Attention Job-Seekers:

Do you want to write your own selection criteria?

This practical, step-by-step, e-book will guide you through the complex, complicated and time-consuming public service and government job application process and ensure that you achieve the results that you deserve?

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"How to Write Selection Criteria: A Step-by-Step Guide"

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Dear Selection Criteria Writer

Hi – my name is Nikky Rhodes and over the past 10+ years, I’ve dedicated my professional career to helping job-seekers at all levels (like you!) to secure their ideal roles across a range of broad and diverse industries (including the public and private sectors), through my roles as credentialed selection criteria writer and specialist (Certified Resume Specialist – APS), triple certified resume writer (CMRW, CARW, CRS), selection panel member/chair, recruiter, hiring manager and human resource professional.

“As a recruiter, I’ve seen in excess of an average of 60 applications for competitive and highly sought after positions. Unfortunately, what this means for you is that with an average of no more than 5 applicants being shortlisted for interview, you have less than 10% chance of being successfully appointed to the position.

I’ve even witnessed highly qualified, experienced and accomplished individuals being rejected for positions that they are currently performing or have been performing for a significant amount of time because of a poorly written application and being passed-over for interview and promotion by other job-seekers with better written selection criteria statements.

If you’re applying for a position within the public service sector, the ONLY way that you will be assessed is on your ability to provide strong, clear evidence-based claims of your knowledge, experience and abilities in relation to the role through your written selection criteria statement.”

So many of my clients come to me overwhelmed and frustrated by the complex and time-consuming public service job application process. They represent all levels and types of job-seekers including school-leavers, graduates, mature-aged job-seekers, migrants, professionals, management, executives and everyone in-between but what they all have in common is the genuine frustration that they are well-suited and qualified for a position in the public service but they have been rejected for interview because they have lost out to other job-seekers with better written selection criteria statements and government job applications.

Does this sound like you?

  • You have received numerous rejection letters despite being knowledgeable, experienced and qualified to perform the role that you have applied for, or even worse not heard back from the job vacancies that you’ve applied for
  • You don’t understand why you’re failing to secure interviews when you have all the relevant experience, knowledge, abilities, skills and personal qualities required
  • You’ve spent a lot of time writing and refining your responses to key selection criteria but you’re still not being invited for interview
  • You’re not sure where you’re going wrong and the reasons why your application and selection criteria statement is failing to achieve results
  • You’re confused by the public service sector recruitment and selection process and are not sure how selection criteria are used, including the practical steps to take when researching, planning and writing your own application

If this sounds like you and the issues that you have been facing then this practical and informative e-guide “How to Write Selection Criteria: A Step-by Step Guide” is guaranteed to radically improve your written application by equipping you with essential strategies, information and knowledge outlining the practical steps and proven techniques that you will need to apply when planning, researching and addressing key selection criteria, as well as providing countless examples of selection criteria statements, resumes and government job applications which have secured results for my clients.

OK – so I hear you asking yourself what sets this resource apart from other books and information out there? It’s unique because:

  1. It is written by a credentialed selection criteria writer who has experience preparing and writing professional government job applications on behalf of job-seekers as well as reviewing and short-listing applications on behalf of a range of employers. What this means for you, as a job-seeker, is that I am able to share my in-depth knowledge and expertise on the characteristics of a quality job application as well as give you unique insight into the thoughts and motivations of recruiters, HR professionals, selection panel members and hiring managers.
  2. It clearly and succinctly outlines in practical, easy-to-follow steps the strategies to follow if you choose to do-it-yourself and write your own selection criteria statement or government job application.
  3. It is jam-packed full of practical tips and advice, including selection criteria samples/examples that are designed to demonstrate and validate the information contained as part of the step-by-step process.
  4. Parts of the e-guide are clearly written with particular job-seekers in mind including graduates with limited experience, mature-aged employees and those returning to the workforce following a career break, migrants and those job-seekers needing to adapt this material to private sector applications.

In this e-guide, I’ll share with you the methodical steps that I take when preparing a selection criteria statement or government job application on behalf of my clients and with it you can say goodbye to rejection letters, confusing selection criteria requirements, a “blank” mind and precious time wasted on lengthy, convoluted and complex government job applications.

