Even It Up!

Shifting the balance for jobseekers

Jobs for the boys

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More proof that it’s about who you know, particularly if you move in certain circles!

Even It Up! wonders if, before Kim Beazley and Brendan Nelson were appointed to their news jobs, they had to:

  • apply through a recruitment company
  • convince the consultant they were the best person for the job
  • answer copious amounts of selection criteria
  • tailor their CV to the position being applied for
  • have a panel interview or three, where they answered behavioural questions
  • undergo psyhometric testing
  • had their references checked
  • be kept waiting 6-8 weeks for any sort of communication about an outcome?

Clearly not, if the speed with which Brendan was appointed (and how quickly his Wikipedia page was updated*) is any indication!  Clearly, jumping through hoops is only applicable to “normal” people!

Things must be very different at the top end of town!

*Hint: not changing the article in front of  “former” to “a” is a dead giveaway!


Written by evenitup

September 18, 2009 at 9:19 am

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  1. Sorry, but the idea that diplomatic posts are the same as other jobs is so naive. Like the appointment of judges and statutory officers, appointments go through an internal process of identification of possible candidates etc. That is as it should be; people should not generally know they are being considered for these kinds of appointment befdore being directly approached. In any event, do you really think if we advertised an ambassadorship we would get any better appointees?

    Matt Loader

    September 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm

  2. Really now, *that* was the point of this post? I thought you were going to go on about sexism in the diplomatic corps, or how shockingly nice KRudd is being to the Libs (see the SMH article: 10 liberals, 2 labor!). It works differently when you’ve got politicians for mates! We all know that.


    September 18, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    • Indeed, but how often is the mirror held up and comparisons made to us mere mortals? *That* was the point of the post!


      September 19, 2009 at 9:32 am

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