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Public Sector: Application Tips

Local government, hospital management, police, and other public bodies

Public Sector

Tips for Applying

How to get work in this sector

Useful Skills

This sector is very wide, and different jobs require very different skills

In general though, the following skills are highly valued:

  • Adaptability
  • Ability to liaise with other groups
  • Organisation skills
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to deal with people from different backgrounds
  • Knowledge of policy affecting the job
  • Project management skills
  • IT skills
  • Understanding of equal rights legislation

Doing your research

Researching an organisation or role is a good way to find out more about it

In this sector, there are many ways to find out more about the organisations you're working for

Most councils and public bodies have their own websites

Public sector straff can be very supportive and informative, check Insider Views to find out about their events and web presence

Public bodies have to respond to freedom of information requests, this information is available on What Do They Know

CVs and Applications



If you are asked to take a test to get a job, here are some resources you may want to use to prepare

Use Us

If you need help with your applications, or have an interview to prepare for, we can help:

  • Applying for jobs - covers CVs, covering letters, applications, interviews, selections tests and assessment centres
  • Careers Advice - we have a range of drop-in and bookable appointments throughout the week. Bring your CV/application or get interview advice

News Sources

Being aware of developments in the sector is a good way to prepare for interviews