With this e-guide you will:

  1. Radically improve the quality of your own written job application (selection criteria statement, resume and cover letter)
  2. Get the results you deserve, if you follow the clear and straight-forward advice that I share with you....imagine securing more interviews and job offers
  3. Save time by learning how to address common government selection criteria, adapt material from previous applications and use a selection criteria framework to ensure that you address all the requirements of the role comprehensively and succinctly
  4. Eliminate any confusion about the selection criteria process by following these ten practical steps that you can apply to any level of application regardless of your experience and industry exposure
  5. Set yourself apart from other job-seekers and give yourself a competitive edge by uncovering and highlighting your unique accomplishments and achievements

Features of this 128 page/ 47,347 word e-guide:

Who is this book written for?

This book is written for all levels of job-seekers currently within, or seeking employment or promotion within the Australian Public Service (APS) and private sectors including:

  • Anyone who wants to get into the APS
  • Anyone who wants to get promoted in the APS
  • Anyone re-entering to the workforce after a career-break
  • Anyone considering a career change
  • Anyone who has to address selection criteria in the public or private sectors
  • Job-seekers applying for roles in the State/Territory governments
  • Entry-level through to senior executives
  • New graduates
  • School-leavers with limited work experience
  • Mature-aged applicants
  • Migrants
  • Career Development Practitioners
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Selection Panel Members
  • Recruiters/Hiring Managers
  • Any job-seeker who is time-poor, confused and frustrated by lengthy and complicated recruitment and selection processes

Although the principles outlined are tailored to job-seekers within the Australian Public Service (APS) they can be applied to the private sector as well, where there is a growing focus on competencies and core behaviour assessments.

“How to Write Selection Criteria: A Step-by-Step Guide” is written in ten logical steps and features supporting supplementary information:

Step One: Do your homework and make sure you are qualified, experienced and eligible to apply for the role. Talk to others about the role and organisation, conduct your own research and make sure that you are sufficiently interested in the position to submit an application. Remember that most applications will take in excess of 8 hours to write (that’s not including preparation time) so make sure that you are interested enough in applying for the role before you commit to this time investment.

Step Two: Touch base with the contact officer and find out more about the role, the organisation, the department, the inherent challenges of the position and any supplementary and supporting information about the application, selection criteria and requirements. Talking to the contact officer will usually confirm or clarify any doubts that you may have about applying for the role and what’ll be expected of you.

Step Three: Get a copy of the information/application pack and make sure that you have all the information about the agency, the department, the role and the application requirements. Remember, knowledge is power and the more you know about the role’s requirements, the better prepared you will be to tailor your application accordingly!

Step Four: Make sure that you understand what you are being asked for – this will ensure that you are able to prepare a specific, targeted response to the selection criteria at the appropriate level.

Step Five: Brainstorm for examples, identify your core achievements and transferable skills. Ask yourself questions, detail examples that are closely related to the duties outlined as part of the job description and think about all elements of your experience. This step contains valuable questions related to relevant competencies that you can work through and use to identify and quantify your unique accomplishments and contributions. This is an essential part of the selection criteria writing process as it is this element that will set you apart from the other job-seekers.

Step Six: Update your resume. Although the selection criteria statement is the primary means of assessing your suitability to the advertised position, your resume will play an important role in contextualising your experience and supporting your application. Make sure that it presents you in a positive way, is current, modern, targeted and up-to-date.

Step Seven: Write a winning cover letter (if required). This step contains all the essential elements that you will need to write a winning cover letter including cover letter samples/examples that you can use to frame your application. Although cover letters are not an essential part of government job applications, they can be used to create a positive first impression and encourage the reader (hiring manager) to read more.

Step Eight: to start writing your selection criteria....essential tips and strategies on structuring your selection criteria statement, validating your claims and providing evidence of your accomplishments, including writing in an active style and tone and creating a visually appealing application.

Step Nine: Check and proofread your application. Essential tips and advice on checking for errors, proof-reading your application and verifying application instructions.

