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Selection Criteria FAQs

As an experienced and qualified selection criteria specialist and professional selection criteria writer, I am asked many questions in relation to addressing selection criteria, writing government job applications, applying for a role in the public service sector and recruitment and selection processes.

Below, I have listed a few questions and answers that may assist you in your search for new employment or a promotion.

What is merit-based selection?
Public sector legislation outlines the principles of merit-based selection and basically states that selection and promotion of employees within the public service sector should be based on the applicants’ abilities in relation to skills, qualifications, knowledge, abilities and experiences. Ideally what this means is equitable access to opportunities for promotion and career advancement.

Should I touch base with the contact officer prior to submitting my application?
YES! Contact Officers can be a great source of information about the role, the position requirements, the agency, department and the application process.

Before applying for any role within the public service sector, I would recommend touching base with the contact officer and asking them a series of questions about the position.

This will give you great insight into the role and confirm whether you should submit an application or not. If you are not sure what you should be asking them, contact me on nikky@CareerPro.net.au and I’ll email you through a few questions to get you started.

Do I need to address desirable criteria as well as essential criteria?
YES! Essential criteria are fundamental to your ability to perform the role. Desirable criteria relate to an ideal situation. However, as a job-seeker, you must address all of the selection criteria—essential and desirable.

For a highly competitive role, it can come down to how well applicants address the desirable criteria and how well they meet these.

Do I still need to write a cover letter?
In most cases, unless an agency specifies that you do not need to submit a cover letter, I would send one as part of your selection criteria statement. Writing a cover letter is a perfect sales opportunity for you to introduce yourself and highlight your unique “selling” points in order to encourage the recruiter/hiring manager to read further.

If you are preparing an application for the private sector or registering with specialist recruitment agencies, it may be appropriate for you to prepare an email cover letter, where your text is incorporated as part of the email body.

However, most public sector organisations are still rather conservative which means that sending a cover letter will strengthen your application and create an overall strong first impression.

How long should my application be?
Again, touching base with the contact officer will resolve this for you. However, if you are not able to contact them, I would usually recommend around three quarters of a page to one page per criterion response.

Usually no more than one page is required. However, use the level of role, its classification and complexity of the criteria as your guide.

Happy Selection Criteria Writing!


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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.

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