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Vacancy Closing date Salary
TREES OFFICER Monday, 12. May 2014 £19,817 - £27,323 per annum
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (ACCOUNTANCY) (PART TIME, FIXED TERM) Wednesday, 7. May 2014 £8,584 - £11,027 p.a.
TREES OFFICER Monday, 12. May 2014 £19,817 - £27,323 per annum

 

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.

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.

TREES OFFICER

Job Summary: 
Reference: 
CFE34
Salary: 
£19,817 - £27,323 per annum
Working Pattern: 
Full time
Hours: 
37 per week
Closing date: 
Monday, 12. May 2014
Interview date: 
Thursday, 22. May 2014

Reporting to and working directly with the Senior Trees Officer, your duties will include assisting in providing advice to Officers, elected Members, external groups and members of the public on the welfare, protection status and maintenance of existing trees and the planting of new trees. You will assist with the creation and implementation of Tree Preservation Orders, carry out risk assessments on the tree stock, update tree management records, the enforcement of any condition affecting trees made as part of planning consent, and deal with applications for work on protected trees. You will also attend and present evidence at Appeals, Inquiries and in Court on tree protection and enforcement.

With a recognised arboricultural or forestry qualification, you will have experience of providing specialist arboricultural advice and managing planting schemes. You will be computer literate, able to demonstrate good interpersonal skills, and have experience of dealing with the public and arboricultural professionals. A driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential.

Hours of work are 37 per week.  Applications from candidates seeking to work part time (minimum of 22.5 hours/3 days per week) will be considered.

 

In return, the Council offers a range of benefits including:

  • flexible working 
  • childcare scheme (in approved cases)
  • occupational health programme
  • training and development
  • essential car user allowance
  • holiday, sickness and final salary pension scheme entitlements

For an application pack, or an informal discussion about the post please contact Customer services on (01353) 665555.

You can apply for this vacancy online or download an application form for completion by selecting one of the options below:

Candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted by 15th May 2014. If you have not been contacted by this date, please assume your application has not been successful on this occasion.

The Council is an equal opportunities employer.

The Council is currently in the process of implementing a new pay and grading structure. Please be advised that the salary offered to the successful candidate may change as a result of the review.