Tips for addressing the selection criteria

The following tips will help you address the selection criteria.
  • Read the role charter to get a better understanding of what the position involves
  • When addressing each criteria make sure to include details which explain your qualifications and experience and demonstrate these by providing examples of how you perform the tasks
  • It is important to address all the essential and desirable criteria so that your application can be easily and accurately assessed for suitability relative to other applicants. Failure to address the criteria may exclude you from being considered further

Council suggests applicants use the STAR method when addressing the criteria as follows:

SSituationExplain the situation (set the context for your example)
TTaskTask Explain what was your role
AActionAction Explain what did you do and how did you do it
RResultAdvise the outcome from your actions. What did you achieve?

See the following examples utilising the STAR method when addressing criteria.

Solid experience in an office administration role

I have been working in my current role as office administrator for the past two years. During my employment I have been responsible for all administration support to four project managers. I am currently the only administration support person within our office.

Over the past six months I have been responsible for the redesign and implementation of our Standard Operating Procedures. As part of this project I collated information, retyped each procedure, reorganised the files, developed an online access point and designed instructions of use for the team.

My manager was very happy with my work and has used our system as an example for other teams within the organisation.

Demonstrated experience in general gardening, ground maintenance and landscaping

During my apprenticeship I covered all areas of green keeping and ground maintenance. Once I finished my apprenticeship I immediately started working on a complete landscaping renovation for a residential estate.

This was a 12 month project and during this time I replanted and conserved all the flower beds within the public areas. I maintained the greens within the Bowling Club on a daily basis. I was also part of the team who was responsible for relaying the turf at the Soccer Club, which included the installation of an irrigation and water system.

I am proud to say the local council has nominated this project for an award as part of ‘Prize Winning Gardens’.

Must have a class C Drivers Licence

I have a current class C driving licence which I have held for over 12 years. My licence number is L123456 which is valid to 16 November 2020.