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Vacancy Closing date Salary
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Wednesday, 12. November 2014 £19,817 - £27,323 p.a. plus benefits package

 

How to Apply

  • If you wish to apply for a job at the Council online, you can do so by registering with our customer portal.  By registering you will be able to save your application for later completion or amend the details you have already added. Select the link found in the job advert to apply online.
  • You can also download a PDF version of the application form to complete manually if you wish.
  • In all cases, we ask that you also complete the equal opportunities monitoring information - this is treated confidentially and is not passed to officers selecting candidates for interview.
  • Appointments that involve regular contact with children and vulnerable adults, or positions that are considered by the Council to be of a sensitive nature, will be subject to a disclosure and barring service check.

A Career in Local Government

Do you want a rewarding, flexible career that enables you to develop new skills and experience whilst benefiting your community? If your answer is yes, then look no further! Working for your local council can offer all this and more. If you've never thought about the range of services provided by the council, then it may not have occurred to you how many different jobs there are. With 600 occupational groups and a workforce of over two million, local councils could offer a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities for you.

Whoever you are, whatever your background, age or experience there could be a career at the council that suits you. You may feel that your experience of bringing up children or looking after an elderly parent has improved your caring skills. You could use these skills as a care worker or working with young people and families.

Maybe you're the athletic type and enjoy sport and keeping fit, if so, you might like working in a council-run leisure centre. Or perhaps you've had some experience in a customer service role and are a good communicator. If this is the case, there is a whole range of service roles that may appeal to you, such as housing assistant, events officer, teaching assistant, receptionist or information officer.

You may be looking for a new challenge from a new career. If you've got transferable skills, are prepared to re-train and keen to learn, then there could be some interesting options you'd never considered before. Ever thought about environmental health, trading standards, planning or building control? The council may be able to offer you a chance to gain experience working in a technical role, whilst supporting you through a relevant qualification.

If you're just leaving school or college, the council could offer you an opportunity to learn while you earn with an Apprenticeship. Or, if you're about to graduate from university, you may want to apply for the National Graduate Development Programme (ngdp), which offers leadership development with a council.

Whatever you do to contribute to the smooth running of council services, you will be supporting your local community and helping people. This may sound like a cliche, but it's what a lot of local council employees like most about their job. Amelia, a National Management Trainee on the ngdp in London says, "The best thing about this job is that my involvement makes a difference and something gets done to help the community."

There are more reasons why a career in local government could be for you, such as a competitive salary, good pension scheme, generous annual leave, excellent training and development opportunities and flexible working options. Emma, a finance and technical clerk who works for a council in the South East of England says, "I am really impressed with the benefits of working for the council. The flexible working arrangements mean I can start and finish at work times that suit me, as long as I work my core 37 hours per week."

If you're interested in finding out more about working for the council have a look at www.LGcareers.com for careers information and www.LGjobs.com for current job vacancies all over the UK. You can find out more about the ngdp at www.ngdp.co.uk.

How to Complete the Application Form

1. Read before you write

The first thing to do is to read through the application form carefully, along with the job profile and person specification. Make a note of areas that need special attention and ensure you have a clear idea of what is expected of you on completing the form. Completing an application form should be given as much care and attention as writing your CV. Do not you rush it. Make a note of the closing date and make sure you give yourself enough time to complete it.

If possible, take a photocopy to practice on first, then fill in the original. Keep the draft copy for future reference.

2. Filling in the form

  • Complete the form in black ink or type
  • Write neatly and check spellings
  • Do not leave gaps - don't be put off by sections that seem outside your experience. For example, if the section on computer skills is not relevant for the post you have applied for, you then simply write "Not Applicable" in the box concerned.
  • Complete all the sections you are able to as clearly and fully as possible.
  • You can mention any experience gained at school or in training, work experience, voluntary work, at home and through hobbies.
  • Do not exaggerate or devalue - focus on positive information

3. Have evidence to back up your skills

On filling out the form, you need to provide evidence or examples that show you have the skills needed to do the job. So identify what is needed. Being invited to interview will depend on whether the information you have written in your application form shows that you meet the requirements of the person specification. If your skills do not match what is being asked for, it is unlikely you will be selected, so address all points on the person specification and job profile.

You should include a statement to fully explain how you meet the job requirements. For example, if the person specification asks for experience of working with young people - then writing "I have experience of working with young people" is not enough - you need to explain when, where, and what was involved.

