Job Winning Selection Criteria
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Typical Types of Applications
Selection Criteria Statement
Where a position requires addressing the Selection Criteria as indicated in the job advertisement and/or Position Description, this will generally be segmented into ‘Essential’ and ‘Desirable’ criteria and requires individual responses to each criterion using the STAR method to provide exemplified examples.
Statement of Claims against the Selection Criteria
Rather than addressing each Selection Criteria point individually with structured headings, generally, a Statement of Claims requires detailing how you meet the required skills, competencies and focus capabilities for the position. Depending upon the requirements. this can vary from 1 – 5 pages.
Many Australian Government agencies and State Government bodies now require responses to online targeted questions, usually word-limited and can vary from 150 – 1,000 words for each response. These should also be presented in the STAR format where appropriate using exemplified situations from any position roles you have had.
Cover Letter & Pitch Applications
These can vary from 1 – 3 pages depending upon the Government agency and/or level of the position and usually require addressing the ‘How you will be assessed’ component of the related Position Description in the context of the role requirements.
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Government Application Requirements
Dependent upon the Department/Agency, you may be required to submit one of the following: Cover Sheet; a ‘Statement’ or ‘Pitch’ (word or page limited) about how your skills, abilities and experience meet the job requirements; addressing the Selection Criteria (STAR method); or answering any Questions if they have been included.
Some positions may require you to address each of the Selection Criteria for the role and others may ask you to respond to open-ended or ‘targeted’ questions in the application form; a 1-page Cover Letter; Selection Criteria (1-2 paragraphs explaining how you meet that specific criterion); Responses to open-ended or targeted questions in the online application form.
In addition to your resume, you’re also required to submit one of the following (this differs from each Department): a Word Limited Response to about six selection criteria (usually 500 words, 750 words, or 1,000 words); a Page Limited Response to the selection criteria (usually 1-2 pages); traditional selection criteria (1-2 paragraphs addressing each criterion).
There are a lot of variables in WA applications because each Department has its own requirements and procedures. Some applications will ask you to upload your Selection Criteria responses (STAR method) in Word document, while some will require you to copy and paste these into the Online Application Form.
Dependent upon the Department, some roles require the traditional Selection Criteria Statement whilst other roles want a Cover Letter addressing the Selection Criteria and why you’re interested in the position; some want word-limited responses. You may be required to write Short Statements (60-120 words) under each criterion with STAR examples examples of how you meet the criterion.
Dependent upon the Department, generally a completed Application Form; either a short form Application – still addresses the selection criteria but in a cover letter structure (usually up to 2 pages); or a traditional Selection Criteria Statement (1-2 paragraphs each criterion).
Dependent upon the Department: a 1–2 page Cover Letter describing how your experience relates to the role; a short Statement against 1-2 targeted questions; this should use the STAR method and also refer to the behavioural indicators relating to the capability level in the NSW Public Sector Framework.
Generally, a one-page Statement (usually max of 750 words) that usually tackles a high number of Selection Criteria questions (around nine questions); however, there’s no need to address each selection criteria items individually, hence, the narrative flow of your statement is very important.
Differ from role-to-role and can include: a Cover Letter (or a short statement) – summarising how your experience, abilities, education, skills and personal qualities relate to the requirements of the role, taking into account key responsibilities and attributes); a Written Response (no more than 2 pages) addressing your ability to meet the requirements of the role listed under ‘How will you be assessed’ within the context of the ‘role and responsibilities.