ESSAY REQUIRED FOR A JOB COMPETITION

 

This essay explains why I wish to be the manager in charge of the special projects and also the executive assistant. I will demonstrate that I have what the Ministry is looking for in terms of knowledge, communication skills, leadership skills, and research and analytical skills. I will further demonstrate that I clearly understand the structure of the Ministry and the operation requirements of the branch. Above all, I have great enthusiasm and ambition for the challenges presented by the position. I strongly believe that a combination of these aspects will make me successful in supporting the director and moving the branch to the next level.

My Knowledge

I served as the Senior Tax Program Specialist at the Relationship Management and Business Development Branch from the year 2008 to 2009. Here, I was responsible for interpreting and applying tax laws, tax administration agreements and I also kept myself abreast with the trends and contents of revenue policies as applied in the government. My knowledge in audit also comes from my two year experience as the Manager, Program Advisory and Training at the Revenue Collections Branch from 2002 to 2004. During this time, I was not only responsible for reviewing but also contributing to the Auditor General’s Report. Additionally, I managed all the expenditures of the unit.

My Leadership Skills

I strongly believe I have excellent leadership skills that would propel the Branch and the Director’s initiatives to great heights. My leadership skills are well exemplified in all the management positions I have held in the Ministry for a decade now. For example, while at the Revenue Collections Branch, I guided a team of seven Training Officers responsible for design and implementation of operational and technical training programs for the branch staff across the province. This was only possible following my strong appeal and influence of the people who work under me in spite of their social class. In all the management positions I have held before, I have managed to form strong teams of employees and also stronger relationships between the department not only with other departments but also with other partners.

My leadership skills have been enhanced by the relevant leadership courses and workshops I have undertakes and attended in the course of my career. Therefore, I belief that if I am given the opportunity, the skills will be very useful to the branch. (work on it )

My Communication Skills

I have to emphasize that my success in leadership is strongly attributed to my ability to communicate clearly and impressively to the people I lead. My knowledge and skills in human resource development and management were greatly enriched.My skills in interpersonal communication have exponentially grown in the course of my ascension in the public service. I have been able to develop strong negotiation skills with partners and stakeholders of the departments I have managed. My hallmark is to retain relationships with every party I am engaged with in any professional duty. In 2005, I participated in a many trainings which conferred me indelible skills on how to advance organizational communications. Lastly, presentations have been at the centre of my professional life. Through experience, I have been able master my voice, posture and eye contact when making a presentation. I also have exceptional skills in Microsoft PowerPoint which is used in most presentations.

My Research and Analytical Skills

I am convinced that my experience as a manager in collections research will be of immense value in audit. Other than the research experience I have received so far, I am a naturally analytical person. I pay a lot of attention to details because the unknown lies in the details. As I have stated above, part of my experience was characterized by analysis of statistical reports on the collections and making intelligent judgments based on cumulative trends evident in research information.

My Understanding of the Branch

From the onset, I am aware of the additional responsibility that the position entails compared to other Executive Assistant positions. I understand very well that management of operations across the province, exclusive to this position, calls for more accountability. As stated at the beginning and also in the resume, having worked for over 14 years in the public service, I am looking for new challenges of a slightly different magnitude from what I have been doing. I understand that a high sense of accountability will be required on the part of programs, personnel, finance and material and errors. Most importantly, I am aware of the Ministry’s organizational structure, its strategic plan expectations of the branch and the implementation plan to address the five key themes for the branch including morale, understanding the branch mandate, communications, knowledge transfer and complance. (Ontario Ministry of Finance, 2012).

The Ministry of Revenue has four strategic priorities which include value for people, optimization of provincial revenues, enhancement of stewardship and championing modernization. Therefore, all the operations of the branch will be aligned to these strategic priorities. In addition, under my oversight, the branch will effectively pursue its mandate by focusing on five key themes. In the context of these themes, I will motivate the workforce, make them understand the branch’s mandate.

If given the opportunity, I will be highly responsible and accountable in delivering and accomplishing my duties. In terms of program accountability, I will use my skills in project management and research to manage the necessary resources required in the running of the branch and consequently advice the senior management, including the director on what needs to be done.

 

Reference

Ontario Ministry of Finance (2012). Organizational structure. Webpage. Retrieved from http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/about/orgchart.pdf

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