Annie

About Annie Cerone

My business slogan is: It's all about marketing YOU. My mission is to market you in the best possible manner so you impact and impress within seconds and advance in the very competitive job market. I am passionate about everything I do; proven quality of written products I develop, and other services such as job interview coaching sessions, career counselling, and job market skills presentations. My services have been instrumental in facilitating advancement for my clients. As a result, I am rewarded with both repeat and referral business. I use my academic background in psychology to tap into the mindsets and attitudes of my clients, helping them to flip negativity and self-doubt, and drive them onward and upward. I am here to continue to do what I do best: market YOU.

FREE Selection Criteria Examples – Over 110+ | Government & Tertiary Sectors

A big thanks to those of you who keep returning month-on-month; and a sincere welcome to new visitors, I guarantee you will find this an invaluable resource. I have hyperlinked all the following interview-generating selection criteria examples from 2009 to 2020 for quick access with one touchpoint. 2020: Building Inspector, QLD Government ... 1 Dec 2020 Librarian, Tertiary Sector ... 1 Oct 2020 Senior Investigator, [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Examples | Building Inspector, QLD Government

My client applied for the role of Building Inspector in State (QLD) Government and progressed to the interview stage. The application involved addressing four (4) selection criteria across two pages in cover letter format. One of the criteria is showcased. High level interpersonal, consultative, negotiation and mediation skills. On a key project I managed, the majority of stakeholders had conflicting objectives, goals and deadlines. To [...]

Job Market Australia | Top 20 Most In-Demand Jobs due to COVID-19

Human Resources Director (HRD) posted an article earlier this month outlining how COVID-19 has created opportunities in the job market. Now is the time to consider how your transferable skills could apply to any of the following in-demand jobs. This is an opportune time for you if you’ve been thinking about changing careers and undertaking further training or studying. I recommend you select a training/study [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers | Librarian, Tertiary Sector

My client applied for the role of Librarian in the tertiary sector, progressed to the interview stage and just missed out on the role. They came in second; the role was offered to an internal applicant, as is so common in the tertiary sector and across all levels of government (federal, state, local). The application involved addressing seven (7) selection criteria. Two of them are [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Samples | Senior Investigator, WA Government

My client applied for the role of Senior Investigator in State (WA) Government and progressed to the interview stage. The application involved addressing five (5) selection criteria in three pages maximum. Following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Legislative compliance. On a large-scale investigation involving stealing from a high profile multi-national organisation across a wide spread geographical area, I was tasked with investigating the [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses | Proof Reader, APS Government

My client applied for the role of Proof Reader in APS Government and progressed to the job interview stage. The application involved addressing five (5) selection criteria with a stipulated 300-word length limit for each. The following are excerpts from two of the criteria. Strong attention to detail and high-level English language skills, particularly written. In my most recent role at the Department of XYZ, [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Examples | Program & Schedule Support Officer

My client applied for the role of Program & Schedule Support Officer in APS Government; in Services Australia, previously named the Department of Human Services (DHS) at that time. A total of 1,400 candidates applied; my client was shortlisted and progressed to the job interview stage. The application involved addressing four selection criteria. A full example from one criterion follows. Provide an example of a [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers | Social Worker, Mental Health Clinician

My client applied for the role of Social Worker, Senior Mental Health Clinician in State (QLD) Government and progressed to the job interview stage. The application involved addressing four selection criteria (professional commitment, teamwork skills, communication, and service to clients) across two pages in cover letter format. A full example from the communication criterion follows. Communication A pivotal review of the TTT Service was conducted [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Samples | Ranger – State (QLD) Government

My client applied for the role of Ranger in State (QLD) Government and progressed to the job interview stage. The application involved addressing six selection criteria across two pages; five Capability Leadership Framework (CLF) criteria plus an additional technical/knowledge criterion. Excerpts from two of the criteria follow. Displays Personal Drive and Integrity. Across all my roles and when volunteering on conservation projects, I strictly followed [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses | Senior Manager Financial Services

