ADDRESSING SELECTION CRITERIA
We take the stress out of writing responses.
"Your responses should tie your experience and skills back to the position, incorporating relevant examples."
Are you applying for a role and need to address a set of key selection criteria in order to be considered for the position?
We'll write for you personalised responses that are unique and concise, straight to the point. We will also incorporate your experience and demonstrate how it relates to the requirements of the role.
Key Selection Criteria Writing
WHAT WE OFFER
Are you applying for a job that has a key selection criterion attached, which must be addressed as part of the application, along with your CV and cover letter? Are you struggling to put the right words together and compile an answer that not only makes sense but also reads well?
If you are unsure what selection criteria is, then feel free to read this article on breaking down what selection criteria is, by Matthew Coppola.
As the job market becomes tougher to find suitable candidates, more employers are opting for potential candidates to address a set of key selection criteria. A well-written and correctly structured selection criteria letter can immensely help with reaching the interview stage and surpassing other applicants.
COMMONLY USED IN GOVERNMENT
Key selection criteria are mainly used in the public sector by government agencies at all levels including local, state and federal government. Candidates who write good responses are usually the first ones to be considered.
For example, many jobs advertised by the Australian Government are listed on the Australian Public Service website.
So, therefore, it is vital that you have professionally written responses that accurately address the employer's requirements and demonstrate clearly your suitability for the role.
And if you would like for your resume to be revamped, we also specialise in writing resumes and cover letters for all industries.
Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain productive working relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders that ensures successful cooperation and partnerships is an integral component of this role.
I possess strong interpersonal skills and maintain a strong track record in the ability to develop and sustain working relationships with a diverse range of people.
My previous roles have given me strategic responsibility for the planning, implementation and monitoring of a wide range of projects, involving diverse stakeholders and teams of people from the community, public and private sectors. My experiences are underpinned by well-developed and competent planning and organisational skills as well as exceptional verbal and written communication and time management skills.
In my role as the Coordinator at Shorten Institute, I was required to work on a complex project under the Shorten Youth Program.
The college had formed a Joint Venture Training Initiative with the foundation, and the existing program needed improvement as student numbers were down. In consultation with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, we identified the need to develop an employment program tailored towards young people to develop skills in gaining full-time employment. Part of our planning phase was to bring together all stakeholders, which included Portfolio Managers, Directors from Shorten Institute, as well as the Program Manager and the CEO from the foundation.
I played a pivotal role in the developing and planning phase of the program, focusing on marketing and promotion of the program to agencies and industry stakeholders.
I had to start the recruitment process and source students within a timeframe of eight weeks before the start of the next semester. Through a comprehensive consultative process, I established a working partnership with Business Entity whereby they source students upon completion of their traineeships within the various industries.
I also established working relationships via information sessions and presentations with various agency providers. I also nurtured valuable working relationships to assist students in the program with transitioning into potential full-time jobs in mining, business, retail, banking, and the public sector. The outcome of my extensive recruitment campaign resulted in a significant increase in student intakes.
EXAMPLE RESPONSE TO A CRITERIA
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
IMPORTANCE OF HAVING CONCISE RESPONSES
The person reading your application letter will likely have limited time in going through every application that they receive. Our goal in writing up responses to the required key selection criteria is to make sure that it grabs the attention of the reader and encourages them to continue reading on.
WE INCORPORATE EXAMPLES
In addressing each key selection criteria, we try to include at least 1 or 2 prime and concrete examples that demonstrate your aptitude and which is relevant to what the criterion is asking for.
We follow the 'SAO' approach when writing the response. However, every response is going to be different. When incorporating an example into the response, we try to adjust and expand upon examples provided by you so that it outlines the "Situation"; "Action" and "Approach" that you took. Similar to the STAR technique in addressing selection criteria.
We also like to structure each response to include an introduction, body and conclusion which then ties everything neatly in a readable and understandable manner. In writing out each response, we believe it is important to be truthful and positive, not exaggerating or downplaying your skills, capabilities or experience.
TAILORED FOR YOU
Every selection criteria that we write will be personalised and tailored based upon your own experience. We will also tie your experience back to the responsibilities of the position.
We use appropriate keywords and concrete answers that accurately respond to the question and help to demonstrate your suitability in performing the role.
LENGTH OF OUR RESPONSES
When addressing the key selection criteria, our responses are maximum half a page long.
We conduct extensive research by going through the position description and deciphering what the employer is looking for, as well as what is involved in the role. We try to incorporate keywords used in the job description and include it where appropriate when writing up each response.
Even in situations where the job description is not informative enough, we work around this by researching similar other roles.
We make initial contact with you by phone/email for a brief discussion.
We then ask if you can send us your existing resume along with a copy of the role description and (if at all possible) a copy of your current job description. We will then email you which examples we need to assist us in addressing each key selection criteria.
Once we have all the information we need we can proceed, but if there is anything else we need to know in the course of working on your criteria, we will send you an email.
Full payment will need to be made upfront prior to us commencing work.
We generally ask for a turn around time of about 3 working days for us to address the criteria. This may change at any time and depends on our current workload.
Once the key selection criteria are completed, we will then send it to you for your review. We will ask you to thoroughly read over each response.
Once you have made your review, we will then make any changes or additions as required by you. We allow for one major review.
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