Step Ten: Submit your application – information on submitting your application online, emailing applications, sending applications via fax, hand-delivery and mail.


Private sector applications includes information on how to apply for roles in the private sector, key documents to include, relevant tips and strategies, including an example of a private sector application (cover letter and resume).

Graduate applications including winning strategies for new graduates and graduate selection criteria samples.

Mature-aged applicants – tips for mature-aged applicants including how to avoid age discrimination and drawing attention to your age.

Overcoming barriers to employment and changing careers – a practical guide to overcoming barriers to employment and changing careers, including doing your research, volunteering, performing job shadowing and pursuing further study in your chosen field.

Migrants  - practical strategies to employ when job-seeking as a migrant including having your qualifications assessed, ensuring a strong level of communication in English, excluding irrelevant personal information, providing supplementary and supporting information and sourcing local referees.

Selection Criteria Examples/Samples including:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Presentation Skills
  • Quality Focus
  • Knowledge of Criminal Law
  • Achieve Results in Project Management & Sustainment
  • Information Technology/Technical Skills
  • Shapes Strategic Thinking
  • Decision-Making & Problem-Solving
  • Individual Planning & Self-Management

Browse the table of contents/e-guide outline for “How to Write Selection Criteria: A Step-by Step Guide”

Happy Selection Criteria Writing!

Kind Regards,
Nikky Rhodes

Certified Resume Writer & Selection Criteria Specialist (CRS-APS)
Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW)
Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW)
Bachelor of Social Science


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P.S.: If you’re still not convinced, start with my FREE BONUS Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Selection Criteria in which I provide you with a detailed and logical process for writing selection criteria including how to present your unique knowledge, experience, skills and abilities as part your selection criteria application.

P.P.S.: As the second FREE BONUS you will receive FIVE Selection Criteria Templates which you can use as a framework for your answers to selection criteria and to help you with the layout of your application.

P.P.P.S.: With over 10 years of combined experience as a credentialed selection criteria specialist, triple certified resume writer, hiring manager, recruiter, selection panel member/chair and human resource professional, I am well qualified, knowledgeable and experienced to present this first publication on “How to Write Selection Criteria: A Step-by Step Guide.”


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Having held a range of diverse and varied roles as Recruiter, Human Resources and Hiring Manager, and selection panel member, having sat on hundreds of selection panels, it seemed only natural that Nikky transition her passion for assisting job-seekers to establish CareerPro, a leading, professional writing business focused on helping job-seekers to effectively market and "sell" themselves to prospective employers. Through her unique writing services (selection criteria, resumes, curriculum vitae, cover/application letters) she assists clients and job-seekers locally, nationally and internationally to achieve their goals of promotion, interview and job success.




"Hi Nikky, This resume is amazing! I think that I had read similar comments to this on your website, but - I can't believe this was describing me when I was reading it! I am so happy that I decided to have you do this for me - the best investment for me for quite a while. I think that it is definitely going to be the secret weapon in obtaining a position. I am just in awe at your ability with words." DF, Bookkeeper

"Oh my goodness Nikky - this is amazing! You are certainly sensational at what you do and are totally worth the money! I would recommend you to anyone. I was a little uncomfortable at first reading this amazing resume that looked like it belonged to someone else, but once I read it in more detail you have described me and what I do to a tee! You are a very clever lady and you make me look very clever too!!!! LOL! The cover letter and selection criteria are so awesome and I'm 100% happy with these." DS, Administration Manager

"Hi Nikky, What you have written is amazing and I certainly could not word this application the way you have!" JJ, Service & Administration, University

"Thank you so much, I have to say I do look good on paper!" KB, Local Government, WA

"The outcome has far exceeded my expectations and I am over the moon with the result." KG, Executive Assistant

"Brilliant! I'm very happy with what you have written. Thanks so much and I'll let you know how I go." MR, Quality Assistant, Tertiary Education Institute

"You will be pleased to know that I was ranked No. 2 on this job - this is what I expected as the officer that has been acting in the position re-applied. I am actually going to be doing the job for 8 weeks so am pretty pleased with the result!"
DB, Client Services, Federal Government Department

