How to apply for Government and Public Service jobs in South Africa

How to apply for Government and Public Service jobs in South Africa
How to apply for Government and Public Service jobs in South Africa

How to apply for Government and Public Service jobs in South Africa

Careers in public service can be fulfilling and rewarding, and you can make a significant difference in the world through a government job. The government offers careers in almost every industry from finance, agriculture, health and social work, to name only a few. However, getting a government job is quite tricky. The application process is more complex than usual, and there is a lot of competition for the positions. In this article, we take a look at how to apply for a government job in South Africa and the available roles for you right now.

First things first

The first thing you need to do when finding a job is to find the job that suits your skillset. You should not just throw in applications at every job advertisement without taking an inventory of yourself and what you want for your career. Figure out your main strengths and goals and see if they fit the job you want at the moment. By doing this, you will communicate why you are more suitable for the job to the recruiter. Figuring out your main strengths should not be just about producing a list of what you can do, but rather it is the ability to show your qualities to the recruiter.

Where do I find South African government vacancies?

The next logical step is to go job searching, and most people do not know where to find government jobs. Most government jobs are found online and advertised on the websites of national government departments and in the Public Service Vacancy Circular, which contains advertised posts in all national and provincial governments. Also, you can find job adverts from across government as advertised in the Vuk’uzenzele newspaper. You can also find government Jobs on online job search portals like vacancy mail, which are easier to use and more to the point.

 You have found the job you want, now what?

The next logical step is applying for the job that you have selected. Applying for a job involves writing a CV, cover letter and usually filling a Z83 application form. Your CV should give an employer a sense of what your skills are and what experience you have. Recruiters decide who to interview based on the CVs they receive, so your CV must be well put together and to the point.

How to apply for Government and Public Service jobs in South Africa

The Department of Labour provides these guidelines for your CV

  • Personal information including surname; first names; date and country of birth; identity number; male/female; married/single; state of your health; driver’s licence; address and contact numbers
  • Educational history
  • Languages you can speak and write and how well
  • Computer skills
  • Present position and employer (if you are employed)
  • Employment history (if you have been employed, including part-time jobs and volunteer work)
  • Basic skills and characteristics
  • Awards received and leadership positions
  • These references should be credible and a reliable source of truthful information regarding your work ethics and credibility. Always check in with these references before your interview to ensure that their contact details are still valid and that they are still available to stand as a reference for you.

It is advisable that you tailor-make your CV to fit the position you are applying for each time. You should also include a cover letter in your application that highlights your skill set and how it fits with the role you are applying for.

Apart from a CV, you are usually required to fill a Z83 application form when applying for a government job. The Z83 application form must be up to date and filled fully.

Adding it all up

Having done all these, you send your application as requested by the recruiter, maybe through email, in hand or through the post office. Before sending the application, make sure you call the recruiter through the numbers provided by the job description and gain more insight about the position as possible to help you prepare a better application. Furthermore, you should also make sure certified copies of the required documents are all attached to your application, that is, school certificates, ID, drivers license if needed and all other required documents. Follow the instruction given to you by the job description carefully, and you will have a better chance of getting an interview for that job you have applied for.




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