Applying for the job

So you’ve found your dream job at Monash and now it’s just a matter of taking the plunge and submitting your application.

Monash University is a youthful organisation, enthusiastic, optimistic and accessible.  We believe quality education and research can change the world for the better.

A job with us is like no other.  You’ll be challenged.  You’ll be inspired.  And you’ll be proud.  Because whatever your job is here, you’ll always be part of something bigger.

How to Apply

The first step in your application is to review the details of the position as advertised and observe any requirements stated.  Carefully read the position description and other information provided about the role. Research the role and the area it is located in on our website.

If you have any queries regarding the position, contact the person listed in the enquiries section of the advertisement.

Each of our job advertisements will take you to an online application form where you will be asked to enter your details including name, address, contact details and your Australian working eligibility.

Your application should also include:

  • your resume
  • your response to meeting the key selection criteria
  • other documentation in support of your application (if applicable)

Your application may also include a cover letter tailored to the job you’re applying for.

Save the application documents separately as you will be prompted to attach them individually.

Once your documents are saved, commence your application online by clicking on the "Apply" button at the bottom of the advertisement.

Important: You can save your application before all documents have been attached and you will receive an email reminding you to complete your application. However, the system will delete your incomplete application after 14 days.

Key selection criteria

The key selection criteria are the qualifications, knowledge, skills and attributes required for the job.  These criteria are located in the position description.  Addressing the selection criteria will show the selection comittee how you meet the requirements of the position.

Write a short statement against each criterion outlining how you meet the criteria.  Provide examples that demonstrate your skills, knowledge and professional behaviours and illustrate the complexity and demands of the task you have used as an illustration.

The STAR approach is helpful when giving examples as to how you meet the criteria:

  • Describe the Situation
  • Identify the Task/problem that needed to be performed/solved
  • Explain the Action you took and what skills you used
  • Specify the Results

If you have limited experience in relation to some criteria, you can list related skills that are relevant for the selection committee.

Please note:  Monash University requires that all candidates address the key selection criteria specifically in their application. If you do not address the selection criteria your application may not be considered by the selection committee.

Resume pointers

Your resume is not simply a list of your job history; it is your opportunity to sell your tangible results, achievements and successes.  It is the first impression you make, and here are our suggestions to make it the best.

Grammar, punctuation and spelling – use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling to demonstrate your communication skills and attention to detail.

Irrelevant or vague adjectives – rather than saying you are an “experienced researcher” or a “dynamic team-player” (vague references), detail your demonstrated abilities; in other words, be specific.

Repetition of Words – Ensure your use of wording is diverse, suggesting a strong vocabulary

Be active, not passive – “I joined” is better than “I was a member of”

A strong resume indicates in numbers and words exactly how you have been successful in your career and relates your skills and experience to the job you have applied for.  Above all, your resume should be succinct - no more than four pages long.  Simplicity is key, be concise, short and specific.

The layout …

  • Presentation is paramount.  Be consistent in formatting, use clear headers  and a footer on every page.  Having your name in the header on each page is helpful for the committee.
  • Dot points are helpful for the reader – preferable even.  Ensure the points are clear and relate specifically to the key selection criteria.
  • Do not overuse fonts – although you may wish to use a touch more if applying for a creative role, where you might use your resume as a tool to demonstrate your skills.  Recommendations for fonts include Verdana, Calibri or Arial (sans-serif).
  • Emphasise the accomplishments that you are most proud of closer to the beginning of your resume – you can do this via a career summary in advance of your employment history
  • Present your employment history with your most recent experience first.
  • It is helpful for the Selection Panel to understand your key achievements – include these for each position you have had, with emphasis on your most recent roles.
  • Ensure you include your contact details at the top of your resume.  Email and phone numbers are essential.

Cover letters

Your cover letter is your personal marketing tool that highlights your key offering to a prospective employer.  It has a beginning, middle and an end – it is your story, your professional narrative, tailored to the job you are applying for.

Here are some guidelines to assist you:

Opening

Begin your cover letter with a clear message about what part of the job and organisation you are passionate about.  Here is an example:

“I am passionate about quality education and research, and look forward to the opportunity of working with such a high profile University.  I’m committed to delivering research to achieve the impact that will make a visible difference”

You have limited page space, open with a positive message.  Wording such as “I wish to apply for the … position as advertised on the Monash University website on June 12” , does not immediately engage the reader.

Body of cover letter

Action – Skill – Example, this is the golden rule.  Choose an action word, link it to the relevant skill, and follow with an example.

Here is an example:

“My experience includes the end-to-end strategy management for major events and seminars to enhance and publicise the company employment brand.  In planning and executing marketing campaigns and promotional events like the company careers fairs, I’ve been successful in attracting the best talent in the industry; with the right motivational fit and behaviours”

Final section

Reaffirm your suitability for the position and end with a call-to-action. 

“My resume and key selection criteria document demonstrates that I have the skills and experience to succeed in this position, and I look forward to discussing this exciting opportunity with you further”

The final recommendation is that your cover letter should not exceed more than one A4 page – be succinct.