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In the public sector, most applications will be competency based. Try to make headings covering each section of the person specification and show how you meet each one from your skills and experience

Keep your additional information section succinct and to the point

Interviews and Selection Tests

Current Awareness

Being aware of news, developments and issues in the sector can help you at interviews. Here are some news sources to try:

Graduate Ecologist Skills

Personality & Skills

  • excellent communication, IT and team-working skills
  • project management, business sense and leadership skills
  • confident, proactive and enthusiastic, with belief in the value of your work
  • Focus and tenacity are particularly important right now. Know your skills and focus on the roles/areas that suit them best. Go to networking events and make yourself known. Make contacts and use them
  • a driving licence is often required, with specialist skills for some areas (chainsaw qualification for countryside work or scuba diving for marine science)