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article-tipsWhen it comes to landing your dream job, there are plenty of factors to take into consideration and even for the most competitive roles, there are steps you can take to give yourself the best chance possible.

The application process.

It all starts with the application process. Take your time to read and fully understand the position you’re applying for.

  • Do you have the right stuff?
  • Are you experienced and qualified?
  • Is it a step forward in your career or a step backwards?

It’s important to answer these questions before you even begin writing. If you don’t completely comprehend the role, now is the time to find out more.

Answering key selection criteria.

Approach the application methodically - most jobs these days have Key Selection Criteria questions - make sure you answer each one thoughtfully, honestly and concisely.

You want to address each question with an example of why you are capable of meeting the expectations.

Avoid the temptation to write too much as employers will likely have a mountain of applications to wade through.

Writing the cover letter and your curriculum vitae.


Once you’ve completed and carefully proofread the Key Selection Criteria, it's time for the cover letter and curriculum vitae. Again, brevity is your friend and while your parents are undoubtedly proud of you winning the Grade 4 maths competition, a potential employer is more interested in recent achievements.

When you submit the application, double check that you’ve done everything you’re supposed to do before you hit ‘send’.

First impressions.

Also, consider what first impression you’re giving – a humorous email address may be great with friends and family, but may not be suitable for a professional position.

The job interview.

After your concise, relevant, articulate job application impresses, its time for the job interview. Many people are scared by job interviews, but with a little planning and preparation they don’t have to be terrifying. Look at them as a learning experience.

Make sure you dress appropriately and give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview - there’s nothing worse than being stressed before you even sit down in front of a panel.

Remember to be yourself.

The most important thing to remember is to be yourself - it’s who you’re best at being. You want to show your skills and attributes without having to do a tap dancing show.

  • Be confident
  • Consider what words you choose
  • Make sure you listen carefully
  • Use eye contact

Use examples to show your skills.

Use examples of your abilities rather than simply saying you’re good at things, it will help the interview panel put your abilities in context and show that you’re focused. 

Research the employer.

Where possible, illustrate that you have an understanding of your potential employer - you don’t have to retell the entire corporate history, but you do need to make it clear you respect what they do and that you’d like to be a part of their future.

A little bit nervous?

It’s okay to be a little nervous, and it's okay to acknowledge it - however once you’ve mentioned it let it go. Resist the temptation to continually apologise or get hung up on it.

You’ve come this far because the selection panel saw something in you, so don’t convince them they were wrong. 

Asking questions at the interview.

As an interview is wrapping up, you’ll often be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. This is a brilliant opportunity to find out more about the role and to show some of your personality.

Consider taking a notepad and jotting notes throughout the interview so you have questions relevant to ask. 

After the interview.

When it’s all said and done, you should be leaving an interview room having represented yourself as honestly and positively as you can.

Hopefully you’ll soon be receiving good news, but if not don’t become despondent, use the opportunity to improve by asking for feedback.

It’s unlikely that an interview panel will give brutally honest feedback but they should be able to give you an overview of areas where you can improve.

Good luck, enjoy the process and have confidence in yourself!

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