"It sounds pretty damn good, would you employ me? Thanks so much for all of your help and the quickness of getting this done for me. I really appreciate it. Will let you know the outcome."
CM, Administration, Local Council

"Hi Nikky,
Resume is exactly what I wanted! Very professional Nikky, you are great with words. Thank you."
CB, Hair Stylist / Nail Technician

"The first draft looks fantastic!! I'm really happy with the wording and changes you made."
JC, Communications Manager

"Thanks for making my selection criteria so fantastic. I wanted to let you know that I did get interviews for all of the jobs."
JH, Administration, Local Council

"Morning Nikky, you have done a brilliant job with my resume. Thank you very very much."
JR, Executive Assistant

"Just wanted to thank you again for doing up the selection criteria for the Business Administrator position - I was shortlisted and had an interview yesterday. The interview went well I thought, but even if I don't get the job, it was invaluable experience for me. I should find out by the end of the week."
KW, Administrator, Tertiary Education Sector

"WOW, that was fast !!!! Thank you very much, they look fantastic."
LE, Administration

"I wasn't going to tell you until afterwards, but I have been offered and interview. The interview is being held this Tuesday at 11:40am. I didn't ant to jinx myself by telling you but I really wanted to let you know. Thank you so much and I will let you know how the interview goes.."
TS, PA, Private Education Sector

"WOW, thanks. I sound good! I didn't expect to hear back from you so soon."
JK, Environmental Management, State Government

"Hi Nikky,
That's fantastic, thank you so much. I would never have been able to write like that about myself. Funny thing is, a few of the personal type bits you added in, is exactly what I am like (ethics etc), so it was brilliant."
KH, Business Manager, Education Sector

"WOW - awesome. I am off work tomorrow & will scrutinise!! Looks fantastic at first read. Thanks Nikky."
MP, Consultant Change Management, Private Sector

"What great work! That all looks really great, you made it look so easy."
PT, Administration, Defence

"Your first draft is very good. I cannot believe it is my Resume. Thank you so much.."
RR, Entry Level Graduate, Public Sector

"Hi Nikky, it is brilliant, you made me sound perfect for the job. Thank you for your help."
MS, Registered Nurse, Allied Health Professionals, Centrelink

"Nikky, I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the personal attention that you provided as part of the development process we have been through in drafting my resume. The finished product has been a resume that presents my experience and achievements in a way that I would never have considered. You have provided a one-on-one consultancy that was most beneficial in tuning the vocabulary of my resume and skill focus for the industry I am targeting."
JM, General Manager,
Telecommunications, United Kingdom

"Thanks so much for taking me on as a client. I have nothing but praise for the work your business is doing and you have been unreal to deal with. Quick, accurate, pleasant! And yes the resume looks a lot better than before. I couldn’t believe how you managed to fit all that information into a few pages."
ID, QLD Government, Financial Controller

"Well, what can I say …………………..but what a job I am really pleased. I will have a really good read through it all tonite."
BW, Queensland Police, Automotive Engineer

"I just found out that I have been offered an interview for this job at (name removed) in Brisbane. You helped me with the resume and selection criteria. I had thought it was a bit out of my league so obviously your input helped to get me this far!"
KL, Postgraduate Student, Government Application

"Hi Nikky,
You are amazing! What an amazing job! Thanks so much for this so far and for your promptness. I may have a colleague here coming your way. "

AC, Business Specialist, Telecommunications

"Hello Nikky,
Wow and Thank you so much for this! You have done such a tremendous job. Of course you can enter it into the awards also :) I would love my resume to be a part of that as I think it is fantastic. Thanks for your wishes and I'm sure I'll get snapped up with this for sure. Good luck with your awards. Make sure you let me know how you go.”
AC, Business Specialist, Telecommunications

"Ahhhh Nikky!!!!!,
You are absolutely wonderful! Many thanks for ALL your assistance, hard work and guidance! Let me say that I thoroughly enjoy working with you, I’m very lucky to have you as my career CHAMPION!!!! Thank you very much for your encouragement and a warm hug back to you!!! "

IT, Marketing Executive, Tertiary Education Sector



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