Chair’s Introduction
10:45
Workshop Session One – Understanding your Departmental Competency Frameworks
  • Professional Skills for Government (PSG) and the Rationale for Departmental Competency Frameworks
  • Demonstrating Appropriate Behavioural Indicators
  • Building up, keeping Note of, and Presenting Evidence
  • Understanding What the People reading your Application Form are looking for
10:45
Morning Coffee
11:00
Workshop Session Two – Completing Application Forms and Writing CVs
  • Using Departmental Guidance to Best Effect
  • How to apply and use e-Learning Packages
  • Tips and Techniques for Presenting yourself in Application Forms
  • Building a Basic CV
12:00
Workshop Session Three - Preparing for Interviews
  • Preparing the Ground
  • Understanding the Job Description
  • Understanding Interviewing Techniques and what They seek to achieve
  • What do They want to hear?
  • What do You want to say?
  • Listening and Answering the Question
  • How to Answer Questions
  • Focus, Succinctness and Examples
  • First Interviews and Second Interviews
13:00
Lunch
14:00
Workshop Session Four – One on One Interviews with Observers
Scenario, Preparation and Practice
14:30
Facilitated Interview Practice in Groups of Three – Round One
15:00
Afternoon Coffee
15:10
Workshop Session Four – Discussion, Lessons and Applying Recommendations and Conclusions
15:30
Facilitated Interview Practice in Groups of Three – Round Two
16:00
Conclusions and Action Plan
16:30
Final Questions, Discussion and Close

Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice

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