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+ APPLYING FOR POSITIONS ADVERTISED BY TRANS IN THE PRINT MEDIA

This section applies to persons responding to advertisements in:

> National Newspapers
> State Newspapers
> Industry Publications
> Trade Journals
> Independent Job Bulletins

+ WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO OBTAIN?

Employers determine, ultimately, which procedures they wish to implement in their recruitment processes. Before applying for a position through Trans, you must be in receipt of the formal Job Description and related documents so that you understand what the job entails and to ensure that you meet the selection criteria - a list of prerequisites required to be competitive in the selection process.

+ ABOUT SELECTION CRITERIA

These are, generally, paragraphs detailing required experiences or qualifications, upon which short-listed applicants will be determined.

The most common reason applications are disregarded early in the selection process is that they did not attempt to address the selection criteria.

You must provide a short paragraph demonstrating (ie: proving) how you meet the criteria in order to be considered for the job. Don't just say "I can do this" - prove it with a real life example.

If you can't meet the criteria, just say so. It's rare for all applicants to meet every criteria and employers generally understand this.

+ ABOUT YOUR RESUME/CV

Detailed information about resumes/CVs is available here.

+ ABOUT YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Include:

> The name and location of the employer
> The period of employment (month, year)
> The title of the position held and a list of the responsibilities and duties associated with the engagement.
> Any relevant training experience

+ TERTIARY AND/OR FURTHER EDUCATION (if applicable)

Include the title of the degree/diploma/certificate, the dates when the study was undertaken, the name of the institution and its location. Copies of qualifications may be included (they will be required if you are successful in gaining an interview).

+ LICENCES, PERMITS AND MEMBERSHIPS

Detail any licences. permits or memberships held you feel could be relevant to the position. Always include drivers licence classification and the state or territory of issue.

+ ADMINISTRATION SKILLS

List any pertinent software and administrative skills. This could include skills in the following areas:

> Competencies with particular software packages such as word processing, databases, spreadsheets, project management etc.
> Basic computer skills
> Customer service
> Bookkeeping and/or basic accounting
> Report writing
> Office management
> Financial management

+ REFEREES

Detailed information about referees and references is available here

+ PRESENTATION

Your application, once received, will be distributed amongst the parties involved in the selection process. If you're supplying us with hard copy (ie: printed) only, please don't bind your application and don't include copies of written references unless requested to do so. Copies of qualifications, however, can be included where relevant (eg: trades, local government or accounting).

+ NOT SURE ABOUT THE JOB?

If, after reading the job description, you're uncertain about your suitability to the position, you're welcome to contact the Trans office to discuss the matter further. The majority of positions handled by Trans aren't advertised and you may wish to register on the Trans database instead. We're always interested to hear from persons wishing to consolidate their skills and interests in community development within remote Aboriginal environments.

+ CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS

Many employers require Criminal History Checks to be carried out on short-listed applicants to positions where any financial responsibilities are, or could be, inclusive within the boundaries of the position. There may, in fact, be other reasons why the emplyer would ask for this. You should be aware of this prior to lodging an application. We suggest that anyone considering work in a remote Aboriginal community should consider getting their check done before applying for any role as it will more than likely be asked for and will save time if you already have it on hand.

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