My client applied for the role of Senior Manager Financial Services within State (NSW) Government, progressed to the job interview stage and was offered the role. A two-page statement in letter format addressing two targeted questions was prepared. A full example from one of the questions follows. Describe your role in a significant process improvement project to streamline financial processes and improve internal controls. When [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Examples | Admin Officer, Private Education

My client applied for the role of Administration Officer in the private education (secondary) sector and progressed to the job interview stage. The application involved addressing six selection criteria across two pages in cover letter format. A full example from one of the criteria follows. Business administration. In my most recent Administrative role, I undertook a variety of tasks that were highly voluminous, varied in [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers | Student Services Representative

My client applied for the role of Student Services Representative in the tertiary sector, progressed to the interview stage, was offered and accepted the role. As is the case with many tertiary applications, there are typically both essential and desirable selection criteria components to address. One selection criterion from the essential component follows. Ability to work within a clear set of protocols and guidelines, including [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Samples | Telehealth Support Officer

My client applied for the role of Telehealth Support Officer in State (WA) Government and progressed to the job interview stage. The application involved addressing eight essential and three desirable selection criteria. Two demonstrable examples using STAR model follow from one essential and one desirable criteria. Sound conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills. Working as a Field Service Engineer, I dealt with a variety of [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses | Expense Management Support Officer

My client applied for the role of Expense Management Support Officer in the tertiary sector, progressed to the job interview stage, was offered and accepted the role. The application involved addressing six selection criteria. Following is a demonstrable example using STAR model from one selection criterion. Ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with key stakeholders and clients ensuring service delivery meets key requirements. [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Examples | Group Manager Local Government

My client applied for the role of Group Manager in a Council (Local Government) and progressed to the job interview stage. She gained glowing feedback from the entire selection panel and came in second with the job offered to the candidate who had been acting in the role – as is very common – but with much deliberation as my client impressed the panel across [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers | Senior Investigator QLD Government

My client applied for the role of Senior Investigator in State (QLD) Government. He was one of five applicants (from a total of 40) shortlisted for an interview. A two-page statement was prepared to address six selection criteria. Following is a full excerpt of one criterion. An understanding of courtroom etiquette and proceedings. I have attended court on numerous occasions across four States and Territories [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Samples | Administrative & Business Support Officer

My client applied for the role of Administrative & Business Support Officer in State (QLD) Government. She progressed to the job interview stage, was offered the role and accepted. A two-page statement addressing six criteria was prepared. Following is a full excerpt of one criterion. High level customer service skills, interpersonal and communication skills. For a 14 year period I worked in an administrative capacity [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses | Intelligence Analyst QLD Government

My client applied for the role of Intelligence Analyst in State (QLD) Government. He was shortlisted with 50 others for an interview from a total of 600 applicants; 15 job vacancies were on offer. A total of 5 selection criteria based on the QLD Capability Leadership Framework (CLF) required addressing in two pages. Following is a full excerpt of one criterion. Supports productive working relationships: [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Examples | Senior Project Officer

My client applied for the role of Senior Project Officer in State (VIC) Government and was shortlisted for an interview. Even better, he was offered and accepted the role. A total of 6 selection criteria required addressing in three pages. Following is a full excerpt of one criterion. Project Management My high-level experience in project management practices, processes and principles are demonstrated through my involvement [...]

Job Market Australia | Occupational Skills Shortage 2017-18

The Department of Jobs and Small Business assessed and rated occupational skills shortages in 2017-18 period across the nation, broken down across each state and territory and occupation. A detailed listing can be found be selecting the following link: Skill Shortage 2017-18. A brief snapshot of skills shortages for occupations at a national level follow: PROFESSIONALS Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals: - Architect - [...]