For example:

"I was a children's entertainer at Pontin's Holiday Centre during my school holidays. This experience helped me to become outgoing, confident and willing to try new things."

4. Be honest with your answers

Be honest when answering the questions - if selected for an interview, you may have to talk about your answers. So do not pretend to have qualifications you have not got, as you will be asked to bring the certificates to an interview.

5. When you have finished

  • Get someone to check it for you
  • If you wish, include a covering letter stating what job you are applying for and any job reference number. It should briefly state your key skills and reasons for applying.
  • Post your form to reach us before the closing date

6. Make a copy of all documents

Keep copies of all documents associated with the application, and especially your completed application form, so you have something to refer to if called for an interview.

Complaints

If an internal or external applicant feels that they have been unlawfully or unfairly discriminated against at any stage of the recruitment procedure they must write to the Human Resources Department within one month of the alleged event taking place, stating the reasons for the complaint. The matter will then be investigated and a written response to the allegation will be sent within 10 working days.

If the complainant is still not satisfied with the response; internal applicants may invoke the grievance procedure, external candidates may request a copy of the Council's complaint form.

Interview Tips

The Panel

Normally, you will be interviewed by two or three people. One of these will be a representative from the HR Department. The Manager or Supervisor of the relevant department will also be a member of the panel. The letter inviting you to come along for interview will give you the names and job titles of those on the interview panel. Some interviews will include a work-based test or sometimes a short presentation. Again, such details will be outlined in your letter of invitation.

Interview Questions

The questions you will asked will be linked to the person specification, so read it again before you attend the interview. Think about the type of questions you will be asked and possible answers you could give that would support your application.

Relax

Remember, interviewers will understand if you are nervous as most people being interviewed usually are. They will take this into account and will want the interview to go well. Try to relax - everyone makes mistakes.

Listen carefully to the questions being asked, if you do not understand then do not be afraid to ask them to repeat the question. Few people get through an interview without some mistakes so don't get worried or lose heart.

Special Arrangements

If you have a disability and need any special arrangements, let us know in plenty of time to help us organise this.

Be confident

Try and feel confident about the situation. If you have been offered an interview, it means that you have already been successful at one stage of applying for the job - your application form has impressed the shortlisting officer enough for them to want to spend time talking to you. You've probably been shortlisted from dozens of applicants, so you've every reason to be confident.

Interview Tips

Before the interview

You will normally have at least 5 working days notice before an interview. Use the time to prepare yourself and this will help prevent you feeling nervous.

Make certain you know:

  • Where your interview will be held
  • How you will get to the interview and how long the journey will take
  • Make contingency plans (for looking after children, and so on)
  • Take the letter inviting you to interview and any other documents requested in your letter of invitation
  • Set off in plenty of time so that you arrive 10 minutes early.
  • Think of any questions you may want to ask at the interview and, if necessary, write these down
  • When you arrive, give your name to the receptionist.

At the interview

  • Good manners and social confidence are important
  • Shake hands with the interviewers
  • Make yourself comfortable
  • Speak up and look at the person who asked the questions whilst you are answering it
  • Make sure you know roughly when you'll be informed of the result of the interview
  • If you are unsure about any aspect of the job, take the opportunity given to you at the end of the interview to ask the panel questions, e.g. questions about training or career development opportunities, who you will be working with, etc.

Coping with questions

  • Try and avoid 'yes' and 'no' answers
  • Be honest
  • If you are not asked about something that seems relevant and important to you, make sure you find an opportunity to say what you want to.

Examples of interview questions

The panel will use probing questions to help you provide evidence that you have the relevant skills, knowledge and experience to do the job. This will normally involve firstly asking a broad question about the subject area and then asking questions that require more specific information. The panel may also ask you "what would you do if" questions. Here are some example questions:

  • This job will involve typing reports and letters. What have you done in the past that will help you do this?
  • What is your experience of dealing with people over the telephone (broad). How did you deal with any difficult people (specific)?
  • Can you tell me when you have had to answer queries from the public (broad). What sorts of information did you provide (specific)?
  • What factors would you take into account when providing a service for the elderly?

After the Interview

At the conclusion of you interview you will be told roughly when to expect to be told the outcome.

