When you receive your job Information/Application Pack you will see that the Position Description also contains a section called Person profile. It is in this section you will see what Barnardos are looking for in a suitable candidate for the role.

It is essential to respond to each criterion, writing at least one to two paragraphs explaining how you have demonstrated the particular skill or quality. Provide relevant examples from your work, study or community roles. Be clear and to the point. If a word or page limit is set, make sure you stick to it, and edit your responses for grammar, spelling and punctuation.

It is important to provide evidence to back up your claims. Where possible use actual examples of what you have done, how well you did it, what you achieved, and how it relates to the requirements of the job.

The STAR model is one way of presenting information against selection criteria. For each criterion think about the following and use these points to form sentences:

  • Situation - Set the context by describing the circumstance where you used the skills or qualities and gained the experience.
  • Task - What was your role?
  • Actions - What did you do and how did you do it?
  • Results - What did you achieve? What was the end result and how does it relate to the job you are applying for?

Please also note any probity checks required, for example a great deal of positions at Barnardos are subject to a satisfactory NSW Working with Children Check and some positions may also require you to give Barnardos consent to undertake a Federal Police Check. Please make sure you discuss these requirements and how to obtain them with your Barnardos recruiter, Anna Baines.

Once completed e-mail your current resume along with a statement against the selection criteria outlined in the Job Description to the Barnardos Australia Recruitment Service (abrs) at anna@abrs.net.au.

Please ensure that your resume and application are a word.doc format. Should you have any questions you can reach Anna on 02 9218 2954.