Resume Writing Tips: Soft Skills and Hard Skills | Employability Skills Revisited

LinkedIn Talent Solutions (2018): Emerging Jobs: Australia – The fastest growing jobs in the country, named the top 6 soft skills in demand as revealed in a US survey where 1200+ hiring managers were surveyed. The soft skills include adaptability, culture fit, collaboration, leadership, growth potential, and prioritisation. Drawing out depth for the collaboration, growth potential, and prioritisation skills can encompass the following: Collaboration: Communication [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers | Probation Officer TAS Government

My client applied for the role of Probation Officer in State (TAS) Government and won a job interview. Six specifically-written selection criteria required addressing. Following are full excerpts of two of the criteria. Well-developed interviewing, negotiation and conflict resolution skills including the ability to motivate, challenge behaviours and deal professionally with high risk offenders, critical situations and work related stress. On one occasion during my [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Samples | Manager Compliance

My client applied for the role of Manager Game Compliance in State (VIC) Government and won a job interview. She came in second to a candidate with 15 years’ experience. This was a very large application involving the addressing of 10 selection criteria across four pages in total. Following are part excerpts from four of the criteria. Previous investigative or compliance / enforcement experience is [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses | English Teacher (VIC Government)

My client gained a job interview for an English teaching role in the Victorian education sector. This was a huge application which involved addressing 8 selection criteria, each ranged between 400 and 500 words. On completion, the word count for the entire application totalled at just over 4,000 words – that’s bigger than most university/tertiary assignments at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels! Following are part [...]

Job Market Australia | Mining Industry Boom on Again – Get on Board!

There is less enthusiasm this time around from Australian candidates in applying for jobs in the mining industry as revealed by organisations/employers in this sector. The majority of jobs are currently being filled by migrant workers. Two key States (Queensland and Western Australia) are the big players and recovering well from the severe downturn which occurred between 2012 and 2016. “According to the latest data [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers | Client Services Officer

My client gained a job interview after having applied for the role of Client Services Officer in a State (QLD) Government department. Seven selection criteria required to be addressed in a two-page statement. Following are full excerpts from three of the seven selection criteria. Demonstrated knowledge of best practice procurement procedures. Commonwealth Government procurement rules and standards changed in 2014. I undertook mandatory training in [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Samples | APS Workforce Scheduler

My client gained a job interview after having applied for the role of Workforce Scheduler in an APS/Federal Government department. A total of four criteria required addressing, each with a 400 word length limit. Following is a full excerpt of one of the selection criteria. High level verbal and written communication skills including the ability to compose clear, accurate and professional documentation. An important part [...]

Government Jobs | Commonwealth, State & Territory Jobs Search Sites

Find following Government jobs search sites at Commonwealth, State and Territory levels. ~ Commonwealth/APS Government jobs: https://www.apsjobs.gov.au/ ~ QLD Government jobs: https://smartjobs.qld.gov.au/ ~ NSW Government jobs: https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/ ~ ACT Government jobs: https://www.jobs.act.gov.au/ ~ VIC Government jobs: https://careers.vic.gov.au/ ~ SA Government jobs: https://iworkfor.sa.gov.au/ ~ WA Government jobs: https://jobs.wa.gov.au/ ~ NT Government jobs: http://www.careers.nt.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx ~ TAS Government jobs: http://www.jobs.tas.gov.au/ I’m here to help market you! Cheers, Annie [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses | Paralegal APS Government

This client applied for the role of Paralegal within an APS Government department and was successful in gaining a job interview. A two-page document addressing selection criteria/competencies was required covering five key areas, including aptitude and experience; research and advice; drive, judgment and organisation; working relationships; and communication. Following are full excerpts of two of the five selection criteria. Working Relationships. Working at my virtual [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Examples | APS Workforce Analyst

This particular client applied for the role of Workforce Analyst in an APS Government department and was successful in going through to the job interview stage. A total of five selection criteria required to be addressed; following are part excerpts from two of the criteria. Demonstrated high level communication skills including the ability to influence stakeholders at all levels. My influencing skills are demonstrated through [...]

Job Interview Tips | Phone Interviews: What You Need to Know

Meagan Weekes is a guest contributor to my Blog. She has written an interesting article outlining key tips to help you in phone interviews. Enjoy the read… Phone interviews are perhaps the trickiest of them all. Despite the fact that you can technically take a phone interview in your most unkempt state, since your potential employer would not even know if birds were nesting in [...]

