Government Applications / Selection Criteria

Need help to respond to key selection criteria or applying for a council / government role? No problem! 

Having a well-written and correctly structured application is key to standing out in a competitive field.  I specialise in writing tailored and individualised responses that are succinct, exactly aligned with the position you are applying for, and highlight your key strengths.  I have been writing key selection criteria for 15+ years so I have the formula down pat now and I am extremely proud that most clients are shortlisted for an interview.

Expertly written applications for: Federal Departments; State Government; Local Councils; Universities; Graduate Programs + Corporate Companies

I use the S.T.A.R. (situation, task, action, result/outcome) or C.A.R. (context, action result/outcome) methodology to prepare the selection criteria responses.  This ensures that I use really good examples from your experience to use that exactly align with the job requirements.  Your skills, knowledge and experience are showcased in a professional key selection criteria, written entirely just for you.  This highlights you as a standout applicant. Generally, I will write 350-500 words per criteria and I will meet the exact application requirements 100% of the time.

There are no guarantees of course, as sometimes these positions are filled internally, but I will write a quality key selection criteria that you will be proud to submit.  In the event that you are not shortlisted, you will own the open documents, so you may edit and re-use them for your future applications.

There are 3 options for service depending on how much you wish to be involved in the writing process, your time available, and your budget:

  1. I will write the statement of claims in full, based on our consultation + a questionnaire based on the role description.  This will enable me to gather the information and the best examples to use.  The fee varies, depending on the level of the role, the number of criteria, the application length and if you are purchasing other services. Once I review the role description, I will provide a firm quote upfront (generally $300+gst – $650+gst).
  2. You may write the statement of claims or cover letter addressing the criteria yourself and I will polish and edit what you write. I will provide a firm quote upfront (generally $250+gst-$350+gst).
  3. I will coach you on how to write the application + give you a framework / structure to use + brainstorm with you to choose your best examples + provide KSC writing resources ($220+gst)

Please send the link to the job/role description and your resume to and I will provide you with a firm quotation.

Client Testimonials

“Tara has been a Godsend for me when tackling selection criteria. I am 6 months into a position that I adore and credit my confidence and skills during the application and interview stages to her advice and guidance. Tara helped me get the job I have always wanted. Thanks Tara – you are a true job mentor.” Penny Kaletch, School Administrator

“I got the job with Qld Parks & Wildlife thanks to Tara.  I really didn’t realise how much was involved in the whole process of applying for a job, especially within government.  Thank you again for your expertise in helping me gain my career change.”  Jon Mills, Marine Professional

“I got my dream job thanks to Tara!  She highlighted my skills and qualifications to suit a Nursing Graduate application and I would recommend Tara not only to fellow nursing students, but to anyone applying for their ideal job. A very grateful and happy nursing student.”  Meagan Morris, Graduate Nurse

“I have been one of the lucky ones who was shortlisted for the Queensland Police Service.  Out of 93 applicants, I am one of seven selected for an interview thanks to my application.”  Gertie Aguilar, Senior Accountant

“My son Darby was offered BOTH jobs Tara wrote the selection criteria for – Queensland Health and Department of Youth Justice.  Now he doesn’t know which one to take!”  Jacquie Chapman for Darby

“I got the job using your key selection criteria, and now I have a promotion using the resume, thanks Tara!”  Chris Langridge, Qld Health

“OMG what a great job Tara did!  I got shortlisted for the Council position.  I couldn’t have done it without Tara’s genuine help and support.”  Sandy Hansen, Executive Assistant

“Tara is very talented at writing resumes and key selection criteria.  Some people have gifts in certain areas and Tara has a gift with writing.  PS I got the Government job thanks to her writing the application and at age 65!”  Lawrie Comben, Education Professional

“Out of 200 applicants, my son was shortlisted for the council traineeship position thanks to Tara writing the application.  We are so happy for him.”  Tracey Peacock, mother of Jordan

“I’m not a review writer normally, however you all need to know how amazing Tara is and her work.  I’ve been employed in the Government sector for 23 yrs. and had decided to apply for another position after all these years 😊 so I definitely needed to update resume and all other aspects for applying for a position.  Tara was absolutely amazing, she went above and beyond, everything done so professionally, nothing seemed to be difficult (I was traveling at the time, this was a bit of a challenge also a short time frame for application to be in by) she loves what she does and is very proud of her accomplishments, this reflects immensely from when you chat to her and of course in her work.  I love my new resume.

The biggest compliment given was by the recruiting panel, they had told me that the resume and the KSC questions were (knocked out of the park,  their words) they couldn’t believe how well it was all presented and written. 😊 they loved it.  I really cannot recommend Tara enough. If you are looking to update your resume or any of the other options that you require, you will not be disappointed.”  Cheryl Gibson, Council Administrator

“I have been selected for an interview with the Department of Transport for the Transport Inspector job due to the work Tara did on my selection criteria.” A, Edwards, Automotive Technician

Key selection criteria