Do your research

In your application, we want to see that you know who we are and what we do. If you get an interview, you’ll need to demonstrate that you understand what we’re all about. You can do this by going through our website thoroughly and reading our Work Program and some of our audits. You could also read some of our important corporate documents—like our Corporate Plan and our Annual Reports.

Tailor your application

Although you’re probably submitting applications to numerous programs, keep in mind that one size does not fit all! You need to demonstrate to us in writing that your experience, qualities and skills make you a great fit for the ANAO. For example, it’s not just enough to say that you’re a good writer, we need to know how you’ve used that skill in the past and how you’ll apply that skill here.

Address the selection criteria

Answers to the key selection criteria should be short statements that demonstrate how you meet the qualities, knowledge and skills you are being asked about. Think of some great examples from other jobs, experience gained outside work, or from your formal studies. If you’re having trouble, ask a workmate, friend or teacher to help you think of something you’ve done.

Be concise

Job applications have strict word counts you need to adhere to, which is why you need to be concise with your language. Don’t say something in 20 words when you can say it in 10 or 15 words! Being selective with your language allows you to fit an extra sentence in elsewhere, which can be highly valuable.

Check your grammar and spelling

When your application contains spelling and grammar errors, it loses credibility, which means you’re less likely to proceed to the next stage of selection. It always helps to get a friend or family member to proofread and critique it. They may spot errors you’ve missed or have an idea how to word something a little better.