Pay scales can help – but are not always a useful method of calculating where you fit, either. We have seen equal numbers of under-qualified and over-qualified candidates land a job in the public service, only to end up stressed and disillusioned, or bored out of their brains.
The best advice we can give here is to talk to people – in the organisation, in the team (there is always a contact officer for every job, for a reason!) and try to feel out how good a fit you are. If you think you can handle it, aim higher! After all, you’re not the one doing the assessing, so throw your hat in the ring, be honest, and you might get a pleasant surprise.
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