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Selection Criteria. Career Workshop #4 Careers Services University of Canberra www.canberra.edu.au/careers. Selection Criteria. Criterion - singular Criteria - plural. What are they?. Selection criteria are the requirements that applicants must have to be considered for an

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selection criteria

Selection Criteria

Career Workshop #4

Careers Services

University of Canberra

www.canberra.edu.au/careers

selection criteria2
Selection Criteria
  • Criterion - singular
  • Criteria - plural
what are they
What are they?

Selection criteria are the requirements that

applicants must have to be considered for an

interview. These requirements will include:

  • Qualifications/Education
  • Experience
  • Skills
  • Personal Attributes
who uses them
Who uses them?
  • Selection criteria are a part of most job descriptions today. They are part of every government job description and are used widely in the private sector too.
  • If the job description includes selection criteria, you MUST answer each one for your application to be accepted. Otherwise it will go in the bin.
  • The employer will rely on your answers to the selection criteria to decide if he/she wants to interview you.
what to do first
What to do first ..
  • Read the selection criteria carefully!!!
  • Decide if you can meet most of the criteria or not. If you cannot meet most of the criteria, do not bother to apply for the job. The first criterion is usually the most important.

A degree in information technology with a focus on software engineering.

Two years’ experience in a management role in retail.

High-level writing and editing skills and experience.

types of selection criteria
Types of selection criteria

Often, there are two categories of

criteria in a job description:

Essential – you MUST have these

qualifications or skills or this experience.

Desirable – the employer would value

these, but they are not essential.

where do i start
Where do I start?

… with a new document and a heading ….

Response to the Selection Criteria

or

Statement Against the Selection Criteria

heading
Heading …

Response to the Selection Criteria

Public Affairs Officer

Media Liaison Unit

Department of Trade and Commerce

Position Ref: 234/2009

essential criteria
Essential Criteria

Essential Criteria

A degree in communications, with a focus on

public relations, journalism or marketing.

I hold a Bachelor of Communication (Public

Relations) from the University of Canberra, gained

in 2008.

criteria examples
Criteria - examples
  • Good research and analytical skills
  • High-level oral and written communication skills
  • Good customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Understanding of OH&S principles at work and a commitment to workplace diversity and equity.
criteria responses
Criteria - responses

First, for each criterion, state that you

possess this skill or this experience.

good analytical and research skills
Good analytical and research skills

(Statement)

I have good analytical and research skills gained

from three years of tertiary study in communication

at the University of Canberra.

star method
STAR method
  • Situation – what was your situation or context?
  • Task – what did you have to do?
  • Action – what action did you take, and in what order?
  • Result – what was the result or outcome?
good research and analytical skills cont
Good research and analytical skills (cont.)

(Examples using STAR method)

During this time, I researched a number of topics in

communication and analysed data to complete

assignments. For one assignment, I carried out research on

media audiences in the 12-15 year age group. I analysed data

from a variety of sources including data from the Australian

Bureau of Statistics. I compared the Australian data with

similar data from Canada and New Zealand and presented my

findings in a report.

I took the subject Communication Research Methods as a

required unit in the course and gained a Distinction grade.

Completing this unit increased my research and analytical

ability, including statistical skills and report writing skills.

good research and analytical skills
Good research and analytical skills

(Final version)

I have good analytical and research skills gained from three years of

Tertiary study in communication at the University of Canberra.

During this time, I researched a number of topics in communication

and analysed data to complete assignments. For one assignment, I

carried out research on media audiences in the 12-15 year age

group. I obtained and analysed data from a variety of sources

Including the Australian Bureau of Statistics. I compared the

Australian data with similar data from Canada and New Zealand and

presented my findings in a report.

I took the subject Communication Research Methods as a required

unit in the course and gained a Distinction grade. Completing this

unit increased my research and analytical ability, including statistical

skills and report writing skills.

ability to work well in a team
Ability to work well in a team

(Statement)

I am able to work well with others to achieve team

goals. I have gained this experience at university

and in volunteer work in the community.

ability to work well in a team cont
Ability to work well in a team (cont.)

(Examples using STAR method)

At university, I worked in a group to prepare a third-year research assignment. Each

member of the group had a different role. My role was to collate the contributions of the

other members into a final written assignment. We agreed on a timeline to enable us to

keep track of our work. Other members forwarded their work to me on a regular basis

and I assembled it and collated it into the final report. We then met to discuss the report

and make last-minute suggestions for improvements. This was a positive experience and

we gained a good mark for our collaborative work.

In my volunteer work for the Cancer Council fo the ACT, I worked with a group of other

volunteers to design posters for Daffodil Day. One of the group had good design skills,

another person with art experience suggested a colour scheme and my role was to write

the text for the poster and the flyer. We met twice a week to combine our skills and at

the end of a month, we completed a design we were happy with. We submitted our

design to the Council’s Media Manager who was pleased with our work and accepted our

design.

ability to work well in a team18
Ability to work well in a team

(Final)

I am able to work well with others to achieve team goals. I have gained this experience

at university and in volunteer work in the community.

At university, I worked in a group to prepare a third-year research assignment. Each

member of the group had a different role. My role was to collate the contributions of the

other members into a final written assignment. We agreed on a timeline to enable us to

keep track of our work. Other members forwarded their work to me on a regular basis

and I assembled it and collated it into the final report. We then met to discuss the report

and make last-minute suggestions for improvements. This was a positive experience

and we gained a good mark for our collaborative work.

In my volunteer work for the Cancer Council fo the ACT, I worked with a group of other

volunteers to design posters for Daffodil Day. One of the group had good design skills,

another person with art experience suggested a colour scheme and my role was to write

the text for the poster and the flyer. We met twice a week to combine our skills and at

the end of a month, we completed a design we were happy with. We submitted our

design to the Council’s Media Manager who was pleased with our work and accepted our

design.

oh s workplace diversity equity industrial democracy
OH & S, Workplace Diversity, Equity, Industrial Democracy
  • Difficult criterion to answer.
  • This criterion is about government legislation so every government job description will include several of these concepts.
  • You need to know what these concepts mean!
  • Every workplace will have policies about these concepts. Go to the website of the department or company and find them. Read them.
  • (More information on Careers website – Resumes and Job Applications)
desirable criteria
Desirable Criteria

Desirable Criteria (examples)

Experience working in a university or TAFE

college.

Understanding of current government media

and broadcasting policy.

Able to work at weekends to attend corporate

functions as required.

Some experience with statistical packages.

some final points
Some final points ..
  • Language – this is not an academic assignment. Your language should be clear and in the active voice.

Do not write: ‘I was required to prepare a monthly report ..’.

Write: ‘I prepared a monthly report ..’

  • Format – make the selection criteria easy for the recruitment manager to read. Bold the headings. Use 12point font. Use Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Presentation – white paper. Do not use tables, do not use graphics. Line spacing either single or 1.5 spacing. Do not use double spacing.
  • Spelling/Grammar – check your spelling and your grammar! Ask a friend to read your document for spelling mistakes or unclear sentences.