Selection Criteria

Affordable, realistic pricing.  Many selection criteria writing services that advertise in Australia, are, in fact, overseas’ based.  That’s the reason for (very often) highly inflated prices including in excess of $65 per single criteria response. If you have say, 4 criteria, that’s a whopping $260 per application.

We are Australian owned and operated, and we cannot justify these excessive prices. What’s more, we have an exceptionally high success rate in achieving interviews and job offers for our clients.  That’s important to us and it should be to you.

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Once approved, we forward the final documents in Word and PDF formats.  Note that if you have also ordered a professional resume, this includes ongoing edits any time that your circumstances change.

Working with Total Resume Service is an ongoing partnership, and we encourage our clients to reach out with questions related to their job search, or for future assistance with updating or tailoring the resume as you progress in your career.

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The job market today has never been more competitive with most advertised job vacancies attracting upwards of hundreds of applications.  If you think a home-made resume (including a template you have got off the web) is going to achieve an interview for you, think again!

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Selection Criteria Responses:
Order the number of Selection Criteria responses associated with the application.  For example, if the application requires responses to say 4 criterion, you should order the 4 x Selection Criteria, or, if your application requires six (6) criterion, you should order the 6 x Selection Criteria.  NOTE: You must order the COMPLETE APPLICATION, not partial responses.

Selection Criteria Responses + Cover Letter:
If the Selection Criteria application also has provision for a separate Cover Letter, it is always to your advantage to include one as this provides an opportunity to further enhance your application. In these situations, order the Selection Criteria Responses + Cover Letter rather than the stand-alone Selection Criteria responses.

Online Responses (Targeted Questions):
Identify the number of responses required and word limitations associated with online responses and order accordingly.

Online Responses + Cover Letter:
If the online application form also has provision for a separate Cover Letter, it is always to your advantage to include one as this provides an opportunity to further enhance your application. In these situations, order the required online responses and then order a separate Cover Letter.

Selection Criteria applications requiring a limited or unlimited ‘Pitch’ or ‘Cover Letter’:
Some applications do not require addressing the Selection Criteria, instead, they specify a ‘Pitch’ or ‘Cover Letter’ response detailing why you are the right person for the job or similar.  Usually page limitations are specified – if not, you should order either the 2-page or 3-page pitch. 

Professional Resumes:
Before you complete your order, consider your current resume: will it pass through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and does it effectively promote your value proposition to stand out from hundreds of applications?

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Government Job Guidelines

Australian Government (APS)

Where to find jobs: https://www.apsjobs.gov.au/s/ and https://www.apsjobs.gov.au/s/gazette
Guide to Applications: (Cracking the Code): https://www.apsc.gov.au/sites/default/files/crackingthecode.pdf

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.

Victorian Government

 Where to find jobs: https://www.careers.vic.gov.au/

Application Requirements:
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 Responses at 300 words max (instead of 120 words).  You may be required to write Short Statements (60-120 words) under each criterion with SAO (Situation, Action, Outcome) examples of how you meet the criterion.

NSW Government

Where to find jobs: https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/
How to apply:  https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/how-to-apply
NSW Capability Framework: https://www.psc.nsw.gov.au/workforce-management/capability-framework/the-capability-framework

Application Requirements:
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.

ACT Government

Where to find jobs: https://www.jobs.act.gov.au/opportunities/all
How to prepare your application: https://www.jobs.act.gov.au/how-we-hire/prepare-your-application
Application Kit https://www.jobs.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/1207700/applicant-information-kit.pdf

Application Requirements:
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).

QLD Government

Where to find jobs: https://smartjobs.qld.gov.au/jobtools/jncustomsearch.jobsearch?in_organid=14904;

Application Requirements:
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 (usually 1-2 pages); a Written Application (usually 1-2 pages); 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;’ similar to a cover letter.

WA Government

Where to find jobs: https://jobs.wa.gov.au/
Applicant Guide: https://search.jobs.wa.gov.au/files/vacancies/147998/192704.pdf

Application Requirements: 
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.

SA Government

Where to find jobs:
 
https://iworkfor.sa.gov.au/page.php?pageID=842&windowUID=0#report
Application Guide:  https://iworkfor.sa.gov.au/iworkforsa/docs/recprocres/applying-for-a-position.pdf

Application Requirements:
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 (you should submit one even if the job ad doesn’t specifically ask for one); Selection Criteria (1-2 paragraphs explaining how you meet that specific criterion); Responses to open-ended or targeted questions in the application form.

NT Government

Where to find jobs:
 
https://jobs.nt.gov.au/Home/Search
Information for Applicants: https://ocpe.nt.gov.au/employment-conditions-appeals-grievances/applying-for-and-filling-jobs/information-for-applicants

Application Requirements: 
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.

TAS Government

Where to find jobs: https://www.jobs.tas.gov.au

Application Requirements:
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).

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