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 is a full example of one of the selection criteria.

Working Relationships.

Working at my virtual firm as part of my postgraduate studies, I established and maintained solid working relationships with junior solicitors by openly discussing each other’s work schedules and tasks. For example, when two of my team members undertook extra training, I initiated responsibility for helping them complete tasks due that week. When I was president of UQ’s Justice and The Law Society (JATL), I formed relationships and liaised extensively with sponsors, university administration, the UQ Union, other student societies and students. This was imperative in ensuring JATL was funded, and events were promoted and well-attended. My role involved delegating duties to the team. This was done by holding regular meetings, gaining an understanding of each team member’s schedules and availability, and progress of task work. Additionally, I promoted the importance of attending social events to facilitate team cohesion. This helped to create an atmosphere of transparent sharing and contribution within the team.

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