Getting the job


CV’s

A good CV is important so spend some time on it.  Tailor it to the job you are applying for by looking at what the purpose and requirements of the job are.  Don’t use a generic, one-size-fits-all CV.  Show that you actually know what this job is about and that it matters to you.

There’s a great resource over at www.careers.govt.nz on how to write CVs.  There are examples of several different CV styles along with a CV builder.  Check it out at www.careers.govt.nz/how-to-get-a-job/cvs-and-cover-letters/

Competencies

Some organisations, including the Department of Conservation, ask that you address the competencies listed in the position description.  When the interview panel look at CV’s, they are asked to score applicants against the required competencies.  If you haven’t addressed the competencies then the panel is unable to assess your suitability for the role and thus you are unlikely to get an interview.

State the obvious

If the job requires that you have a drivers licence or other specific qualification/training and you have that qualification, then say so.  If you don’t have the qualification then say how you are working to achieve it.