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    Default Stressed and trying to put on a brave face

    A week ago we found out (by accident) that DH may have to re-apply for his job (he is what is considered a Temporary contractor with the Qld State Government in a front line role. Contractor in this case does not mean what it usually means. He is paid a Salary with sickleave, annual leave and Long service leave just like a permanent staff member. He has just had "continuation of employment" contracts for 4 years now- same continual role) sorry for the speil, needed to clarify before people come on saying he is "just on contract" ......not that simple.


    Anyway, today it was confirmed that they have to reapply for their jobs. There is no guarantee they will get it (HR are extremely dodgy). DH has been acting in higher positions and is very highly regarded in the service but this means nothing.

    I am trying desperately to put on a brave face for him, telling him it will be fine but inside I feel sick to my stomach with worry. It may mean I have to look for full'time work (I REALLY don't want to do that as I love my job) I just want this all to be over.

    I am a practical person and need lists and plans to cope with the anxiety. So hit me with your practical solutions. I have updated both our resumes....what else?

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    Sorry your going through this
    I just want to say that my mum works on a gov job and has to reapply for her job over the years.. Twice actually! She is part time and has got it back each time. I think they have used it to get rid of workers not pulling their weight etc so if your dh is highly regarded i dont see an issue..
    But just incase I would start applying for new jobs (ur dh)

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    im sure if your dh is highly regarded they definitely should want to keep him. its a positive! good luck.

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    If your DH is well regarded and has excellent experience then you just have to make sure he blitzes the application process. Top notch resume, selection criteria and interview.

    Get professional help with the resume and selection criteria. And make sure you get feedback on the draft application from your hubby's supervisor well in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    If your DH is well regarded and has excellent experience then you just have to make sure he blitzes the application process. Top notch resume, selection criteria and interview.

    Get professional help with the resume and selection criteria. And make sure you get feedback on the draft application from your hubby's supervisor well in advance.
    All of this. Practice questions in mock interviews. Prepare, prepare, prepare.

    The best preparation is to not assume you've got it in the bag based on history. It will be based on the selection criteria and interview performance. Make sure he sells all aspects of himself and his abilities; working in teams, communication, ability to problem solve as well as the technical skills of his role. His ability to take on feedback and provide leadership to others.

    Good luck!

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    I will be doing the Selection Criteria for him and I have already done his Resume (I have a background in this so don't need to hire a professional)

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    We know that nothing is a sure thing, especially with the idiots that run their HR. He has bern told that the panel will consist of HR, the Director and and outside Recruitment specialist! No one from operations who actually know what is needed for the Jobs.

    After chatting last night we have decided that he will also apply for other jobs just so he has optiins shouldcthe worst happen.

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    One thing is great at is talking and he is a natural salesman, so that is a bonus!

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    Ugh, I feel for him. I've been working in state government for a year and a half. In that time I have had to go through the recruitment process 5 times. I eventually had enough of the stress, insecurity and constant threat of unemployment and found another job, starting next week. Am devastated as I love the job I am leaving.

    My tip is to get him to spend some time thinking of examples of things he's done to answer the behavioural questions, and then practice answering them. Times he dealt with conflict, times he solved a problem, etc etc. If you google "behaviuoral interview questions" you will get lists and lists of suggested questions.

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    As the above poster mentioned many many real life experiences and how he dealt with them.


 

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