Graduate application tips

It goes without saying that your application is one of the keys to being selected for a graduate position. Consequently, it is important that you write strong selection criteria responses and prepare a CV/résumé outlining the skills you have and how they are relevant to the AFP.

Here are a few things for you to consider before submitting your application:

  1. Don't leave it to the last minute! We recommend preparing your application early to avoid unforeseen circumstances preventing you from submitting the best application that you can prepare. Check and meet the due date for submission of the application, Employment Suitability Questionnaire and traffic history.
  2. We suggest that you structure your responses using the 'STAR' method (i.e. Situation / Task / Actions / Results). This is not the only way to prepare responses to government applications, but it does give you a framework to provide sufficiently detailed information. This allows the reader to determine whether your skillset is what they are looking to recruit. There are many resources online that explain use of the STAR method.
  3. Write your responses against our Band 3 work level standards. This document outlines, in detail, the information that is appropriate in your application.
  4. Try to avoid using bullet points (dot points) in your application. Often when candidates use bullets the content would be better placed in their CV. Think about whether you really need a list, or perhaps it might be more articulate to fully express the information in sentence form.
  5. Ensure that you use as much of the word allowance as you can, without exceeding this limit. This is the only opportunity that you have to explain why you are the best person for the role, so make every word count towards that goal.
  6. Check the formatting of your résumé. The document should be three pages maximum, without large blank spaces or oversized text.
  7. Double check grammar and spelling in both your selection criteria responses and résumé, ensuring that you use Australian English.

Check the documents that you have uploaded before submitting the application. You do not want to be the candidate who accidentally uploads the wrong document. The latest internet meme is sometimes amusing, but it is not a professional component of your application!

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