Many young college graduates in Brazil decide to take civil service examinations the hopes of clinching a coveted position in local, state, or federal government. It is no small feat as the competition for one of these jobs is fierce. Sometimes tens of thousands of candidates apply for a single opening, especially when it comes to high-paying legal positions in the judiciary, Public Ministry, and Attorney-General’s office.
However, even those candidates who make the cut aren’t always sitting pretty in the end. Some applicants discover all of their hard work was for naught due to being disqualified after a rigorous background check. Here are some issues that frequently come up.
- Not being a native-born or naturalized citizen. Even permanent residents cannot be public employees in Brazil, except at public universities.
- Age. Unfortunately, the maximum age to be recruited for a government position is 70.
- Proof of graduation. Most legal positions in the government require completion of a law degree before being appointed. What often happens is that students in their senior year of a degree program apply, but do not have their transcripts and diploma ready in time to be officially appointed, which means they lose their spot.
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