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5 tips to craft a powerful 6 figure public service resume get shortlisted for the job

Are you looking for a 6 figure job in the Australian public service?

If you’re having the following issues landing a 6 figure public service role, then these tips will help you stand out from the crowd and help you get shortlisted for the job you want.

Are you:

  • Always in Acting positions but when you apply for the role you don’t get shortlisted and if you do, you never land the job?
  • Trusted to babysit your department in an Acting role but never with the substantive position?
  • Working with a manager who is not supportive of your professional development or any of your ideas and micromanages you?
  • Applying for higher-level roles outside of your department, never get shortlisted and never really know why because you don’t get any meaningful feedback other than you didn’t have enough “experience”?

If this is you, read on! You’ll want to make sure your resume stands out from the competition.

Here are 5 tips to help you craft a powerful 6 figure public service resume
that gets you shortlisted for the job.

1.    Tailor your resume for each role you apply for

Each application you send out needs to be focused on what the current organisation needs not the last job you applied for.

Tailoring your resume can be done in two main ways:

Researching the organisation

When crafting your resume, it is important to research the job role and the organisation you are applying to.

This will help you tailor your resume to highlight the skills, experience, and outcomes you can provide that would be most relevant to the position.

Additionally, by knowing what their current needs are and why the role is being made available, you can use specific language to appeal to their current requirements surrounding the role.

Research isn’t just about finding a few things to regurgitate back to them, but more to understand their needs and problems and how you can actually solve them

Using relevant keywords

When crafting your resume, it is important to include keywords.

Using keywords throughout your resume makes it readable and easy for potential employers to find what they are looking for.

If an applicant tracking system is being used (a computer that scans resumes), it also makes it easier for that artificial intelligence (AI) technology to find the right person to shortlist.

By doing this, you can increase your chances of being shortlisted for a job opening and ultimately getting the position.

2.   Must highlight your career achievements

The second step is to use powerful language that highlights your accomplishments and how these accomplishments will help the organisation to further its vision.

You can highlight your career achievements with powerful words that convert to being shortlisted.

These words should start your sentences, they pack a punch and say a lot very succinctly, so use them when highlighting your skills, experience, and the outcomes you can provide.

3.   Use Numbers and Statistics to Back Up Your Claims

Public service resumes should include numbers and statistics to back up your claims.

Numbers can show how much experience you have in a certain field, as well as your achievements.

Statistics can show how many people you’ve helped or what types of programs you’ve worked on.

Including these numbers will help make your resume more credible and make you different from your competition because no one else would have achieved what you have in the way you have done it.

If you haven’t used metrics in your public service resume before you need to start doing that now.

4.   Edit and Proofread

There is no such thing as too much proofreading.

Don’t put off a recruiter or hiring manager with simple editing errors.

Mistakes riddled throughout your documents can be the difference between getting shortlisted and being thrown in the bin.

You want to make it as easy as possible for them to pick you from an enormous pile, so ensure that you have proofread your documents at least twice or get another pair of eyes to scan them for you.

5.  Be an expert with a powerful brand

If you want to be a sought-after candidate who gets tapped on the shoulder by hiring managers and executive recruiters to apply for 6 figure public service roles, then you need to start working on your personal brand.

Some of the things you can start doing to showcase your expertise are:

  • Networking in your industry associations
  • Present on your expert topic
  • Become visible on LinkedIn

Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to getting shortlisted for that perfect 6 figure public service job.

If you’d like to see how I design a resume/CV that gets my clients shortlisted for 6 figure public service jobs then you can download my “Interview Winning 6 Figure Public Service Resume template” below.


Hi, I’m Athena Ali the Founder of The Get Noticed Coach and Get Noticed Resumes.

I am a Flexible Work Advocate – I help women close the gender pay gap by designing and implementing career strategies to get them into leadership positions (particularly in the government sector) using my marketing approach to career advancement.