By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
How to Write and Talk to Selection Criteria: Improving your chances of winning a job
By Ann Villiers (Mental Nutrition, $34.95, softcover, 271 pages)
Dr Ann Villiers, a leading expert in public sector staff selection and retention, and Australia’s only mental nutritionist, offers sound advice to those applying for jobs in the Federal, State, Territory and Local Government and in the private sector.
You gain insight into the public sector selection processes.
Dr Villiers says that using selection criteria is an “adventure in sense-making” which is just as well since there are certain prerequisites you have to have to perform at your peak. After these explanations, you’ll know how the process works, what you have to offer and develop refined skills in self-promotion. Now that’s a quality not many can master!
The ideas provided are “designed to improve the quality of job applications and interviews where selection criteria are used, with particular emphasis on how they are used in Australian public services”.
Included are numerous techniques to prepare a superior selection criteria statement that addresses every part of the criterion, the key words, being focused on outcomes, writing an evidence-based response, using correct English and gives practical tips to ensure that the application is visually appealing.
This fifth edition alerts you to drawbacks and provides knowledge and language to survive, and surmount the pitfalls.
Divided into 19 chapters, with tables, diagrams, references, notes and glossary, How to Write and Talk to Selection Criteria takes you through the steps that enable you to present a convincing, coherent, confident case with practical explanations for government interviews, including 275 action verbs.
Dr Villiers pioneered the concept of mental nutrition: specialising in mind and language practices that help people build flexible thinking, confident speaking and making quality connections with people.
However, be aware of this disclaimer: there is “…no guarantee that by using the ideas in this book, success is assured”.
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