Book Contents

Section 1 – Responding to selection criteria

Every job ad has selection criteria, even if not called that. They are the skills, experience and knowledge an employer wants for that job. You can find them in the duties, outcomes, skills required or job description. This section is very practical and gives you words and phrases to use as well as models to follow.

Section 2 – Write a better application

There are good applications, better applications and great applications. Yours can be great if you know the “dos” and “don’ts” when applying. This section gives you real help with words to use and examples to follow.

Section 3 – Specific jobs

This section focuses on common, but specific jobs that have special application requirements. They include senior positions, Australian Public service jobs, TAFE jobs, jobs for new University graduates and online applications.

Section 4 – Résumés

A “one size fits all” approach to resumes does not work; your résumé needs to be targeted on the specific job you are applying for now. This section will show you how to produce a résumé that you can quickly targeted on different jobs.

Section 5 – Job interviews

Everyone says, “Sell yourself at the interview”, but no one tells you how. This section does just that. You will learn how to prepare what to tell the interviewer and how to do it. Everyone hates interviews, but knowing what you have to say makes it easier.

Section 6 – Skills

You have thousands of skills that an employer could use; the trick is in identifying them and putting them into words in both the written application and the interview. This section takes 19 of the most common skills asked for and breaks them down into actions that you have taken when using them. Very helpful for résumés and interviews.

Section 7 – Application and cover letters

Here you are given two types of letters – letter that simply accompany your résumé and other documents, and letters that are the application. It tells you about the small detail of structuring a letter and gives you two samples of each type. With these ideas you can write your own strong letter.