Applying for a position

Your application is a summary of what you would like us to know about your skills and experience, relevant to the position you are applying for. The following information is provided to assist you in preparing your application:

Deciding to apply for a position

Find out as much information as possible about the position, the University and the region to help you decide whether applying for a position at Southern Cross University is right for you.

  • Examine the position advertisement and decide whether you have the skills, qualifications, experience and personal attributes the position requires;
  • Review what you have discovered and consider whether our Values, strategic direction and the role are the right fit for you;
  • Speak to the contact person to obtain more information about the role, ask questions or clarify any concerns you may have;
  • Use the links provided in Southern Cross University at a glance and Why work at Southern Cross University to find out more about the University and the region; and, if appropriate
  • Discuss your intentions with family members who may be affected by your plans.

Writing your application

The information in your application will be used to determine whether or not you are invited for an interview.

Complete your application online, uploading your resume and responding to each of the selection criteria in a separate document.

Nominated referees

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide contact details for two referees who are either your current or recent supervisor. This section is not mandatory as you may prefer to include referees in your resume. Reference checks are usually completed once the preferred candidate has been selected following interviews however references may be required after shortlisting. Preferred candidates will be notified prior to referees being contacted.

Selection criteria

Selection criteria plays a critical part in the Panel's assessment of your application.

When submitting your application online you will be required to upload your cover letter addressing the selection criteria outlined in the position description attached to the advertisement.

You should address each of the selection criteria separately, giving clear and concise examples that demonstrate how you meet the criteria (eg provide your relevant work experience or describe a situation where you have demonstrated this skill or personal attribute) [see Hints for your application]. Applicants who do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Curriculum vitaé (CV) or Resume

Your CV or resume should cover the major positions you have held in chronological order, with your most recent position listed first.

Indicate the:

  • Title and level of the position;
  • Dates (month and year) employed in the position;
  • Reasons for leaving or wanting to leave; and
  • Responsibilities and main duties for each position.

Also include a summary of your educational qualifications and relevant training courses completed, together with any awards received and membership of professional bodies. Please do not attach copies of these qualifications or certificates.

Submitting your application

Your online application should be completed by the advertised closing date.

As part of the online application process, you are able to preview your application details prior to submission.

In addition, you are also able to access existing applications that have previously been submitted through My Applications, under the My Profile menu.

Access and inclusion for applicants with a disability

If you require reasonable adjustments to apply for a position and/or participate in an interview process please contact Southern Cross University’s Disability Support Officer on (02) 6626 9143 or email whs@scu.edu.au.

The University will make reasonable adjustments to support all job candidates to have an equal opportunity in the recruitment process. Reasonable accommodations during the recruitment process may include but are not limited to, provision of position advertisement and/or interview content in alternative accessible formats, modification of physical environment for interview, or provision of equipment.

If successful, applicants with a disability will be asked to provide detail of any reasonable adjustments they will need in order to be able to perform their job effectively and enjoy equal employment opportunities.

More information is available in the Southern Cross University Employees with Disabilities Policy.