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The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection to advertised positions is based on merit, which means that the person judged most able to perform the duties of the position will be appointed to the position. The principle of 'equity' is also applied to the University's recruitment and selection practices, which means that the University will seek to create conditions under which all persons will have an equal opportunity to seek and obtain employment.

To find out more about the terms and conditions of employment at USC, read the Enterprise Agreement (2014-2018).

How to apply

Read the advertisement 

Carefully read the information provided to gain a broad understanding of the role and determine if you meet the requirements of the role.

Prepare your application

Depending on the role you are applying for, you will be required to provide either a Statement of Claims or address Selection Criteria:

Statement of Claims

A statement of claims allows for a more flexible and efficient application, compared to the traditional method of addressing specific selection criteria. This format gives you more control over what you would like to highlight and how you would like to structure the document.

The statement of claims should be no more than two A4 pages. It can be in the format of a letter (like a cover letter) or a document. If you structure it as a document, there is no requirement to provide a separate cover letter.

Regardless of whether you structure it as a letter or document, an effective statement of claims will highlight your key strengths and achievements and include relevant examples that clearly demonstrate how your knowledge, skills and experience align with the role requirements.

Rather than providing a list of selection criteria, the role statement will contain a description of the key responsibilities for the role and the required capabilities. Applicants are not required to address each capability that is mentioned in the role statement, but should provide sufficient information in their application to enable the selection panel to make an informed assessment of their suitability for the role.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria describe the qualifications, skills, knowledge, abilities and personal qualities required to perform the duties of the position successfully. Selection criteria for a position vary in importance and can be classified as either essential or desirable. Applicants must individually address all the criteria in their application, including both the essential and desirable selection criteria.

The wording of each criterion tells you the ideal level of knowledge and skill needed for the job:

  • 'Ability to acquire' means that you have the potential to learn the skill or knowledge.
  • 'Knowledge', 'demonstrated' or 'proven ability' means that you possess the knowledge or have performed the activity successfully or used the skill in the past. You should have actual experience.
  • 'Thorough', 'detailed', 'good', 'sound' or 'high level' gives an indication that advanced skill, knowledge, and/or ability is required.

How to address the selection criteria:

  • Include details on how you meet each of the selection criteria provided for the position.
  • Be brief and to the point using positive language. If you have been responsible for something, use active language (eg 'I implemented...', rather than just saying 'A system was implemented').
  • Provide examples and figures to support your achievements (eg number of staff supervised, results of the changes you made).
  • It is recommended you treat each criterion as equally important, and address each one individually and thoroughly.
Submit your application

After preparing your application, please visit USC's career portal and complete the application process.

Applications received via email will not be considered. You are not required to include evidence of qualifications including academic transcripts, certificates and licenses in your application. If you are the successful applicant you will need to provide the original documents upon request.

Applying Online - Troubleshooting

If you are having difficulty applying online for a vacancy, please check the following:

  • Browser: If using PC, android tablet or phone - use Google Chrome. If using Apple - MAC, iPhone or iPad - use Google Chrome or FireFox
  • Only have 1 session open at a time - close down all browsers and reopen just 1 browser
  • Clear caching
  • Only upload the documents that are requested in the advertisement. Additional documents will not be able to be uploaded.

How applications are processed

You will receive an automated email acknowledgment upon submission of your application. Shortlisting usually takes place within four weeks of the closing date for applications.

The selection committee will decide which applicants meet the requirements sufficiently to be placed on a shortlist.

If your application is successful in being shortlisted, we will contact you to invite you to attend an interview.

Shortlisted applicants should advise the person arranging the interview of any access or support requirements they need addressed to attend the interview (eg accessible parking or adaptive equipment).

Preparing for an interview

Careful preparation for the interview will ensure that you give yourself the best possible chance for success. Your preparation could include the following:

  • Research USC. Find out about our history, what we offer, and our strategic direction.
  • Interview questions will relate to the selection criteria or the key responsibilities, qualifications and experience, so plan your answers to the questions you are likely to be asked in the interview. You could be asked to provide specific examples of your past behaviour and performance.
  • If applicable, bring to the interview those documents and work samples which prove you meet the requirements of the role (eg original copies of relevant educational qualifications, samples of relevant work and written evaluations of your work).
  • Plan which questions you will ask the selection committee.
  • Know the directions and parking arrangements for the campus you are attending and arrive on time for the interview.
  • Try to relax — the selection committee is probably nervous too.

Positive interview behaviours

Use the opportunity of an interview to give the selection committee further information about yourself and for you to learn more about the role and USC:

  • Be straightforward and completely honest.
  • Listen and ask questions.
  • Correct any mistaken impressions gained by the selection committee from your application.
  • Volunteer relevant information to support your application.
  • Be aware of your body language (eg maintain eye contact with committee members, don't slouch, speak clearly).

Reference checks

Reference checks may be conducted for preferred applicants with their nominated referees in order to verify and supplement information in relation to the applicant’s suitability.

Notification of appointment

In making their selection, the committee will consider how well the applicant meets the requirements of the role. The committee’s decision will be based on the application, interview, referee reports and other selection measures if applicable, such as work based tests.

If successful, you will be telephoned by a member of the committee, which will be followed by an offer of employment.

If you have been interviewed and are unsuccessful, you will be contacted by a member of the committee, usually within two to three weeks of interview.

Those who have not been successful in gaining an interview will be notified by email.

We wish you all the best in your recruitment journey with USC.

Contact Human Resources for further information. Connect with us on LinkedIn to stay up to date with what’s happening at USC.

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