The Selection Criteria Coach


Please note: This ebook is currently being re-written. This version does not contain current up to date information regarding short statements with word limits.

  • The 5 steps to writing selection criteria - a step by step guide
  • 8 principles that make the best written applications
  • How every selection criteria will fit into one of 5 categories and how each of these categories should be addressed
  • The 29 most common selection criteria and how you should attack them
  • The number one mistake applicants make that will rule them out straight away and top selection panel complaints about applicants' selection criteria
  • Strategies for eliminating writers block
  • How to unravel the mystery of capability frameworks, people frameworks and competency statements
  • Proof reading checklist
  • Examples of winning statements addressing selection criteria
  • Selection criteria template
  • This is an ebook available for instant download onto computer, tablet or smartphone


Selection Criteria Secrets from a Government Recruiter

As a professional government recruiter who sits on selection panels every week, I have written The Selection Criteria Coach, to help you quickly and easily write the best possible selection criteria that you can without spending hours stressing over your application or having to pay someone else to do it for you.

I've assessed over 15,000 statements against selection criteria and I know what works and what doesn't work and I know that it really isn't that hard to write convincing selection criteria that can win you the position you want, and I am going to show you how.

I've been in your shoes. I know what it's like to spend hours trying to write selection criteria. The guide The Selection Criteria Coach is not only based on my own personal experience as an applicant and on selection panels, but I've also interviewed hundreds of selection panels in the major government departments across Australia about their opinions of the best selection criteria to provide you with the most specific and relevant information possible - straight from the other side of the table, to you!

If you are content to spend hours putting together your own selection criteria that will look just like every body else's please don't read on. This guide is only for those who are serious about putting together exceptional responses to selection criteria that will get them an interview.

This Selection Criteria Book Will Teach You...

  • How to write an application even if its due by the end of today
  • How to get started straight away even if you don't know what to write about
  • How to have impressively written selection criteria even if you don't have good writing skills
  • How to get an interview for a job where your application has failed in the past
  • How to compile an application like a pro even if you've never applied for a government job before
  • How to land that promotion once and for all
  • How to write powerful and convincing selection criteria with minimal effort (because this book has already done most of the work for you!)

Selection Criteria Success Stories

After buying and using The Selection Criteria Coach I have just been successful in gaining a position with the Customs Department. Just thought I would let you know that you can add another success story to your list.

I followed your 5 steps exactly and ended up with an application that I'm very proud of. I never would have known how to start without this advice. Now is the long wait to see if I get an interview. Alison

This is the first time I have ever attempted a government job application, and I have to tell you that I was really confused when I first started. Your book The Selection Criteria Coach made it really straight forward.  Robert

Who would have guessed that writing selection criteria could be so easy? Not me! Lol! I was very skeptical but bought the ebook anyway, what did I have to lose? Turns out I got myself an interview with it. Thanks! Catriona

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Table of Contents

How Your Application Will Be Assessed
The Merit Principle
The Top Five Job Search Mistakes
The Different Ways you Might be Assessed

What to do Before Applying
How to Effectively Research the Position
Using the Contact Officer to your Advantage
Questions to ask a Contact Officer

The Written Application
Why is it so Hard to Write a Job Application?

Selection Criteria
What are Selection Criteria?
How to Address Selection Criteria

The Different Types of Selection Criteria and how to Respond to Them
Skills and Abilities
Work-related qualities

Five Step Selection Criteria
Step 1
Why You Should Put the Criterion into Context
How to Make Sense of a Criterion
Deciphering the Criterion Worksheet
Step 2
Mind Mapping
Listing Exercises
Making your Mind Maps and Lists Meaningful
Taking an Inventory of What You Have to Offer
Creating a Skills Inventory Worksheet
Step 3
Problems with the STAR, CAR and PAR Approaches
Step 4
How to Proofread Your Selection Criteria
Step 5

Structuring Your Statements Against Selection Criteria
Competency Frameworks
What to do When Criteria Are Weighted
What Are Work Level Standards?
Selection Criteria Myths
Critique of Poorly Written Selection Criteria
Top Selection Panel Complaints About Responses to Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria Tools
Strategies for Using Examples
Selection Criteria Template

Common Criteria and How to Attack Them
Ability to Work as an Individual
Achieves Results
Administrative skills
Analytical Skills
Attention to Detail
Change Management
Communication skills - oral
Communication skills - written
Customer Service
Decision Making Ability
Equity and Diversity
Ethnic Affairs Priorities Statements
Influencing skills
Interpersonal Skills
Leadership / People Management Abilities
Liaison Skills
Occupational Health and Safety
Organisational Ability /Prioritising / Time Management Skills
Personal Drive and Integrity
Organisational Values
Problem Solving
Project Management
Productive Working Relationships (Developing and Maintaining)
Strategic Thinking
Technical Expertise

Action Words for Use in Your Application
Selection Criteria Starters
Examples of Good Statements Against Selection Criteria
Selection Criteria Checklist
Following Jane: See How Jane uses the 5 Step Strategy
Work Level Standards
The Value of Professional application Writers
Career Journal