HR Guide – 07 – Applications v 0.7 — 4 Comments

  1. Thank you for demystifying the process!

    Could you confirm that each question might get the same, repetitive part, treating each answer independently.

    Experience 1 answer: As a widget designer in Widgets-R-Us from July 2014 to July 2015, I always X. For example… During my widget Big Boss job in Small Widget Inc., I also X…

    Experience 2 answer: As widget designer in Widgets-R-Us from July 2014 to July 2015, I had many opportunities to Y. For example… During my widget Big Boss job in Small Widget Inc., I did much Y…

    • Strange, I never saw this comment in my stream. Apologies for the delay in responding.

      So the answer is always a bit “it depends”, but generally “yes”. Take for example if you were applying to a AS-05 position after being in a similar position at the AS-04 level for 5 years. The likelihood is that most of your experience examples are going to be while at that AS-04 level — it’s the most relevant. There is however three small dangers to this outcome:

      a. If all of your examples are at the -04 level (i.e. no actings, no assignments, etc.), you’ll need to make sure that some of the examples you use show that you are capable of doing more than what the -04 requires i.e. you’re ready for a -05. An easy way to do that is showing where you did things at higher level such as actings, presentations while your supervisor was away, accompanying the director to briefings, initiative, taking on more work, etc.

      b. If your example is from the same job but the job was only of a short duration. So, if you were an AS-04 for only 1 year, that is going to show in your examples that you’re basing on your experience on a very shallow pool to draw from…Often it is more stark than that, i.e. somebody claiming a wealth of experience when they only did the job for 4 weeks and that just happens to be the timing for the new application. If so, you need to reach back to previous jobs to show this is not a “temporary” new you but a proven track record of performance.

      c. On the reverse side, some people might limit themselves to their current job. If you’ve been doing hte same job for six years, and it doesn’t include any financial resource management, you might not refer to it in your application or interview because you’re thinking only about your most recently-relevant experience. But if you managed a bar during your undergrad, or were treasurer for your church, or managed projects 10 years ago, you might want to dust off some other examples to show a history of experience with it, not just what you have done in your current job.

      I hate to give “rules”, but as a rule of thumb, I would say if all of your examples are coming from one job, you should have been doing that job for at least 3 years. Otherwise, you need to supplement it with other examples too. The opposite side though is if you have direct, on-point experience that is EXACTLY that experience factor, that may be enough. Personally, I always give more than one example, even if one is perfect.


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