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You will improve your chance of selection if you do some research and planning before you apply

You will improve your chance of selection if you do some research and planning before you apply

Your application is the first step towards a rewarding career with CARE Australia and our first impression of you. Therefore, it is important that you give yourself the strongest opportunity to succeed right from the beginning.

To apply for a job with CARE Australia, please review the Candidate Information Pack and complete the online application form linked to the relevant vacancy on our careers page. Please ensure you attach your response to the Selection Criteria, CV and cover letter at the bottom of the application form before clicking ‘Apply Now’. Once you have submitted your application you will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt.

Preparing your application:

1. Carefully read through the Candidate Information Pack

  • Check that you are eligible to apply, and that the salary and entitlements match your expectations.
  • Ensure you understand the role that you are applying for and that it is suited to your skills, experience and qualifications.
  • If you have any questions, please phone the contact officer named in the Candidate Information Pack.

2. Complete the Online Application Form

  • An ‘Apply Now’ button can be found at the bottom of each vacancy announcement. This will take you to our online application form to complete.

3. Respond to the Selection Criteria

  • Outline your specific skills, knowledge and attributes that are relevant to the position.
  • Responding to the Selection Criteria will assist the selection committee to assess your suitability for the position.
  • We recommend about half a page responses to each criteria.

4. Upload your CV, response to the Selection Criteria and Cover Letter

  • Once you have completed the online cover form you will be prompted to upload your CV, response to the Selection Criteria and cover letter to finalise your application.

To ensure an informed assessment of your suitability and claims for the position is conducted it is recommended that you complete all parts in the application process.

Tips on how to prepare a CV

Your CV is one of the most useful tools in demonstrating your suitability for a role. When preparing your CV it is important to remember the following:

  • Keep it simple and succinct. We recommend approximately two to four pages.
  • List your relevant work experience in chronological order, starting from your current or most recent role.
  • Do not just outline each position and employer; be sure to include your responsibilities and achievements while in each position.
  • Ensure relevant personal information is provided such as your name, contact number, address and email address, as well as any period where you might be un-contactable.
  • List your qualifications, the institute in which you received them and the year.
  • Outline at least two professional referees, their current role, contact details and their relationship to you. Friends, colleagues and associates are not suitable as referees.
  • Explain any gaps in your career (travel, having a family, etc.).
  • Outline any relevant volunteering opportunities.
  • Do not use abbreviations, slang or jargon.
  • There is no need to insert pictures or graphics, or attach any certificates or referee reports.

Tips on how to respond to selection criteria

It is important to not only rely on your CV when submitting an application. When addressing the selection criteria it is important to:

  • Provide a clear and succinct statement against each selection criteria. We recommend approximately half a page for each criterion.
  • Ensure you clearly understand what is meant by each criterion before preparing your response.
  • Briefly outline how your skills, experience, qualities and knowledge enable you to meet the criteria and perform highly in the role. Include an overview of your relevant experience, responsibilities, achievements and examples to demonstrate your suitability for the position. Your resume is a good place to look first at determining these.
  • Use relevant and specific examples to support your claims, and clearly outline what your role was in the example.
  • When structuring your responses you may consider utilising is the STAR model:
         Situation – provide a brief outline of the situation or setting
         Task – outline what you did
         Approach or action – outline how you did it
         Result – describe the outcomes
  • Be honest and factual.
  • Edit, proof and re-read several times.