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Help with your application

Here are some handy hints to help you negotiate your way through the application process.

Your application 

A separate application must be submitted for each position for which you wish to apply.

It is important to prepare a succinct application demonstrating why you believe you are the best person for the position. Your application should include your statement addressing the selection criteria, your resume / CV and any additional information requested.

You should read the advertisement and the position description so that you are fully informed of the requirements of the position before submitting your application.

Before preparing your application, you may wish to telephone the contact person to discuss anything you don’t understand or wish to clarify.

Your other preparation may include:

  • meeting with the contact person to gain an overview of the work environment
  • talking to people in similar positions
  • reading any available relevant information e.g.: annual reports, strategic plans etc
  • visiting the NSW Health website http://www.health.nsw.gov.au

Addressing the selection criteria

Your claims against the selection criteria are the most important part of your application. The selection criteria are a set of measurable standards against which employers can assess whether you have the right mix of skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required for the position.

Make a separate heading for each criterion and provide examples that demonstrate your ability to meet that criterion.

The selection criteria are to be completed online (do not add a separate document). If your application does not address each criterion, you reduce your chance of being short listed for interview.

Keywords / phrases you may find in selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated knowledge: you need to give examples that prove you have this area of knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to: you do not need to have done this kind of work before, but you need to describe how your skills, knowledge and experience show that you are capable of doing the work.
  • Experience in: you need to provide examples of where you have done this work before.
  • Effective, Proven, Highly Developed, Superior: you need to show your level of skill. Provide relevant detail, using examples of your achievements to illustrate your level of skills, knowledge and experience.

Writing your resume / Curriculum Vitae (CV)

You are required to submit an up to date resume / CV as part of your application outlining details of your education and employment history. It must include information on all positions currently held.

Your resume / CV should be in chronological order, identifying the type of work you have performed and your responsibilities. Details of the organisations you have worked for and the period of your employment should also be included.

Personal information such as age, marital status, number of dependents, etc are not relevant to the position and should not be included in your resume / CV.

Referee information

Your application must include the names and contact numbers of at least two current referees. One of your referees should be a current supervisor/manager.

It is important that your referees are aware that you are applying for the position as the selection committee may contact your referees to obtain details of your performance. Comments related to your demonstrated ability or potential to fulfil the selection criteria may also be sought from your nominated referees. Referees will be required to confine their comments to their direct knowledge of you. It is therefore important that you nominate referees who are able to discuss your suitability in relation to the selection criteria. Consider providing your referees with a copy of the position description so that they are prepared to provide relevant information to the selection committee. Written referee reports are not required.

Submitting your application

NSW Health has introduced an online recruitment system. Your application should be submitted online by the closing date and include:

  • a statement addressing the selection criteria – to be completed online
  • your resume / CV
  • all relevant consent forms, rights of private practice election form and indemnity agreements, as required, and
  • copies of your licences, qualifications and indemnity cover (if applicable).

What do I bring to the interview?

When attending the interview you should bring the following documents with you:

  • resume / CV
  • original qualifications (as relevant to the selection criteria)
  • original proof of identification documents as listed on page 2 of the 100 Point Identification Checklist.  

100 Point Identification Checklist

  • evidence of work entitlements in Australia e.g. passport, birth certificate, citizenship, current working visa
  • documents stating name change (such a marriage certificate, deed poll)
  • original registration and licence documents (as appropriate)
  • a completed NSW Health National Criminal Record Check consent Form
  • a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) application or clearance number if not already provided (please refer to page 7 for the requirements for WWCC’s)
  • statement/s of service from another public sector employer (if appropriate), and
  • evidence of immunisation status.

All documents, if not in English, must be officially translated to English. The point score of proof of identity documents must total at least 100 points, and for applicants 18 years or over, must include at least one form of photo identification. Do not send original documents with your application.

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