Tips for resumes, cover letters, selection criteria and job interviews
Applying for a position with a great cover letter and tailored resume can boost your chances of landing an advertised role. Being prepared for a job interview can also help you engage with an employer and give you an edge over other candidates. Before you apply for a role, check out our examples of resumes and cover letters, as well as our tips for addressing selection criteria and interview preparation. We also have some great resources to help you practice your interview skills and try free psychometric testing used by employers.
Crafting a winning resume
Every resume needs to include some basic information: your skills, education, and employment history. You have just a few seconds to capture an employer’s attention, so your resume should be easy to scan. Choose a resume style best suited to the role you’re applying for and the experience you have in that industry.
Your resume should be clear and logical and grouped under headings relevant to the job you’re applying for. Also, be consistent with your fonts, formatting, tone and bullet points, and keep your resume to an appropriate length.
Preparing a professional resume
Outlines the key features of an effective resume and provides examples.
A breakdown with explanations of a resume's key features.
Create and customise
Tips for designing and writing an effective resume, how to tailor it for the role you're applying for and hints on how to get your resume noticed.
High school graduate
Seeking a casual or part-time position
Engineering degree with project experience
Relevant experience and skills in social work
Final-year nursing student
Seeking graduate employment in clinical health
Skills and experience-focused communications professional
Graduating student in occupational therapy
Projects-oriented - focused on financial planning
PhD graduate including research and teaching experience
Degree-qualified with experience in multiple industries
Business student applying for a specific program or internship
MBA graduate with executive and leadership experience
Experienced environmental Scientist with a Masters degree
Focused on the legal profession
Showcase your creative experience
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Use examples to back up your statements wherever possible and quantify with data to increase impact. For example, including your GPA to highlight your excellent work ethic or sales figures to show your contribution to a business.
Letter-writing tips and examples
ADDRESSING SELECTION CRITERIA
When addressing selection criteria, use each point provided as a heading. These are the attributes an employer requires of the successful candidate, so address the criteria clearly and as articulately as you can.
The most effective and widely used approach to addressing selection criteria is the STAR approach. This stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result.
For more guidance on addressing selection criteria, download our resources below.
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During an interview, it's common to be asked behavioural-based interview questions that give you the opportunity to provide examples of previous achievements. A good indicator of future success is how you’ve handled situations in the past, and what you’ve learnt from those experiences. Think about anecdotes that show off your skills and abilities using the STAR technique mentioned above. These examples show that you can identify and articulate problems to be solved, develop a plan for solving them, and achieve results.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions yourself. An interview is also your chance to scope out a workplace and check that it’s a good fit for you. Evaluate what you really want in a company, and the types of things you’re looking for in a workplace. Keep something in reserve though...you probably don’t want to ask about salary in the first interview.
Remember, using positive language in an interview can also leave a favourable impression on the interviewer. Employers want to select a candidate with a positive attitude, good sense of self-awareness and ability to contribute to the culture of their workplace
Prepare to make a good impression
Get a friend to run through some sample interview questions and give you feedback. Make sure you have a few scenarios up your sleeve to use as examples of your achievements in the interview.
The interview will often relate to the selection criteria, so make sure you can provide further information about the points made in your responses.
Download our guide to types of interview questions and strategies for answering them, as well as some sample questions.
VIRTUAL INTERVIEW TRAINING
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Psychometric testing consists of a combination of personality profiling and aptitude testing. Graduate recruiters use psychometric testing prior to interviews to eliminate unsuitable candidates. Students are encouraged to sit free online practice psychometric tests via a variety of sites. Below are just three examples: