Preparing your application

What to include in your cover letter

The purpose of the cover letter is to formally confirm your interest and candidacy in the specific position you are applying for.

We recommend you include the following in your cover letter:

  • confirmation of the position title you are applying for
  • confirmation that you have supplied the requested documents as part of your formal application for the position
  • contact details.

Please note, not providing a cover letter (as requested for all advertised positions) may result in your application being considered from the shortlisting process.

What to include in your resume

The purpose of a resume is to provide a summary of your skills, abilities, education and accomplishments. It should provide a ‘snapshot’ of your professional offerings. A concise resume ensures that the relevant information you wish to convey is not lost amongst unnecessary details.

It's important that you include any experience you referred to in your response to the key selection criteria in your resume as well.

How to address the key selection criteria

It is a requirement of some positions at Swinburne that the key selection criteria for be addressed in your application. If applicable, this requirement will be made clear in the application process.

Selection criteria are a summary of the knowledge, skills and abilities that a person requires to successfully undertake the duties of a position. It helps the selection panel undertake a ranking process to shortlist applicants for interview. 

The selection panel requires evidence that you meet the selection criteria, so you are encouraged to provide examples that best demonstrate your applied skills and abilities.

In assessing your application, a hiring manager or shortlisting panel may want to learn more about:

  • relevant situations and challenges you have encountered, and their complexity
  • how you have approached these situations and challenges
  • what action you have personally undertaken in resolving such issues
  • what the positive outcomes and personal learnings were after dealing with such issues.

An example may be used in more than one selection criteria, however it does need to be listed under each relevant selection criteria, separately.

Further information on the scope of the position can be obtained by speaking with the contact person listed on the position advertisement.

We recommend responses are in the form of short paragraphs addressing each of the key selection criteria; and the utilisation of headings.

Please note, not responding to the selection criteria (in part or in total), may result in your application not being considered from the shortlisting process.