If you are the successful candidate you will be contacted, usually by telephone, and offered the position. The offer of employment will be subject to suitable references, a medical assessment and sometimes, the satisfactory outcome to a Disclosure Application made to the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

If you are not successful, we will write and let you know this. You will be offered the opportunity to claim for any reasonable expenses incurred when attending the interview (subject to your being able to produce suitable receipts or tickets to substantiate your claim).

Feedback

If you would like feedback on your interview performance, you may request this by contacting the relevant Supervisor/Manager who formed part of the interview panel by phone or e-mail.

Summer Students

On occasions East Cambridgeshire District Council seeks to employ students to carry out work on particular projects during the summer months.

The Council's Summer Student scheme offers students the opportunity of first hand experience of working within a busy organisation as well as offering competitive rates for pay.

  • Each placement will be for a maximum duration of ten weeks.
  • The rate of pay offered is approximately £6.44 per hour (pay award pending)
  • Working hours will be up to 37 hours per week.
  • Students may be located in any of the Council's offices in and around Ely.
  • A full driving licence and access to a vehicle is desirable but in many cases not an essential requirement.

If you would like to register your interest in a summer student position, please use the Council's online application form to send us your details. Alternatively, if you would prefer to complete the form manually you can download and complete the Council's application form.

For an informal chat about the scheme call Christina Ward on 01353 616220 or email christina.ward@eastcambs.gov.uk

This scheme is open to students currently aged 16+

Please give particulars of the dates when you will be available to work.

Apprenticeships

To find out more about apprenticeships, visit the National Apprentice Service's website.

Work Experience Placements

East Cambridgeshire District Council is committed to helping young people find out about the world of work and the range of career opportunities available within Local Government. To this end, the Council participates in the work experience scheme in conjunction with Community Colleges around the District of East Cambridgeshire.

If you are interested in seeking a work experience placement with this authority please contact the HR Department by emailing christina.ward@eastcambs.gov.uk

 

Working for the Council

Working for East Cambridgeshire District Council is more than just a job. It's about getting involved in the local community, providing help assistance and essential services for the 74,000 people who live in the District.

In order to meet our commitment to high quality, continuously improving services we need to employ talented, committed people. In return we provide a supportive employment culture, offering flexible working arrangements, family friendly policies and competitive salaries and benefits.

Where do we advertise vacancies?

All vacancies are advertised on our own website and with Jobcentre Plus. In addition we may also advertise with local papers, such as the Cambridge Evening News and Ely Weekly News. If the position is of technical or professional nature, we may look to advertise with a specialist journal or magazine.

Contacting us to request an application form

Job advertisements give brief details of the vacancy including:-

  • what the job involves
  • the rate of pay
  • hours of work
  •  the work location
  • job reference number
  • a contact name and telephone number/email address for informal discussions about the vacancy
  • the closing date for applications
  • the interview/selection process date

They also give instructions on how to obtain further details and an application form. This will include an address to write to and a telephone number for our Customer Services section, who will arrange for your application form and further information to be dispatched to you within approximately 24 hours.

Before ringing, have the following information ready:

  • the job title
  • the job reference number and where you saw the job advertised
  • the name and address you want the information sent to.

You can request an application form in large print if you so wish.

Alternatively, you can apply for a job online on this website. The option to apply online is available at the bottom the details of each job vacancy shown on the job vacancies page.

Important dates to consider

Receiving the application form

If you telephone the Council's Customer Services Section, it may take 2 - 4 days to receive an application form and further details.

Closing Date

Completed application forms must be returned by the end of normal office hours on the advertised closing date. Closing dates are normally two weeks after the date of advertisement.

Acknowledgement of Application Form

If you require acknowledgement of receipt of your application, please ensure a stamped self-addressed envelope is enclosed with your application.

If you apply on-line you will automatically receive an email to acknowledge your application.

Being notified that you have been selected for interview

Candidates are normally contacted within 5 days after the closing date if they have been selected for interview. Candidates will usually be given at least 5 days notice that they have been selected for interview and details of the selection process.

The application form

East Cambridgeshire District Council's standard application form is used for all vacancies.

The Job Profile

This document lists what the job involves and the duties and responsibilities you will have.

The Person Specification

This is a document which gives details of the essential and desirable experience, skills and abilities needed to do the job. Every application form received will be compared to the person specification, so it is very important to refer to the criteria within this document when completing the section on supporting information.