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SERVICE COMMISSIONS DEPARTMENT
Office of Illustrator (Range 34) in the Public Service
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the above mentioned
Minimum Experience and Training Requirements
Considerable (4 to 8 years) experience in graphic art such as may have been gained in the lower
class and training as evidenced by the General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level with
passes in five (5) subjects including English Language and Art; or any equivalent combination of
experience and training.
Range 34: $7,705- $9,591/$10,179 per month (2013).
For further details 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
Interested persons must submit their application no later than 11th September, 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.
INCOMPLETE AND UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED.
Please see the website for details on:
a) Information/documents to be submitted; and
b) Applications which are deemed incomplete and unsuitable.
Managing the "age issue" is a matter of per-
spective during the job search. For older job
seekers, the goal is to turn your age into an
asset so that recruiters and hiring managers
view you as a seasoned veteran, not as over-
As a job seeker, your first commandment is
to find the job that fits your experience, career
goals, strengths, and personal fulfillment.
Hiring managers are looking to do the same
thing. Nowhere in the job requirements is
there an age requirement.
Target the Right Jobs for You
Older job seekers are quick to be discouraged
about how they are turned down for a job
assuming they are "too old" or "overqualified."
When this happens a lot to someone I know,
my first question to them is: "Are you applying
to the right jobs?" You need to be applying for
jobs that require more experience instead of
trying to shoehorn yourself into a job that can
be filled by someone with less.
Leverage Your Age as an Asset
Most hiring managers know that with expe-
rience comes wisdom. However, recruiters
know that wisdom with experience isn t guar-
anteed. There are plenty of candidates just
coasting through their careers, never learning
new things, making hard decisions, or solving
hard challenges. And hiring managers must
sort through all types of applicants.
You need to speak with examples. Tell stories
of interesting projects you worked on where
wisdom, process, and great assessment skills
were necessary to reach the positive results.
The same can be said of managing others. You can
talk of the different personalities you ve mentored
Be Energetic and Enthusiastic
Making a good impression is half the battle in an
interview. I have interviewed and hired plenty of can-
didates over the age of 40. Some had grey hair. Some
had long resumes. But the best had enthusiasm, energy,
and professional goals for themselves.
Instead of saying "I have many years to go in my
career" consider, "I have many things I would like to
accomplish to call my professional life a success," and
then list some of those things.
You need to be as ambitious as you were when you
first entered the workforce. You need to project this
during interviews. Let the interviewer know why you re
excited about the opportunity and what you can bring
This is the same advice for everyone, but sometimes,
older candidates can appear as if they are just trying
to find any job that will carry them along for five,
ten, or more years. Hiring managers want go-getters,
no matter the age.
Handle Salary Issues
Salary is another part of the "fit" definition. There
is typically a salary range already budgeted for the
job. There is very little flexibility as the salary is fixed
by commitment to the Finance team and senior man-
agement. With this in mind, you need to be realistic
about your financial needs and the jobs you apply for.
As long as the position fits your budget, you
shouldn t have to worry about "younger applicants"
stealing the job away by accepting a lesser salary. You
can justify being at the higher end of their budgetary
range by conveying the value you bring.
Don't Forget Your Key Advantage
Your key advantage in the job search: your network
of relationships. The longer you ve been in the work-
force, the more people you know.
Each connection you have ties to other contacts
who might be able to link you to hiring opportunities
that start with a "warm introduction" and not a "cold
call." When you re introduced to recruiters, you can
offer them help by offering connections into your
Smart recruiters realize the extensive history you
have. They also like placing leaders into jobs. They
hope that you value the relationship built and provide
them future business.
This network may also prove to be helpful to a
hiring manager. You may have worked with competi-
tors, suppliers, or customers that they deal with. Make
sure you ve done your homework on this to find out
the competitors, suppliers, and customers of the
employers you approach so you can connect those
dots and demonstrate your value in the interview.
Be Sure to Promote Your Expertise
Lastly, you need to make yourself more likely to be
found. By having a blog or posting articles to the web
in other ways, you are making it easier for recruiters
and hiring managers to find you. You also are building
(or validating) your credibility by sharing your knowl-
edge on key topics within your expertise. You can
even offer on-line classes (webinars) to teach others
key concepts. This looks great on your resume, and
allows you to expand your network.
You can see your years of experience as an asset
or a liability in the job search. It is a matter of per-
spective. If you have the proper attitude and approach,
you ll be a lot more likely to convince hiring managers
of your potential value to their company. Your cup
is not half full or half empty. It is very full...of expe-
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