Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 13th 2015 Contents B16
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 13, 2015
SERVICE COMMISSIONS DEPARTMENT
Office of Medical Social Worker I (Range 46)
Ministry of Health
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the above mentioned office.
Particulars relating to the office are given hereunder:-
Kind of Work
Professional casework in the field of medical social work.
Minimum Training Requirements
Training as evidenced by a degree or its equivalent in a Social Science from a recognised College or University,
supplemented by Medical Social Workers' Certification from a recognised Institute of Medical Social Workers or its equivalent.
Distinguishing Features of Work
An employee in this class is responsible for assisting individual patients and immediate relatives in overcoming social,
emotional and financial obstacles. Work involves the study, evaluation and interpretation of the social, economic and
environmental back-grounds of patients for use in the preparation of plans for their adjustment and rehabilitation, the
facilitation of response to treatment and easing of financial and social burdens caused by illness which necessitated
confinement in hospital or at home. The employee may be required to serve on Committees dealing with the
rehabilitation and welfare of patients and to implement their recommendations. Employees may work under the
supervision of a higher level medical social worker who assigns work and reviews and checks reports, or work may be
received and reviewed through committees appointed for this purpose.
Range 46: $8,103 - $9,550/$10,149 per month (2011).
Persons wishing to apply can access the Advertisement, the Application Form and the Job Specification at the Service
Commissions Department and on the website at www.scd.org.tt
Application forms are obtainable from any District Revenue Office, the Chief Administrator, Tobago House of Assembly, the
Service Commissions Department and on the website.
Interested persons must submit their applications no later than 29th January, 2015 to the:
Director of Personnel Administration
Service Commissions Department
52-58 Woodford Street
Persons who have applied previously and who still wish to be considered for appointment to the office are advised
to re-apply in response to this Advertisement.
Applicants are advised to submit the following along with their application:-
i. Telephone Contact;
ii. Relevant copies of your Birth/Academic certificates;
iii. Any other relevant information; e.g. Curriculum Vitae.
INCOMPLETE AND UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED
Applications submitted without the following are deemed incomplete and unsuitable:
Date of application
Copy of Birth Certificates attached (computerized only)
Legible and clearly printed copies of:
o Relevant academic qualifications
o Documentation showing proof of citizenship (if not born in Trinidad and Tobago)
o Documentation from the relevant authorizing bodies, verifying equivalency for qualification obtained abroad
Applicants are also advised to check regularly for updates on the website with respect to the Civil Service
Examination or Interviews to be conducted in the future.
Don't make the mistake of blowing this question
off by saying you have no questions! Not a good idea!
Asking good questions shows that you are interested
and prepared, and the answers will help you make a
decision about working there - an interview is the
proverbial "2-way street," and you want to be sure
that you'll like and succeed at the job.
To make the best impression, save the questions
about salary, benefits, and vacation until you have an
offer. (Some of the benefits questions may be answered
on the organization's Website, anyway.) Ask questions
based on your preparation and your interest in the
I have had several recruiters tell me that they auto-
matically disqualified any applicant who hadn't taken
the time and effort to visit the company Website. And
this was ten years ago when websites were relatively
So visit the organization's Website to see what you
can discover. What do they do, and where do they do
it? What are their products and or services? Who is
the "management team"? How long have they been
in business? What is the "philosophy" or "mission"?
If it is a publicly held company, Yahoo Finance will
have a ton of information about the company and the
industry. How large is the company, in terms of sales
and number of employees? Who are their competitors?
Check to see how healthy their finances are - several
years of losses are a very bad sign. You don't want to
be the last person hired before the layoffs begin.
Google the organization's name to see what you
[Read The Winning Difference: Pre-Interview Prepa-
ration to be well-prepared for a job interview.]
Do the research, and let them know that you've
done the research by making reference to it in the
interview. Be very careful - or avoid - referencing neg-
ative things you may have discovered. You may be
able to ask questions that will help you decide if the
"digital dirt" you might have found is fact or fiction,
but usually these topics are not appropriate early in
the interview process.
Often the interviewer will end the interview by
asking if you have any questions. Saying "no" can be
the kiss of death.
Here are a few "general" questions to choose from,
in addition to the ones based on your research:
• What is a typical day (or typical week, month, or
year) for a person in this job?
• What is the biggest challenge someone in this job
faces on a daily (or weekly or monthly) basis?
• What is the most important quality (or skill) of
the person who does this job?
• What happened to the last person who did this
job? (promoted, hopefully)
• How many people are in this group (or office)?
How many have joined in the last year? (In a fast
growing company, several people could have been
added. In a tough place to work, several people
could have left.)
• How do you define (or measure) "success" here?
• Does this organization promote from within?
• Do you enjoy working here?
Closing the Interview/Sale or Learning the Next
Express interest in getting the job (even if you aren't
terribly excited about the opportunity). Ask what are
the next steps are in the hiring process. Also ask for
permission to stay in touch on a weekly basis to learn
the status of the job and ask for the name and contact
information of the person you are to use as your con-
Two Important Job Interview Etiquette MUST-
Before the interview starts, turn your cell phone
off or set it on vibrate (and then ignore it if it vibrates).
If you do leave the cell phone on, be sure to explain
why, and be sure to have a very good reason, like a
family member who is ill.
After the interview, send a unique thank you note
(or e-mail, depending on how tech-savvy the employer
seemed) to everyone who participated in
the interview process, with the possible
exception of the receptionist - unless the
receptionist was particularly helpful, making
copies of your resume for example.
Sometimes you will be asked to partic-
ipate in a telephone interview before you
are invited to come in for a face-to-face
interview. Don't panic. It's not unusual, but
take it seriously. You don't have to put on
your interview outfit, but being too relaxed
and informal can backfire.
If you can, be standing (not sitting!) in
front of a mirror when you are doing the
interview. Smile - you'll see it in the mirror
(which should give you a little lift), and
they will hear it in your voice!
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