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Resume Writing Strategy | Best Resume Tips for 2018

Let me introduce you to Jade Anderson who is a guest blogger. Jade has written a strong article outlining some of the best resume tips to use in your resume writing strategy for 2018. A resume/CV is and has always been the most important tool in the search for a job. Resumes are the first point of contact between you and the recruiter. Resumes are [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers | Administration Team Leader

This particular client applied for the role of Administration Team Leader within State (QLD) Government – specifically, in Queensland Health – and was successful in going through to the job interview stage, was offered and accepted the role. Following are part excerpts from two of the five selection criteria which required to be addressed in a two-page cover letter format. Planning and Prioritisation: Planning, prioritising [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Samples | Advisor (Commonwealth Games)

This particular repeat business client applied for the role of Advisor for the Commonwealth Games in a State (QLD) Government department which resulted in an interview. A two-page statement was requested to address five selection criteria/capabilities/competencies. Following are full excerpts of two of the criteria. Communicates clearly. I use well-developed verbal and written communication skills when liaising with TTT’s External Affairs team; they regularly deal [...]

Resume Writing Tips | Transforming Responsibilities and Skills into High Impact Achievement-Based Statements

I have been veering well away from developing boring responsibility-based resumes and eliminating repetition from job-to-job when overhauling clients’ resumes. Instead, I apply a lateral thinking approach in drawing out outcomes or achievements in relation to the responsibility performed and categorising and showcasing these statements under key skill areas. Where a particular responsibility cannot be drawn out to indicate an achievement/outcome, then my primary objective [...]

Job Interview Process | Power of Positive Body Language

Rissen-Harrisberg is a prominent body language expert who claims 93% of a message is delivered through body language, facial expression, vocal tone and inflections. Non Verbal: 55% what the interviewer(s) sees and 38% what they hear. Verbal: 7% what you say. Dr Jurgen Ruesch is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California who posits that we communicate by means of approximately 700,000 different nonverbal [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Responses | Grammar School Development Director

This client applied for the role of Development Director at a Grammar School in Victoria and secured a job interview. Aside from preparing a well-developed resume, I also helped create a 2.5 page cover letter addressing six criteria. Following are full examples addressing three of the selection criteria. Developing, driving and executing strategic plans. Much of my experience in the education sector has centred on [...]

Job Market Australia | Latest Skill Shortage NT 2016-17

Details are from the extensive research on Skill Shortages conducted nationwide in 2016-17 by the Australian Department of Education. This post reveals partial figures for the State of NT. State-wide shortage: - Optometrist - Pharmacists (Hospital, Retail) - Occupational Therapist - Physiotherapist - Panelbeater - Plumbers - Chef - Cabinetmaker - Solid Plasterer - Tilers (Roof, Wall, Floor) - Telecommunications Trades Workers - Baker - [...]

Job Market Australia | Latest Skill Shortage WA 2016-17

Details are from the extensive research on Skill Shortages conducted nationwide in 2016-17 by the Australian Department of Education. This post reveals partial figures for the State of WA. State-wide shortage: - Childcare Centre Manager - Sonographer - Audiologist - Locksmith - Stonemason - Plasterer - Tiler (Roof, Wall, Floor) - Telecommunications Trades Workers - Baker - Hairdresser Shortage in regional areas: - Early Childhood [...]

Job Market Australia | Latest Skill Shortage SA 2016-17

Details are from the extensive research on Skill Shortages conducted nationwide in 2016-17 by the Australian Department of Education. This post reveals partial figures for the State of SA. State-wide shortage: - Sonographer - Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians - Automotive Electrician - Motor Mechanics (General) - Bricklayer - Painting Trades Worker - Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics - Childcare Worker - Locksmith - Stonemason - [...]

Resume Writing Tips | Applicant Tracking System (ATS): What You Need to Know!

The majority of the best and most suitable candidates do not make it through the initial applicant tracking system (ATS) screening process. Only 25% of applicants make it through the first stage of ATS screening before their written documentation is seen by a person. Presently, over 93% of organisations in Australia use ATS. Those not using ATS are small family-owned business or one-person business operations. [...]

