After 8 years at one job here in Australia, I have to start the job search again which means the dreaded selection criteria. I had never encountered selection criteria until moving here. And I had only applied to 3 jobs when I first got here, three of which I interviewed for, and two of which I ended up getting the job. Eight years later, I have to familiarise myself with how to properly address the selection criteria all over again.
For those of you who don’t know what that is, basically it’s a list of qualifications/experience/traits/skills that the employer wants their new employee to have and you have to demonstrate you have those by writing it up. Here’s a sample set of selection criteria and how to respond to them. I find it to be the hardest part of the application process, well second to the interview. Basically you have to sell yourself. I’m not very good at that, even if I tick all the boxes in everything they’re asking for. You can’t just write, look at my resume! You have to show how you applied those skills you claim to have!
I understand why they do it though. It’s a great way to shortlist people before the interview: Do they actually have the qualifications we’re asking for? Can they follow directions? Can they write and spell correctly? Did they take time to research the company? But boy, it’s a struggle.
Anyway, there was no real reason for this post, other than to procrastinate on writing up an application! Wish me luck!