Whether you are looking for your first career position, returning to work from an extended period off or looking to make the change, job searching can be both daunting and confusing. Here are a few helpful tips to help you with your application preparation:
Ensure that you know and understand the application process by reading the job outline carefully and doing your research.
- Can you apply online?
- Do you need to address a selection criterion?
There can be different components to an application. Make sure you know what they are and that you have completed all components.
Creating a resume
Your resume is your way of introducing yourself to a potential employer, so make sure you “sell” yourself as the best candidate possible for the job.
A resume is a professional document, so make sure that it is concise, well written and well presented. It needs to highlight your skill set, attributes and qualifications, focusing on your achievements rather than previous responsibilities.
Click on below for examples of resumes and layout:
The length of your resume will depend on the position you are applying for but as a general rule it should be between two (2) and four (4) pages in length. For example, when applying for a Support Worker role it would be expected that a resume should not exceed two (2) pages.
How to set out your resume
- Use standard A4 portrait page layout
- Only use one font type and font colour throughout
- Use 10 point size font, with a larger font size for headings
- Space your lines and paragraphs so it’s easy to read
Spelling and Grammar
- Use spelling and grammar checks
- Proof read it yourself twice over
- Have it proof read by a friend/colleague with good attention made to detail
To ensure you capture the attention of the reader, your resume should be:
- Professional in appearance
- Logically organised, well-written, and presented in a manner that allows quick reference to the information
- Contains accurate information and details (be honest)
- Include quantitative information and achievement statements
A cover letter is your chance to introduce, promote and differentiate yourself from other candidates. Your cover letter should convey your motivation for applying for the role and convince the potential employer that you have the right experience, integrity attitude and character to be a success in this role.
A cover letter must:
- Confirm the reasons you are applying for the role
- Mention key items in your background that will quickly establish your suitability for the role
- Highlight your interest to move to the interview stage
Some of the most common mistakes made when applying for a job are:
- Using a generic or old cover letter for a role you have previously applied for
- The use of gimmicks. For example, brightly coloured paper or multiple font colours used
- The use of an inappropriate photo in a your resume
- The inclusion of irrelevant information and/or information that could lead to discrimination (e.g. relationship status, aged, religious beliefs or political influences)
- Leaving off quantitative information (e.g. ‘Manager a team of 6 Support Workers or Received 3 out of 3 positive feedback forms from my clients) Quantitative information provides a sense of the size and scope of the positions you’ve held and the real value of your states achievements