Job Market Australia | Latest Skill Shortage TAS 2016-17

Details are from the extensive research on Skill Shortages conducted nationwide in 2016-17 by the Australian Department of Education. This post reveals partial figures for the State of TAS. State-wide shortage: - Sheetmetal Trades Worker - Panelbeater - Vehicle Painter - Bricklayer - Painting Trades Worker - Cabinetmaker - Audiologist - Locksmith - Stonemason - Solid Plasterer - Tilers (Roof, Wall, Floor) - Baker - [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Examples | Personal Assistant (PA) Local Government

This repeat business client applied for the role of Personal Assistant (PA) in local government in Tasmania, breezed through the job interview stage, was offered and accepted the role. This was a big application requiring the addressing of 10 selection criteria; all were addressed in 4 pages. Following are part excerpts from 3 of the selection criteria. Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative, judgement and discretion [...]

Job Market Australia | Latest Skill Shortage VIC 2016-17

Details are from the extensive research on Skill Shortages conducted nationwide in 2016-17 by the Australian Department of Education. This post reveals partial figures for the State of VIC. State-wide shortage: - Architect - Sonographer - Midwife - Automotive Electrician - Sheetmetal Trade Worker - Panelbeater - Vehicle Painter - Carpenters and Joiners - Painting Trades Worker - Chef - Locksmith - Baker - Hairdresser [...]

Job Market Australia | Latest Skill Shortage ACT 2016-17

Details are from the extensive research on Skill Shortages conducted nationwide in 2016-17 by the Australian Department of Education. This post reveal partial figures for the Territory of ACT. State-wide shortage: - Civil Engineering Professionals - Audiologist - Optometrists - Motor Mechanics - Panelbeater - Bricklayer - Plumber - Locksmith - Glazier - Roof, Wall and Floor Tilers - Telecommunications Trades Workers - Baker - [...]

Job Market Australia | Latest Skill Shortage NSW 2016-17

Details are from the extensive research on Skill Shortages conducted nationwide in 2016-17 by the Australian Department of Education. This post reveals partial figures for the State of NSW. State-wide shortage: - Child Care Centre Manager - Surveyor - Sonographer - Architectural Draftsperson - Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians - Panelbeater - Bricklayer - Carpenter Shortage in metropolitan areas: - Architect - Sheetmetal Trades Worker [...]

Job Market Australia | Latest Skill Shortage QLD 2016-17

Details are from the extensive research conducted nationwide in 2016-17 on Skill Shortages by the Australian Department of Education. This post reveals partial figures for the State of QLD. State-wide shortage: - Special Education Teacher - Medical Diagnostic Radiographer - Optometrist - Motorcycle Mechanic - Panelbeater - Bricklayer - Cabinetmaker - Butcher and Smallgood maker Shortage in regional areas: - Hospital and Retail Pharmacist - [...]

Job Market Australia | Latest Skill Shortages Nationwide 2016-17

The Australian Department of Education conducted extensive research in the 2016-17 financial year. The details contained in the research are essentially a summary showing only skilled occupations for which the research suggests there are shortages or recruitment difficulties. Each list – National, State and Territory – reflects research undertaken to 30 June 2017, which was published in August 2017. Further information in this regard should [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Answers | Customer Compliance Officer

This client gained a job interview, was offered the role and accepted. Four selection criteria required addressing with a 200-word limit for each. Following are full examples for two of the criteria. Please provide an example of your understanding of the abilities required to work in a team based environment where you contribute to the overall culture and performance of a workplace. I recently worked [...]

FREE Selection Criteria Samples | ABS Field Interviewer

This particular client applied for the role of ABS Field Interviewer in the Australian Public Service (APS) – Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Five criteria required addressing at a maximum page length of half page each. They included Interpersonal Skills, Communication, Achieving Results, Technical Aptitude, and Past Experience. My client was called up for a job interview but was unable to attend due to a [...]