At last night's New Mills town council meeting local resident Mr Tony Lawton, in the public speaking session, rightly complained that there were a lot of errors in the advertisement on the directgov website for vacancies at New Mills town hall.
There are currently two vacancies at New Mills Town Council. The following notices are from the town council's own website, where the absolutely outrageous multiple typos and errors of the directgov website advert have not been repeated:
25 Hours per week Monday - Friday between 9.00am - 5.30pm
New Mills Town Council is looking for a capable and constant Town Clerk. Previous experience is essential and a CILCA qualification would be advantageous. You will need to have an excellent understanding of Council process, have previously dealt with councillors from a range of political parties and will have managed a small team.
New Mills Town Council has undergone massive organisational transformation; therefore you will need to be able to build rapport, have excellent communication skills and be able to work within a challenging political arena for the betterment of New Mills' wider community.
You must be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of Town Council process, policy and correct procedure to correctly advise the Councillors at New Mills. A strong independent character with a good sense of humour would suit this role.
Handwritten cover letters and CVs to be forwarded for the attention of Deborah Garratt, Clerical Assistant, New Mills Town Council, Town Hall, Springbank, New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire. SK22 4AT
Heritage Centre Administrator
Up to 15 Hours per week Monday - Saturday between 8.30am - 6.00pm
New Mills Town Council is looking for a capable and competent administrator and organiser, to assume responsibility for the overseeing of the Heritage Centre.
This role requires a flexible and dynamic attitude as you will be coordinating the existing team dealing with the museum collection, organising volunteers, reporting and updating to both New Mills Town Council, which is the Governing Body, and the Management Committee. You will also be responsible for cash handling, stock taking and locking and unlocking the premises on a rota basis which you will be responsible for organising and coordinating.
This is a very challenging and exciting role and previous commercial experience would be advantageous. Any previous experience in dealing with museum exhibits would also be beneficial but is not essential.
Handwritten cover letters and CVs to be forwarded for the attention of acting Town Clerk Lesley Bramwell, New Mills Town Council, Town Hall, Springbank, New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire SK22 4AT
For both vacancies:
All applications to be received by Midday on Monday 24th March 2014.
Interviews will commence Monday 31st March 2014
Critical error in advertisements
Here is the contact address that has been used on the direct.gov adverts (this text is directly copied from the adverts):
"Handwritten cover letters and CVs to be forwarded for the attention of acting town clerk Lesley Branwell, Springbank, High Peak, SK22 4AT"
Notice anything important missing from this important postal address? A correct address is key to getting in a decent array of good applications and CVs from an advertisement.
The advertisement errors should be urgently corrected, especially the incomplete and incorrect address of the prospective employer, and consequently consideration should be given to the deadline for applications being extended.