When applying for a job with the City of Palmerston, be aware that how you present yourself on paper is a reflection of your professionalism. Poor spelling, grammar and formatting in your application demonstrate a lack of interest, poor planning and a lack of familiarity with current technology.
Your written application should include:
A cover letter, which states which position you're applying for, where and when you saw the vacancy advertised, why you want the job and a brief statement about what you could offer the City of Palmerston. The letter should also include your name, address, and all telephone numbers needed to contact you.
Claims addressing the selection criteria, on a separate sheet of paper to your cover letter. This is the main, and most important, part of your application as these points are the focus of the selection panel when shortlisting applicants interview.
It's important to provide specific information that demonstrates how you meet the selection criteria for the advertised position. Demonstrating your experience is not the same as stating you 'believe' you meet the criteria. Outline your experience, providing examples (these can include paid or unpaid work) which support your claims.
Don't wait until the interview to sell yourself. Failure to provide examples demonstrating experience or suitability may mean you are not shortlisted for an interview. But remember that if you are considered for the position, your claims of experience will be checked with your referees.
A current resume, stating your personal and professional history. Your resume should include any qualifications and your previous employment (including position title, organisation name and period of employment) and the major responsibilities and/or achievements under each organisation. If there are gaps in your employment history, it's a good idea to explain these (eg maternity leave, full time study, travel).
Your resume should also include membership of any professional bodies, your role on any committees or community groups, papers you have published and possibly any hobbies. While these things may not be directly related to the advertised position, they may demonstrate additional skills and experiences and a balanced lifestyle.
It is not necessary to submit copies of your qualifications, but you may want to bring them to the interview. Make sure they are listed in your resume.
Don't submit your application in a folder, as it will be photocopied if you are shortlisted for interview.
You may also submit any other relevant information that you feel will support your application but sometimes it is better to bring additional supporting material to the interview.
While we will not be checking referees prior to shortlisting, it is still a good idea to nominate at least two referees in your application (three is preferred), including their name, position, organisation, and why you have listed them (eg current supervisor etc).
Alternatively, you can supply contact details for referees at the interview. If you choose to do this, please come prepared with a sheet of contact details.
Referees should be familiar with your work, skills and abilities. They may be contacted to verify the information you have provided at the interview or to answer questions for the selection panel. Where possible, referees should include recent supervisors or managers.
Please ensure your referees are aware you are applying for a position with the City of Palmerston and are happy to act as your referees.
Personal referees or character references you supply may not be used unless it is your first job.
Sending/delivering your application
Hand deliver to: City of Palmerston, 2 Chung Wah Terrace, 2nd Floor, Palmerston.
Email to: email@example.com
Post to: Human Resource Manager, City of Palmerston, PO Box 1 PALMERSTON NT 0831
Fax to: (08) 8935 9900
The City of Palmerston sends an acknowledgement for all applications received. We also attempt to advise all applicants of the outcome as soon as the decision is made to allow unsuccessful applicants to continue their job search.