In this week’s elective we learned how to effectively respond to selection criteria in job applications. “Selection criteria describe the personal qualities, skills, abilities, knowledge and qualifications (if any) a person needs to perform the role effectively. They are used to identify the right person for the role.” (A guide on addressing selection criteria for applicants, What Are Selection Criteria And How Are They used? n.d.). One of the main points of the lecture that appealed to me was the fact that selection criteria is split into 2 different parts, one being desirable and the other one being essential. Essential is pretty obvious, meaning what qualities the applicant must have for the job. Whereas I thought that desirable were qualities that the employers would like the applicant to have but are not necessary.
However the lecture stated this is not the case. Rather it meant that you should state all of your desirable qualities that are in accordance with the criteria, but be honest and state weaknesses that you have but are willing to work on. I found this quite interesting and helpful because had I not learnt it here I would have assumed that all selection criteria’s stating desirable criteria, would be optional. This would have put me at a disadvantage as I would not have responded to these criteria.
“When asked to respond to selection criteria, you are being asked to describe how you meet the requirements of the job, providing examples.” (How to Write Selection Criteria, Paragraph 1 n.d.). As far as I understand it, the purpose of responding well to selection criteria is to demonstrate your reasons for being more suitable than the other applicants to the job you have applied for. However it is not beneficial solely writing that you are good at everything or only listing your knowledge and skills. You must also provide evidence in writing, or referees, possible qualifications/documents that back you up. Whether you have documentation or not you should demonstrate further evidence with real life examples of how said knowledge or skills helped you in certain situations. The lecture showed us the SAO and STAR template which greatly assist in proving said knowledge and skills in a professional, easy to understand format.
I benefited from the lecture because I learned quite a few new useful things; one of them was completely new to me, soft and hard skills sets. Both of these skill sets are necessary for each and every employee to have. However each one is valued in different ways. A few examples of soft skills are: Being able to communicate efficiently and effectively with others, learning new skills quickly, being able to teach others etc. These are relative to things you learned when you were young. Hard skills are relative to assisting us in completing tasks, they are to do with your accomplishments and how well you perform. Hard skills can be taught, however soft skills cannot which is why soft skills are more valued by employers.
I did not think that it would be so difficult to address selection criteria well but it turns out you need to have quite good writing skills. I think the trick is to be specific, state all of your relevant knowledge, skills, experience etc. but be concise and succinct as well, as not to overload it. It has to be formatted correctly and intrigue the reader. To me it is not an easy skill to master and it would take many attempts to get right. Although that gives a good incentive to try it many times in order to improve one’s craft.
How to Write Selection Criteria, Paragraph 1. [n.d].
A guide on addressing selection criteria for applicants, What Are Selection Criteria And How Are They used? [n.d].