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Tips on Applying

While the application process can vary depending on the job, typically it goes as follows:

1. Find a role on jobs.nsw
2. Create or update your profile (personal information) in jobs.nsw
3. Respond to essential requirements
4. Create your cover letter (and responses to targeted questions)
5. Create or update your resume / curriculum vitae (CV)
6. Submit your application
7. Selection -
a) Assessment processes –
-Standard panel assessment process
-Assessment centre process
8. Offer - successful candidate(s)
9. Feedback - unsuccessful candidate(s)

Selection for NSW Government roles are based on merit. From the applications received, an assessment panel will select the person whose skills, knowledge, personal qualities and experience best match the job requirements. The information provided by candidates in a written application, at interview and other assessment processes and checks enables the assessment panel to compare all candidates.

Note: This application process can be followed for an individual role for a specialist such as a research analyst, engineer or psychologist; or for the creation of a talent pool for common role types such as administration, policy and project officers, which can be accessed by agencies when they need to fill roles. However, the assessment process selected may be either a standard panel assessment process or an assessment centre process

Before you apply

Your application for an advertised vacancy will be more successful if you consider the following:

  • Read the job advertisement carefully - All NSW Government advertisements include a brief description of the job, information on how to apply and a closing date for applications. Keep a copy of the advertisement for your future reference.
  • Obtain the Information Package - The advertisement gives you basic information, but it is important to obtain the Information Package from the contact person named in the advertisement or download the Information Package if a link in the job advertisement is available. Documents in the package may include a job description, organisational chart and other material to help you understand the position.
  • Speak to the Inquiries Person - After you read the Information Package, you should have a better idea about the job and may have some questions. You can phone or email the inquiries person named in the advertisement to help find answers. Talking to the inquiries person may also give you a better understanding of the job and what to emphasise in your application.
  • Other information - Get as much extra information as you can to write a good application. You may want to look at the Agency's website, Annual Report or other publications. Government Agencies are diverse and this information will help you understand where the vacancy fits into the organisation.

Preparing your Application

It is important to address all requirements stipulated in the advertisement and/or information package to be considered for an interview.

NSW Government agencies often require you to provide some additional information, including writing responses to one or two targeted questions to demonstrate your ability to do the role. These questions can be answered in the covering letter or as part of the pre-screening section of your online application. Please read the information package carefully and call the contact person if you have any questions.

So, in summary you will typically need to provide:

  • A covering letter
  • A short response to the targeted questions (to provide evidence of experience against role capabilities) as directed in the advertisement
  • Resume / curriculum vitae (CV)

Understanding the role, what is required and whether you have the right skills and experience are important in deciding whether to apply or not.

Throughout your application, you need to clearly explain how your skills and experiences show you are the best person for the role. Please be aware that any statement on an application that is found to be deliberately misleading could make you, if employed, liable for dismissal.

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