June 5, 2012 Leave a comment
When it comes to applying for executive roles, Government roles or other positions with specific selection criteria, many candidates find themselves in the dark. In fact, selection criteria writing is an art form in itself.
Without clear focus and appropriate answers to each criterion, you could see a rejection in your inbox within a week.
Here are three of our best tips for writing selection criteria:
1. Read the Criteria. Then read them again.
Read carefully through each selection criteria point – and then read them again. This will help you thoroughly understand what each point is asking you. If the criteria still seem vague, try and put yourself in the employer’s shoes and contemplate what it is they want to learn about you with each question or statement. For example, the request, “demonstrate a time when you’ve had to deal with a difficult client or customer” might just seem like it’s asking you how well you cope with difficult people. But what the employer may really want to see is an example of how well you communicate, how you work under pressure and how effective you are at problem solving.
2. Provide Evidence
No selection criteria statement is going to succeed without solid evidence to support your claims. For each point, come up with at least two examples, where you have effectively demonstrated the criteria.
If you’re unsure how to proceed, use the STAR method: Situation, Task, Action, Result in each explanation. That is, explain the situation and task required, the action you took, and the result achieved. Apply this approach to each selection criteria – it will help you to effectively produce a strong case, with supporting examples.
3. Use Powerful & Professional Language
At no time should your selection criteria writing be vague or unclear. Ensure that your document uses professional, business-style language. Utilise powerful words such as ‘achieved,’ ‘accomplished,’ ‘succeeded’ and ‘developed,’ when talking about yourself and your responsibilities and outcomes.
Also, consider using bullet points with short sentences to list concise examples so that your writing is clear and to the point.
Still unsure of how to go about writing selection criteria?
The team at Resumes Australia are selection criteria writing specialists. We focus on delivering documents that leverage the right examples to demonstrate key competencies, clearly showing your future employer that you meet the key selection criteria and that you have the skills and capability to do the job required.