Deciding to apply for a job

Once you have found a role that interests you and matches your skills and experience, there are some key steps you can take to make sure the role is right for you and prepare for your application.


Review the job ad

When you review the job ad it is important to consider whether you meet all the essential requirements, and whether the job fits with your skills and career goals.

Even if you don’t meet all the essential job requirements, it may still be right for you. It's important that you can show you meet the focus capabilities listed in the job description, other skills can be developed on the job.


Review information on the job and agency

Visiting the website of the agency you are thinking of applying for will help you to build your understanding of the job, and to get a feel for the work the agency does.

The job description has key information that may help you to decide whether to apply for the job. It explains the jobs purpose, deliverables, challenges, and interaction. The job description will also give you the essential requirements and capabilities needed for the role, and the knowledge and experience.

Use our Capability Discovery Tool to examine your knowledge, skills and abilities, and how they match up to our roles and grade system.


Speak to the contact person

Contacting the person listed in the job ad can help you know if you have the right skills and experience for the role. The contact person can answer questions about the role, explain the work of the agency, discuss flexible working options, and help you get any additional support you might need through the application process.

Your call to the contact person is an opportunity for you to make a positive first impression if you do decide to apply for the role.