Resume tips or strategies:
- Government organizations want “winners” and “achievers”, tailor your resume so that it reflects your previous “winning” experiences.
- List professional organizations
- List any foreign languages and technical skills
- Include any military experience (ROTC included)
- Include any honors, awards, etc
- Can include relevant coursework when first applying, after gaining work experience remove the section.
- Include any relevant projects
- Include research experience
- Include any grants
- Include any publications.
- Describe a situation in which you needed to solicit the cooperation of others in order for a project to proceed, but you had no “authority” over the persons involved. How did you go about gaining cooperation?
- Describe the most difficult budget (or personnel, etc.) decision you have made this year? How did you go about analyzing the issue and making a decision?
- Tell me/us about a situation in which you were responsible for overseeing a major capital facilities project. What issues did you face in planning, financing and siting the project? How did you resolve them? How did you go about managing the project once approved? What problems arose on the project and how did you handle them?
- Tell me/us about a situation in which you were expected to make a professional recommendation to a board about a major policy action, and you were aware that several of the board members had diverse and conflicting opinions about the course of action to take. How did you go about formulating and communicating your recommendation?
- What actions have you taken over the years to assure that your workforce was representative of the community at large?
- Think about a time when you noticed the early warning signs of an emerging issue or problem. When did you first notice the problem? What was the first thing you did to correct the problem?
- Describe the budget process you have found most successful in your past work? What was your part in making it a success? What obstacles were encountered and how did you resolve them?
- Tell me about a time when you successfully managed a number of tasks at the same time.
- Describe the steps you would take when arranging a monthly Board meeting.
- What is your understanding of the Data Protection Act?
- How do you deal with a variety of tasks all requiring simultaneous completion?
- What would you say is the key difference between administration and management?
- Think of the following industries
- Government agencies
- Emergency Management Organizations
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Law Enforcement agencies
- Public Health Administration
- Local Government
- Consulting firms
- If you plan on working in politics or upper level management, think about pursuing a law degree.
- Participate in student government to gain experience
- “Landing a coveted position in public administration depends on a combination of the right degree, real world experience, a prestigious internship and most importantly, a lot of hard work.”
- Gain experience through local nonprofit organizations
- If you have an interest in foreign policy, obtain foreign language skills
- Join a professional organization, which you can list on your resume, to show how serious you are about your career, organizations often post job openings as well.
” Salary and job outlook information:
|Job Title||Median Salary||Outlook|
|Emergency Management Directors||$64,360||+6% (average)|
|Medical and Health Services Managers||$92,810||+17% (faster than average)|
|Public Relations Specialists||$55,680||+6% (average)|
|Administrative Services Managers||$83,790||+8% (average)|
|Social and Community Service Managers||$62,740||+10% (faster than average)|
|Financial Managers||$115,320||+7% (average)|
|Financial Analysts||$78,620||+12% (faster than average)|
|Budget Analysts||$71,220||+3% (slower than average)|
|Management Analysts||$80,880||+14% (faster than average)|