The entire process of applying to be considered as a candidate for An Garda Síochana is a complex and competitive one.
With over 15,000 people having responded to the recent recruitment drive, only the very best will make it through the initial stage to get recalled for interviews, so if you are serious about choosing the Gardaí as a career you need to make the very best first impression you can with your application.
The closing date for applications from the general public has passed, but applicants for the Garda reserves and those who are currently serving members of An Garda Síochana who seek internal promotion or who wish to apply for internal positions can make excellent use of Garda IP.
Who can benefit from the services of Garda IP?
The following groups can take advantage of the years of experience and expertise offered by the high-ranking former officers of Garda IP:
- Applicants for the Garda Reserves.
- Members of An Garda Síochana applying for internal promotion e.g. Garda to Sergeant or Sergeant to Inspector.
- Members of An Garda Síochana applying for internal positions e.g. JLO, Detective Branch, Drugs Unit.
- Candidates applying for a career in the Defence Forces, Prison Service, Air Corps or Fire Services.
Why would I need help with my Application?
An application is about far more than merely supplying factual information about yourself; it can be used as a highly effective tool to demonstrate your commitment, knowledge and ability.
A good application should showcase your skills; give specific examples of your capabilities and how you dealt with certain situations, and generally provide the person reviewing it with a clear and positive picture of you as a potentially valuable member of the team you are applying for.
Some Things to Consider
Surprisingly, despite their eagerness to be considered for a position, many applicants actually sell themselves short or simply don’t realise how their life experience or abilities can advance their cause.
For instance, volunteering in your community shows a commitment and care that translates very well into the Garda role, and will be of benefit if applying for a promotion, new position or place within the Garda Reserves.
If you are currently in another role, think carefully about how elements of your work will translate well to the position you are applying for – people skills; interaction with the public; customer care; trouble shooting, and so on.
Many people don’t think about their existing online presence when they fill out an application – but the comprehensive vetting process for all level of Gardaí will check it out, so if you want to avoid awkward issues that might work against you, you’ll need to review your digital presence to make sure your professionalism and integrity can never be called into question off the job as well as in uniform.
These are just some of the things applicants will have to consider in order to be successful – and you can benefit greatly from the experienced eye of Garda IP. They will help you ask yourself the questions you hadn’t thought of; show you how to present yourself in the best light and in the case of serving members of the force, direct you to focus on the key points in order to secure the position you are pursuing.