Threads

See more results

Topics

Usernames

Mumsnet Logo
Please
or
to access all these features

Civil Service - Employment History vs Previous skills and experience
20

stewmew · 26/07/2020 20:35

Does anyone have any advice on how to structure the CV sections on employment history and previous skills and experience? Should employment history be positions held and dates, and a short summary of responsibilities, whilst should previous skills and experience address each of the skills the job description requires in turn and how you meet these? Concerned this could make it quite lengthy.

Advice greatly appreciated :)

OP's posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

TheDrsDocMartens · 26/07/2020 20:59

Not really but I’ve been looking at jobs and I’ve another form to fill in so would like to know!

Please
or
to access all these features

Anothernamebitesthedust · 26/07/2020 22:48

I’ve recently submitted one done it exactly as you suggest, but agree it’s really not clear. Haven’t heard back yet so no idea if that was the right way! Also no word count For experience when there are explicit ones elsewhere. Argh.

Please
or
to access all these features

ReceptacleForTheRespectable · 26/07/2020 22:53

I have recently been shortlisted for some civil service roles (SEO and Grade 7) and I approached it by listing positions held, dates, and key responsibilities in the 'CV' section, then a narrative highlighting my most relevant areas of expertise / successful projects / ways I meet the person spec etc. under 'Experience'.

No idea if that was what they wanted, but I was shortlisted for a few roles. (Ended up withdrawing from the processes before interview as I received an offer elsewhere).

Please
or
to access all these features

ReceptacleForTheRespectable · 26/07/2020 22:55

For the 'Experience' narrative, I don't know how many words it was, but it was just under 1 side of A4 when I typed it in Word format.

Please
or
to access all these features

stewmew · 27/07/2020 17:04

Such helpful responses, thank you!!

OP's posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

stewmew · 27/07/2020 18:55

A further query if I may!

For the skills and experience section, is it necessary to use the STAR technique, or does it suffice to say "this is my skill and this is where I demonstrate it?"

OP's posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

ReceptacleForTheRespectable · 27/07/2020 19:46

I stuck to STAR, as that was what they specified.

Please
or
to access all these features

Bells3032 · 27/07/2020 20:07

I'd highly recomend using star if you can.

As for the experience section I'd structure it the same way as in a normal cv but don't stress too much about it. Generally you should be measured purely on competencies so as long as it is clear and understable the experience section shouldn't be too much stress (unless applying for a specialist role eg engineering or law when you need particular experience).

Speaking from 11 years in the civil service

Please
or
to access all these features

stewmew · 27/07/2020 20:59

Thanks guys. Would you mind giving me an example of what structure you'd recommend for the experience section? It just seems strange to separate out responsibilities then skills and experience separately, and I'm not sure how a STAR-style CV should look!

OP's posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

ReceptacleForTheRespectable · 27/07/2020 21:57

Sorry - I think I was confused about which bit you meant. I didn't mix the STAR bits and the CV at all. I used STAR in the 'Behaviours' sections (which had a 250 word limit per behaviour). The 'Experience' section was more of a general narrative.

Please
or
to access all these features

Bells3032 · 27/07/2020 22:10

Yes the star bit is for the behaviours (previously known as competencies) section not the employment history bit. Sorry misunderstood you

Please
or
to access all these features

stewmew · 27/07/2020 23:07

Okay got it, thanks for all your help :).

Fingers crossed I get through this stage it takes ages!!!

OP's posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Sailingblue · 30/07/2020 13:34

The forms are ridiculous. I’ve just applied for one where the cv section was confusing given the split and they needed one section with 1250 words plus another 500 words. I chose not to include extra stuff in the skills/experience as I assume no-one wants to actually read anymore stuff but who knows? All the guidance talks about making the process more open for external candidates but it is as clear as mud what is required.

Please
or
to access all these features

Em3lie88 · 30/10/2020 11:44

From a friend who works in Civil Service HR:
Employment History = simply a list of previous emplyoment. Role, date, organisation.
Previous skills and experience = bullet point / summarise duties for your main jobs, make sure you emphasise ones that suit the job you're applying for!

Please
or
to access all these features

stewmew · 30/10/2020 12:48

Thanks everyone.

Just an update from me on how I did everything in the end.

Employment History:
Positions held + dates, and bullets of main achievements/responsibilities (like a CV)

Skills and Experience:
I wrote a few paragraphs about by skills and where I demonstrated these.

I got an interview, didn't get that job but was put on the reserve list and was given an offer for a similar position from that about three weeks later.

It's a lengthy process, but I think it helps the CS save resources in the long run.

OP's posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Hello1290 · 30/10/2020 14:59

Well done. I guess spending time to do the application was worth it in the end!

Please
or
to access all these features

West1212 · 18/12/2021 19:18

Hello, just hopping on this thread. When it comes to the Employment History section, the application states not to include postal addresses. Does this mean that we should not include the location of our previous employment? Or is it referring to the postal address of where I currently live?

Many thanks.

Please
or
to access all these features

Alpinechalet · 19/12/2021 11:35

It’s referring to your home address. For employment I usually state London, Manchester etc. rather than full address.

Please
or
to access all these features

West1212 · 19/12/2021 17:43

Wonderful. Thank you.

Please
or
to access all these features

Justdontdoit · 11/01/2022 00:14

Thanks everyone for all the comments. I’ve just submitted an application and this really helped

Please
or
to access all these features
Please create an account

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.