We understand that applying for a job is not an easy task! Here are some handy tips to help you create your application.
- When determining whether to apply for a position, ensure that you read the job advertisement and position description (PD) carefully. Ask yourself:
- Do I meet the key selection criteria in the PD and the requirements listed in the job ad?
- Do I possess an appropriate amount of relevant experience and qualifications to demonstrate my suitability?
What documents do I need to prepare for my application (outlined in the ‘How to Apply’ section of the advertisement).
Present your application in a succinct and simple manner that is easy to read.
Be consistent in formatting throughout your application. Use the same professional font and style across all documents.
- Use a separate heading for each criteria.
- Support each claim with evidence e.g. I have 3+ years experience working in customer service roles. In my role at [insert organisation/position], I [insert actions and results].
- Write in a clear and concise manner. Aim for 1 to 2 paragraphs per criteria or use dot points.
- Use correct grammar. Your written communication will be assessed from your responses. Ask someone else to proofread your responses to reduce mistakes you may have missed.
- If there is only one criteria that you don’t currently have the skills and experience for, tell us about how you would gain that skill, or provide evidence of your ability to upskill quickly.
- Pick two or three main skills or capabilities highlighted in the job advertisement, then provide examples of times you have demonstrated them previously.
- Showcase your enthusiasm for the role and outline any traits you believe sets you apart from other candidates.
- Tell us about your interest in Burnet and why you would like to work for us.
- Use direct and concise language, avoiding overly long sentences or fancy words. Keep the length to one page maximum.
- Use headings and subheadings. Ensure that the layout is clear, simple and easy to read.
- When drafting your employment history section, ensure each entry outlines your role title, company, and employment period in a clear and easy to read format.
- Outline relevant achievements for each role where feasible.
- Keep it brief. For most roles we recommend 2 to 3 pages maximum. Give more space to detail about your current, most recent, or relevant jobs and less about older unrelated roles.
- Consider including a profile statement at the start of your resume. This can outline your core skill set/experience, career goals and what you are passionate about.
- Ensure your resume is tailored to the role that you are applying for.
- Keep personal details to a minimum. Email and phone details are sufficient.
- Include a link to your LinkedIn profile if you have one.
- In need of a resume refresh? You can access a range of resume templates through Microsoft Word, simply navigate to File > New > Search ‘Resume’ in online templates.
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