Preparing and submitting a job application

The University of New England (UNE) advertises all of its vacancies on our current vacancies page. In addition to this you may also see our advertisements in local, national and international press as well as various targeted online outlets however applications are only accepted if lodged via UNE's website.

Before you apply

UNE encourages you to apply for roles that are relevant to your experience, skills, qualifications and interests. Before applying for a role you should: 

  • Review the job advertisement and position statement to gain a broad understanding of the role
  • Decide if your experience and skills will enable you to successfully achieve the Key Responsibilities of the role
  • Decide if you meet the Qualifications and Experience required for the role 
  • Consider if the position is aligned with your own personal goals and values.

How to apply

Once you have identified a suitable position click 'Apply Now' and complete the online application form. Address all of the mandatory questions, attach relevant documentation, then click "Submit" to send your application to us.

Once submitted you will receive an auto acknowledgement via email to confirm that the application has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive a reply please check that the correct contact details have been provided. If you are still having problems please notify our job applications team.

Your online application should consist of no more than 3 attachments in total (preferably PDF format), providing:

  • A CV/resume detailing your education, professional qualifications and work history/experience. You may also wish to include a cover letter
  • A statement of responses that address the selection criteria for the position
  • International applicants must also include validating documentation with their application that confirms their current right to work in Australia for the term of the advertised position unless otherwise stated.

Preparing your CV/resume

Your resume (also known as curriculum vitae or CV) is a snapshot summarising your qualifications, experience, skills, qualities and key accomplishments / achievements.

A resume needs to be clear, concise and neatly organised with content relevant to the role you are applying for and should be 2-3 pages in length.

Some headings you could include are:

  • Personal details (your name and contact details)
  • Skills summary
  • Education
  • Professional development
  • Employment experience
  • Selected key achievements
  • Interests
  • Referees - 2 or 3 is preferable and you should include your current direct manager/supervisor whenever possible.

Additionally, for Academic positions you should also provide information on your:

  • current and proposed research interests, achievements, projects
  • publication summary
  • courses taught and students supervised
  • academic distinctions, medals, awards etc.

How to address Selection Criteria

When applying for a position, key selection criteria is another way for the selection panel to find out more information about candidates’ professional experience, skills and qualifications.  Coupled with their resume/CV and cover letter, key selection criteria provides applicants with the opportunity to answer specific criterion, demonstrating their suitability to individual positions. This selection criterion will then be used by the selection panel as a further tool in assessing applicants throughout the recruitment process.

When addressing the key selection criteria, ensure that you have read the position information thoroughly, as this will provide you with information about UNE, the position, and any required qualifications and skills.

There are generally 2 types of selection criteria:

  • Essential criteria: those particular attributes, qualification/s and experience that are needed to perform the role.
  • Desirable criteria: skills or experience that would be valued by an employer in addition to the essential criteria.

When writing a statement addressing the selection criteria use examples that demonstrate that you have that skill, knowledge or experience. It can be useful to frame your response using the STAR technique:

STAR = S ituation... T ask... A ction... R esult

For more information on using the STAR technique search for STAR technique in your preferred internet browser.