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Applying for Jobs

Once you have found a position that you would like to apply for, make sure you read all elements of the job listing in detail.  The listing may include a list of qualifications and skills that they employer is looking for and in some cases a position description will be attached or included.   It is important to understand exactly what the employer is looking for, so that you can ensure that you address the key criteria in your application.

Also be sure to understand how the recruiter is taking applications.  Do you need to apply online, through a third party or directly through the job listing.  If you are unsure of how to send your application in, get in touch with the contact person for the role and ask for clarification.  Check what documentation you need to provide as part of your application, and whether it needs to be submitted as one file or as multiple elements.

Depending on the industry and the type of position you are applying for, you are likely to need a resume and a cover letter as a minimum.  It is normal practice to send out your resume with an accompanying cover letter, which is your introduction to the recruiter and creates a first impression.  This is your opportunity to highlight your appropriateness for the role and the relevant experience and skills you possess.

Many career and recruitment specialists (On Me Careers and StoryRight for example) will be able to assist you in preparing your cover letter and resume.  Additionally, the Australian Government has many online resources that you can use to assist in the development of your resume and cover letter.

Once you have your resume, a targeted cover letter and other relevant documents completed, you can apply for the position, following the instructions in the job listing.  Some recruiters will send you a confirmation that your application has been received.  If you do not receive a confirmation, you may wish to contact the recruiter directly and follow up that they have received your application.

Helpful Links:

Transition For Employment (T4E) – http://www.defence.gov.au/DCO/Transition/YourTransition/T4E.asp

Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program – https://www.veteransemployment.gov.au/


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