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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 23, 2015
NOTICE OF VACANCY
Applications are invited from suitably qualified nationals for employment, on contract for a period of three (3)
years for the following position in the Ministry of Sport:
POLICY/PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATOR (1 Position)
The Policy/Programme Co-ordinator will play a strategic role in the preparation, management implementa-
tion and monitoring of policies, programmes and projects of the Ministry of Sport.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Development of appropriate management procedures, processes and monitoring systems in
respect of the Ministry's special purpose units.
• Management of on-going projects and programmes and new initiatives of the Ministry.
• Development and implementation of performance measurement standards for all areas of
operations of the Ministry.
• Ensures the effective implementation of Sport Policies.
• Ability to manage projects/programmes in a Public Service environment and in accordance
with government Procurement and Financial Regulations.
• Ability to network with other agencies and to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with strategic stakeholders.
• Self-motivated with the ability to effectively lead project teams.
Qualifications and Experience:
• A Master's degree in management or project management from an accredited institution.
• Extensive experience in social planning and policy development including considerable
experience in management of government policies, programmes and projects.
• Considerable experience in the administration of government Procurement and Financial
Submission of Application
Terms and Conditions of employment, on contract for the position will be determined by the Chief Personnel
Officer. Copies of academic qualifications MUST be submitted with Curriculum Vitae by July 3, 2015 to:
Ministry of Sport
12 Abercromby Street
Port of Spain
Email to: email@example.com
Unsuitable and incomplete applications will not be acknowledged.
Recruiters want to fill a job opening as
quickly as possible and get on to the next
Hiring managers similarly want to hire some-
one as quickly as possible and get back to their
work. Your resume is the tool that gets you in the
What recruiters and hiring managers despise is
an overabundance of self-praising descriptors:
superior, excellent, team player, detail-oriented,
thought leader, self-motivated, hard worker, and
When recruiters see a resume filled with adjec-
tives unsupported by skills and achievements,
they read a phrase like, "Excellent Accounts Re-
ceivable skills; detail-oriented" and mutter, "I'll
be the judge of that!"
Understand Why Jobs Exist
What recruiters and hiring managers want to
see are resumes that show relevant skills and how
you applied them on the job. How do you do that?
No job gets added to the payroll unless it helps
the employer make money, save money, or in-
crease productivity. This holds true for all jobs, at
all levels and in all professions.
Consequently, jobs exist to identify, anticipate,
prevent, and solve the problems that prevent the
company from making money, saving money, or
Put another way, every job exists to prevent and
solve problems within its area of expertise and
thereby contribute to company profitability.
Consider the deliverables of an Accounts Re-
ceivable (A/R) job - perhaps boring, until you re-
alize that unless the people in Accounts
Receivable do their job, the company won't be
able to pay its bills and your paycheck will
bounce. Thought about this way, A/R jobs are not
about tabulating the income derived from trou-
ble-free paying customers, they are focused on
actively bringing in revenue.
This means that an A/R candidate is hired be-
cause she knows the professional landscape of
the job well enough to identify, anticipate, pre-
vent, and solve problems by bringing in the re-
ceivables, and in the process effectively dealing
with late-paying customers, and so contributing
Why Skills and Achievements Rule
Regardless of profession or title, employers
want to see a resume with skills applied to the
identification, anticipation, prevention, and so-
lution of the typical problems that crop up every
day of the week in that job - and they want to see
the results of these efforts. So, in a resume, our
A/R specialist will talk about skills and the results
of their application:
• 4 years' A/R experience: Excel, Quickbooks,
• Reduced 30 day+ payables by 20%
• Reduced 45 day+ payables by 18%
In 19 words, we know the candidate has experi-
ence, understands the job's deliverables, has the
tools to do the job, and can point to the results
(achievements) of their application. Much more
powerful than, "Excellent Accounts Receivable
Sell to the Customer's Needs
The first lesson learned in our professional lives
is: The customer is always right. The second les-
son is: Find out what the customer wants and sell
it to them. Combined, these lessons tell you that
you need a template for the story your resume
Here's what you do: Collect a half dozen job
postings and pull them apart to find the common
experience requirements and skills employers
seek when hiring someone like you. This is called
Target Job DeconstructionTM (TJDTM). Once you
know what potential employers want, you can
determine skills and accomplishments you need
to show yourself in the best light.
How to Identify Your Achievements
Employers look to what you have
achieved in your work as an indication of
what you are likely to achieve. It might
help you recall relevant skills and contri-
butions using CAR:
C = Challenge (Think of a challenge you
faced or problem you had to resolve.)
A = Action (What actions did you take?)
R = Results (What was the result of
these actions? What was the value to your
You can apply CAR to the following
questions. When you think about results,
try to think in terms of percentages and
What gives you pride in your work?
How does this relate to the success of
your job? Did you increase sales, save
money, or otherwise increase productiv-
• Did you meet an impossible deadline
through extra effort? What was the
benefit to your company?
• Did you conceive, design or (help)
launch a new product or program?
• Did you assume new responsibilities
that weren't part of your job?
• Have you completed any special
• Did you introduce any new or more
effective systems, processes, or tech-
niques for increasing productivity?
Tying It All Together
Recruiters and hiring managers' needs
are simple - they want to fill a job opening
as quickly as possible with someone who
will do the job well. A resume that re-
places empty adjectives with skills and
achievements will get you interviews and
immediately set your candidacy apart.
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