Addressing Key Selection Criteria

When you apply for a job, the Key Selection Criteria are described in the position description - so you know what's required in the position.

The key selection criteria outline the qualities, knowledge and skills needed to do the job.

For some roles, you will need to write short statements that sell your specific capabilities for each of the criteria.

It is important to include specific examples or situations where you have demonstrated the behaviour, knowledge, skills and personal qualities asked for in the job selection criteria.

Perhaps you have worked in a related field or industry or have private interests that are relevant.

Take all of these things into account when responding to job selection criteria.

Writing a good Key Selection Criteria response statement is also great preperation for the interview stage of the selection process.

You now have specific examples that will help you answer questions about your ability to do the job.

Key steps to addressing job selection criteria:

  • No matter how the job selection criteria appear, follow these steps to ensure your application covers all the required information:

  • Highlight key words in the Key Selection Criteria and think about what the employer is asking for.

  • List examples of how you meet the Key Selection Criteria - describe relevant skills, experience, incidents, training, personal qualities and expertise.

  • Review your list and summarise, in a few sentences how you have demonstrated you meet each of the Key Selection Criteria that the employer would like you to address.

  • Be factual and positive in the sentences, show you did something, how you did it and what the result was for each of the criteria.

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Cold Calling and Marketing yourself to Employers

Cold calling refers to a telephone call or visit made to someone who is not known or not expecting contact, in this case, to gain employment.

When you are cold calling you need to have a very positive attitude.

You must believe in yourself and overcome your fears.

You will probably feel like a pest but this can be a very effective way of getting into specific employment and/or pathways.

There are six guidelines you should remember when cold calling:

  • Find companies you would like to work for - Identify the company where you would like to work, in the industry of your interest and research them.

  • Find contacts, Start with family, friends and acquaintances. Try searching contacts on the company websites and find the name of the human resource manager or manager of the department you would like to work in.

  • Prepare and practice -Write out your script and practice it multiple times.It is better if you can say it naturally and confidently rather than having to read it off a page.

  • Presentation, Dress like you are going to interview whilst you are cold calling.

  • Practice your phone skills - Before you begin, check whether it is a good time to talk (for example 5.30 pm may not be a good time when people are preparing to go home).

  • Follow up - Follow up with an email containing your resume and cover letter and thanking them for taking the time to talk with you.

Depending on the outcome of the phone call you may be able to ask for a meeting/interview.

Don't be discouraged if the cold call doesn't immediately lead anywhere.

The important thing is that you've made contact, and that could come in useful one day.

It's all about establishing relationships and expanding your network.

How to Write Cover Letters

A cover letter introduces and sells you to the employer.

Sending a thoughtful and distinct cover letter about yourself and personal abilitys can help explain why you are best for a job possition and give the employers a inisght to your backround, skills and future.

Tips to create a quality cover letter are:

  • Keep it short & ideally a cover letter should never exceed one page.

  • Aim for two to four brief paragraphs.

  • State the position & clearly state the job title and/or job number in the first paragraph of the letter.

  • Explain why you want the job & ask yourself how the position fits into your overall career plans and what you find exciting about the particular sector.

  • A genuine show of enthusiasm and knowledge will set you apart from those sending generic letters.

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Interview Hints & Tips

The secret to a great interview is preparation.

Research:

The more information you gather about the job, the more confident, professional and motivated you will appear at the interview so find out about:

The Employer:

  • What products and services does the organisation provide?

  • Where are the locations?

  • What is the profitability, size, structre of the organisation?

  • What are the working conditions?

Most of this information would be contained in an Annual Report or Company Website.

The Job:

  • What are the main duties and responsibilities of the position?

  • What personal qualities would the employer be looking for?

  • What qualifications are required?

You:

  • Why are you applying?

  • What can you contribute to the role and organisation?

  • How do meet the employer's needs?

Rehearse:

  • Talk about the interview with family and friends or your local employment/job search agency.

  • Practice the interview as many times as you can and have them ask questions they think an employer might ask.

Prepare:

  • Make a list of questions that you can ask the interviewer.Questions could be about the job, the organisation, hours of work or dress requirements.

  • Employers like when you have questions at an interview. One of the best ones to ask is "Why do you (the interviewer) work for this company?"

Plan:

  • Plan what to wear. How to get to the interview & what mode of transport and how long.

  • Plan to arrive at the interview at least 10 minutes before your allotted time.

Interview Hints:

  • Be punctual.

  • Relax & this will help you and the people interviewing you.

  • Talk to impress but remember to listen.

  • Remember the names of those interviewing you.

  • Body Language & this can undermine what you are saying so be aware.

  • If you don't understand a question ask for clarification, don't guess.

  • Answer the questions and give examples of your skills, but keep to the point.

  • Prepare, Prepare, Prepare.