Treasury Graduate Program - How to apply?
Writing your application
Your résumé should be clearly set out with your contact details at the beginning. These may include your name, address, telephone and email address.
It's helpful to the reader if you organise your résumé using headings. For example:
- Education and Training
- Work History
- Professional Memberships
- Any other points you wish to add
Before submitting your résumé it's a good idea to get someone who knows you well to check it for spelling, grammar, readability and content.
Just remember, when preparing your résumé:
- Keep it brief and to the point.
- Keep the paragraphs short and space them out.
- Make the headings clear and leave plenty of space on each page.
- Focus on your skills and achievements, not just your past experience and the tasks you performed.
- Focus on what you can offer to the potential employer.
- You don't need to include personal details such as your marital status or age unless specifically requested and required for the job.
Referees and References
You should provide the names and contact details of at least two referees as part of your résumé.
Remember to let your referees know you have nominated them before you submit your application, as it's common practice for the Selection Panel to contact referees. Applicants should nominate their current or most recent supervisor as one of their referees.
Addressing Selection Criteria
Selection Criteria can be addressed in a number of ways and we've given some suggestions below:
- Use each selection criterion as a heading.
- Focus on the key words in each criterion, but make sure you address all of its aspects.
- For example, if you're addressing a criterion that asks you to 'demonstrate your knowledge...' you might also include how and where you obtained that knowledge (e.g. by attending a training course or through past experience).
- Use dot points wherever possible.
- Always give actual examples of what you have done in the past to support your claims.
- Wherever possible, focus on what you actually achieved.
Some people use the SAO technique:
- S ituation: Where and when did you do it?
- A ction: What did you do and how did you do it?
- O utcome: What was the result of your actions?
Others use the STAR technique:
- S ituation
- T ask
- A ction
- R esponse
Attending an Interview
Tips for the Interview
If you've been short-listed for an interview, you're half-way there. So make sure you put your best foot forward. Here are some tips to help you prepare for an interview and shine on the day:
- Re-read the job description and selection criteria. Think about how you would actually do the job and how you might solve any problems that could come up. Have some examples ready of how you've applied the relevant skills and abilities.
- Dress according to the position that you have applied for and ensure you look presentable.
- Remember, all interview questions will be related to the selection criteria. The same core questions will be asked of every applicant to make sure all applicants are treated equally.
- Sometimes you may receive the interview questions on arrival, so make sure you are ten to fifteen minutes early.
- Don't assume the panel knows anything about your abilities, even if you have worked with them in the past.
- Take time to answer each question, but be concise. Wherever possible, relate your answer to relevant past experiences.
- An interview is an information exchange. You're allowed to ask questions too!
- Review your application prior to the interview and take a copy of it with you on the day.
- A completed APPLICATION FORM
- COVER LETTER
- A RESUME that details your education, employment history (paid and unpaid), past responsibilities and achievements
- a copy of your ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT clearly showing the units you have studied and grades, as well as your overall grade average (to date if your degree is not complete yet)
- Go to www.jobs.wa.gov.au select the Treasury Graduate Program
Send application to:
Confidential Advertised Vacancy
Locked Bag 41
Perth WA 6845.