Responding to Selection Criteria and Job Specifications

When asked to address Selection Criteria or Job Specifications, it’s important to demonstrate your capability of how you meet the specific criteria listed in the role description.  You should provide specific examples of when, where and how you have applied these skills. Essentially, you’ll be describing your personal qualities, skills, abilities, knowledge, and qualifications to demonstrate you can perform the role effectively. 

Selection criteria help the employer identify the best person for the role. 

Selection criteria are sometimes divided into essential criteria and desirable criteria. To be seriously considered for a role, you must meet the essential criteria whereas desirable criteria is nice to have, and may give you that extra edge, but is less important than essential criteria.  It is a good idea to list each of the essential criteria as a heading, and respond to each one as a separate paragraph.

It’s worthwhile taking your time to ensure you’ve addressed the criteria and focussed on outcomes that you have achieved; this gives you the best opportunity to stand out in a pool of applicants.  

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Our “Kick-Start your Career” Series has more information available about all aspects of career planning and job preparation.

You can watch our recorded presentation “Applications that get noticed” for more specific tips and detailed information about responding to selection criteria, and how to identify the skills and experiences that employers require you to demonstrate in your application.

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Get help with your career planning or job preparation

Current and recently graduated students can book an appointment using the links below, or by calling TAFE SA Customer Support on 1800 882 661. Support is available for recently graduated students for 12 months after completing your training with TAFE SA. 

Note: All resume support appointments are encouraged to be booked as online virtual appointments using Microsoft Teams.  This will allow us to share our screens and look at your resume together in real-time. 

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