Completing your application
Have your documents completed and ready to upload in DOC,DOCX,PDF or TXT format:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Academic Transcript
- Response to the four selection criteria
- Cover letter (optional)
Follow the steps to create a profile and enter your personal details to be able to apply for the GDP.
The selection criteria
The following selection criteria must be addressed as part of your application:
- Demonstrated problem solving ability, critical thinking and analytical skills relevant to your discipline/s. Describe the steps taken to identify the problem/s, conduct research, analyse data, interpret results and provide appropriate solutions.
- Demonstrated ability to organise, plan and prioritise workflows in order to meet deadlines and critical timeframes. Include examples of how you achieved the required outcome/s.
- Demonstrated ability to work as a team member and recognise the values important to a successful team. Describe:(a) a team you were part of and your role in the team,
(b) the teams objective and what challenges were presented to the team,
(c) how did you and the team overcome those challenges, and
(d) what the final outcome was.
- What makes you different from other people? What can you contribute to the state government? What motivated you to apply for a graduate position in the government of South Australia?
You'll need to address all of these criteria in a maximum of two pages and submit as an attachment to your application.
How to address the selection criteria
The selection criteria give us an insight into your abilities, aptitude, skills, knowledge and experience, as well as your ability to deliver your message in a concise, deliberate manner.
- Read the selection criteria carefully
- Identify the specific factors in each selection criteria you need to address
- Highlight or identify key words that may be useful so you can break the selection criterion down to meaningful components – for example, the word ‘communication’ can include meanings such as writing, speaking, listening, negotiating, questioning and providing feedback
- Use an example that demonstrates how you have dealt with the specific factors before
- Make sure you have used specific rather than general language – for example, instead of saying ‘we produced a newsletter’, outline more specifically ‘I contributed by formatting and editing the newsletter’
- Check that you have addressed the specific factors
- Ensure that you have sold yourself and your attributes whilst still being honest and not overselling yourself – it isn’t too hard to identify exaggerated and dishonest responses.
Examples should not be limited to paid work experience. Other areas of relevance may include presentations, group assignments, voluntary work experience, participation in interest and community groups etc.
An effective approach is to:
- Lead-in by stating what you are addressing and setting the scenario
- Explain the scenario – you can use examples from paid or volunteer work, university, sporting or community groups, or whatever experience you’ve had that is suitable for addressing the specific factors
- Outline the process you undertook to work towards a positive outcome in addressing the specific factors
- Describe the outcome and what was achieved – the outcome doesn’t always need to be a success so long as the specific factors are addressed and observed learning identified.
Finish the example(s) by concluding with a summary, such as: ‘this resulted in …’ or ‘I have improved…’. The results or outcomes of your supporting statement will provide evidence of achievements and show how you were successful.
Curriculum vitae (CV) and academic transcript
Your CV should be up-to-date with your references aware they are listed. It is best to keep your CV to between two and three pages – any longer is a signal that you cannot communicate succinctly and directly.
Your academic transcript can be official or unofficial – however, you must bring your official transcript to the interview/s if you are offered one.
The time you invest preparing your application reflects your desire for the position, your commitment to excellent performance and your overall approach to any task you undertake.
Before submitting your application
Before you submit your application, check that you have a completed all parts. You may want get someone to review your application to make sure nothing has been missed and that you have addressed all the criteria and requirements. Remember to ensure you have:
- used correct spelling and grammar
- used dot points (as opposed to long-winded paragraphs) and plain English (as opposed to complex words and phrases) where appropriate to get your message across in less words
- stayed with page and word limits.
When satisfied, submit your application on the DTF graduate register. You should receive an automated e-mail confirming that your application has been submitted.
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