Ready to Work

In this section, you can create all the documents you need to apply for a job and prepare for an interview.

Explore the links on the right-hand side to help you as you go through these sections, and check out the A-Z Resources for further support.

If you need to train or study to obtain your chosen job, it will be helpful to go to the Study section.

Continue in this section if you are ready to apply for a job.



Prepare a resume

A resume is a document that summarises your education, experience, employment, training, skills and abilities.

Nearly all jobs require that you provide a resume with your job application.

Your resume is a great tool to keep track of your work history, the skills you have acquired, and outlines to potential employers your experience, training and history.

Preparing a resume before you start looking for work can allow you to apply for job opportunities as they appear, and enable you to write and talk about your skills confidently.

It can be useful to continue updating your resume with skills and experience, even when you are in employment.

For more links, check out the A-Z Resources.


Prepare a cover letter

A cover letter is a one-to-two page letter that introduces your skills and experience to a potential employer.

It allows the employer to see if you are a good match for the job and whether to offer you an interview.

Your cover letter may be in response to an advertised job or you may be enquiring about vacancies at an organisation.

Either way, it is important to customise your cover letter for each application.


Respond to key selection criteria

What is key selection criteria?

A job description will often have key selection criteria.

Key selection criteria outlines the responsibilities of a role – and details the specific qualities, experience and qualifications an applicant may need to apply for the job.

In your cover letter it is a good idea to outline your skills and experience that align with the specific selection criteria.

Some jobs require that you respond to each of the key selection criteria in a separate document – with specific evidence relating to you and your work history.

Why not phone or email the specific job contact listed in the job advertisement for the position description or key selection criteria? It is a good opportunity to ask questions about the role and what they are looking for in an applicant.

You can also ask how they would like you to respond to the selection criteria – if it needs to be supplied in a separate document or should be addressed in your cover letter.

It is important to be informed about the application process before you begin – so you can write a solid application that addresses ALL the selection criteria – helping you to land the next step – a job interview!

Get interview ready!

Prepare for an interview

Preparing for interviews greatly increases your chances of success.

Research the organisation and find out as much information as possible, such as through the organisation’s website or reading their annual report.

Prepare and provide evidence of how you gained your skills in your previous work experience or studies.

There are many common questions that are often asked in interviews  and it can improve your confidence and potential for success by researching these and preparing possible answers.

Apply the STAR technique to provide evidence-based responses to the prospective employer.

Excellent personal presentation is also important when going for a job.

Your clothes, attitude, confidence and the way you talk to staff will all be considered by your prospective employer.

Most importantly, remember to be yourself!

For more links, check out the A-Z Resources.