Before applying for a vacancy, consider what you really want from your employment.
When you have done so, you can decide whether a job is going to meet your needs and if it is worth applying for.
These exercises will help you to determine:
Positions at UWA are normally advertised internally and often externally through newspapers and other sources. The main exceptions to this are for appointments lasting less than three months or special cases where an executive dean approves the appointment of someone to a position without it being advertised.
Some short-term and casual appointments may not be advertised. You can contact different departments to find out if such positions are available.
You may be interested in such positions if you are looking to broaden your skills and experience in the short-term but don't wish to give up your current position. In this case you would have to negotiate a secondment to the position with your head of department and the department where the vacancy has arisen.
If you are considering short-term positions, write to departments where you would particularly like to work, enclosing your résumé and details of what you have to offer, and ask them to consider you if suitable short-term vacancies arise.
All advertised jobs will have a position description that provides:
The selection criteria for the job are usually listed in order of priority.
The criteria identify what is required in order for someone to perform the job effectively, including education, qualifications, training, abilities, knowledge, personal attributes, skills and experience.
Copies of the position description and selection criteria for advertised vacancies are available electronically from the [email protected] site or by contacting Human Resources on the 24-hour "hotline" number 6488 3723.
You may have additional questions about the duties listed or want more information about certain aspects of the position. The contact person listed in the advertisement should be able to answer specific questions about the duties, as well as general questions about the department or section.
While you can get the information over the telephone, it is better to see the contact person. That way you may also have an opportunity to see the working environment and possibly meet some of the staff.
You could also find out more by speaking to the person currently doing the job. They should be able to tell you about the job in detail, as well as what other members of the department or section are like. However, bear in mind that they may have a biased view of the position depending on their reasons for leaving it.
Another option would be to talk to someone who holds a position similar to the one you are considering. This should give you a general picture of the type of work involved, although the specific duties may be different.
You now need to look at your requirements in terms of goals, needs, skills and work values (refer to exercises 1 - 3) to see if they match the job and if they do, you will probably want to apply for it.
This involves submitting a written application, which includes a covering letter and résumé, and which indicates how you meet the requirements of the position.
It will more than likely involve attending an interview.
If the job doesn't meet your needs, it is important to consider carefully whether you want to apply for it. You may decide to apply anyway, for example:
Remember that you don't have to apply for something that doesn't interest you.