Over the last several years, there has been a prevailing trend towards shorter government applications. While full responses to selection criteria are still utilised, more Government agencies are turning to a cover letter, comprising of 1 or 2 pages.
I personally think this is a great trend, as in the ‘not so good old days’, when long and unwieldy responses were the norm, there was a lot of repetition and these applications did little to make the selection process easy, or accountable. (I also personally felt sorry for panel members who had to wade through mountains of tripe).
However, before you quickly scratch together a cover letter for government, you have to keep in mind, that while these applications might appear simpler on the surface, they are in many regards more complex than the standard selection criteria response.