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Any experience of public civil service jobs?

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EsmeCordelia Wed 21-Sep-16 10:57:20

I applied for Clerical Positions in the Civil Service which is handled through some time ago. I recently got an invitation to "stage 2" which is a supervised exam but it (the exam, not any potential job) is being held in Dublin at 8am and I live 4 hours from Dublin (and we only have one car which is necessary for children to get to school & public transport cannot get me to Dublin for 8am). As I really want a job I will do my utmost to make it to this appointment but it will require serious juggling to get there (I have rung them; they do not change appointments but if I miss my slot I can take my chances that they'll let me in for a later one). I would be interested to know though whether there is a genuine chance of a job at the end of this process. I understand that it is a queuing system (currently I am #180 in my area) but I have often heard that civil service jobs are who you know not what you know and as I am not friendly with any politicians I will not ever get a CS job. Anyone?

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BasicMadeira Wed 21-Sep-16 14:00:00

Hi, I have a friend in opw who always recommends that website and says that admin jobs do come up and are filled more often than you would think. Like anything CS though it is slow and can operate in a vacuum. If you are interested definitely go and give it your best shot. It be worth staying overnight if possible to ensure you are not late in the day.

sycamore54321 Thu 22-Sep-16 00:45:01

Congratulations on getting through. I can tell you that you have absolutely the wrong impression - there is zero politician influence in the PublicJobs process and any attempt at all to influence will mean your application is instantly disqualified. I have no idea where you got the other impression from. There is masses of nepotism and cronyism in other many aspect of public life in Ireland but this is one where you can genuinely have confidence in the impartiality of he process. Whatever you do, don't even attempt to ask your local politician to lobby for you etc

EsmeCordelia Thu 22-Sep-16 08:40:07

sycamore it wasn't that the public process was influenced it was that those who get those jobs have pull. So that the jobs would be filled before even getting to the stage of being advertised. Anyway I am going to go and stay in Dublin the night before and give it my best shot, and put my faith in the process!

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NotAPuffin Thu 22-Sep-16 09:10:00

What sycamore said. There is nothing political about it whatsoever. Jobs are filled from the panels in order of merit. It's perfectly above board.

Game0fScones Thu 22-Sep-16 19:56:33

I have been on a publicjobs (PAS) interview panel and the process was scrupulously above board. Go for it!

EsmeCordelia Thu 22-Sep-16 20:47:59

Thanks scones I've just booked a hotel for the night before so am glad I'm jumping into it now. Your post is reassuring.

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