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Applying for a job

How to apply

All available positions are advertised on our Current Vacancies page.

The job advertisement will provide you information on the requires of applying for the role. The minimum requirement will be to provide a resume. You may then also be asked to provide a cover letter, address a key selection criteria, or even upload specific licences/certificates that are a requirement of the specific role that you are applying for.

Cover letter

Your cover letter should summarise your key skills and experience in no more than one page and provide a valuable snapshot of what you have to offer.

Your letter should be structured in a logical way.

  1. Date
  2. Contact details
    Include your name, and contact number and e-mail address as a minimum
  3. Job details
    Include the employer's name, job title and position number.
  4. Introduction
    Write about why you are interested in the role. In a sentence or two, explain why you are the best candidate for the job - you need to grab your audience at the beginning of your cover letter. Explaining why you are the best person for the advertising job.
  5. Body
    Demonstrate how you meet the experience and skill requirements of the position. Identify your strengths and accomplishments and highlight some key points from your resume and provide supporting evidence.
  6. Conclusion
    Thank the reader for their time and consideration and indicate your availability for an interview.
  7. Pay attention to writing style, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
    A clear writing style will ensure your letter is easily understood by the reader. It is important to be concise while still giving enough detail. To do this, cut out unnecessary words, avoid jargon and avoid overly complex sentences. Be positive in content, tone and word choice.

Resume

A resume or curriculum vitae provides a summary of your skills, employment history, experience, knowledge and abilities relevant to the position you are applying for.

In a resume it is important to demonstrate your achievements, what you have learned and the commitment level involved.

By describing your achievements, we will get a clearer picture of what you did to develop the skills and whether you have the qualities and experience we are looking for.

Your resume should include your:

  1. Name
  2. contact details - phone number(s), email as a minimum
  3. Employment history – start with your most recent job and work backwards, include all relevant work history, including volunteering and work experience
  4. Education and qualifications - a brief summary of your education and qualifications, including the name of the institution where you studied, the course title and the date completed. Also include any short training courses you have completed. Ensure you are able to produce documentary evidence of any formal qualifications required for the job.
  5. Demonstrated skills - this may include information about your ability to use relevant software programs - indicate if your skills are basic, intermediate or advanced.
  6. Special achievements - highlight any special achievements, such as community work, volunteering, prizes or awards
  7. Referees – contact details of at least two referees who can support your claims in relation to the position. Your referees could include a previous employer, manager or supervisor; a teacher or trainer; and a coordinator of voluntary work. Make sure your referees know they may be contacted and have details about the job you are applying for.

Tips:

Use dot points to separate the individual skills you have gained through previous positions and past experience

Use headings and sub-headings to clearly separate different areas such as employment history (including month and year of employment), skills, knowledge and abilities

Key selection criteria

The key selection criteria indicate the level of knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and personal attributes that a person needs to perform the role.

Council often requires you to provide a statement responding to each criteria as part of your application. Council indicates if you need to respond to the key selection criteria in the job advertisement.

Your responses allow us to better assess your ability to meet the requirements of the job. How well you fulfil the criteria will determine whether or not you are asked to attend an interview.

The aim when addressing selection criteria is to show how your skills and experiences are relevant to the position you are applying for. It is important to be focused and directly address each criteria.

Two or three paragraphs is usually enough to address each individual criteria.

We recommend you use the STAR approach when writing your responses to the selection criteria

Situation (Task) : Provide a brief outline of the situation or task
Action:
What did you do in response to the situation and how did you go about it?
Result:
What was the result of your actions? What did you achieve?

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Moreland City Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are committed to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly regardless of their background or personal characteristics.

Visit Victorian Human Rights Commission for more information about discrimination and workplace rights.