Applying for a job

A job with Monash is like no other. You'll be challenged, inspired, and always part of something bigger.

If you’ve found your dream job with us, now it's just a matter of submitting your application.

How to apply

The first step is to read the position description and any other information provided about the role. Take note of any requirements and do some research on the role.

If you have any questions about the position, contact the person listed in the enquiries section of the advertisement.

Each job advertisement will take you to an online application form where you will be asked to enter your details including name, address, contact details and your Australian working eligibility.

Your application should also include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Key selection criteria response and/or other documentation in support of your application (if applicable)

Save the application documents separately as you will be prompted to attach them individually.

Once your documents are saved, start your application online by clicking on the "Apply" button at the bottom of the advertisement.

Important: You can save your application before all documents have been attached, and you will receive an email reminding you to complete your application. However, the system will delete your incomplete application after 14 days.

Key selection criteria

If required to submit a response to the key selection criteria, you can obtain these criteria by reviewing the position description. To respond, write a short statement against each, outlining how you meet the criteria. Make sure you provide examples that demonstrate your skills, knowledge and professional behaviours

The STAR approach is helpful when giving examples as to how you meet the criteria:

  • Describe the Situation
  • Identify the Task/problem that needed to be performed/solved
  • Explain the Action you took and what skills you used
  • Specify the Results

If you have limited experience in relation to some criteria, you can list related skills that are relevant for the selection committee.

Addressing the selection criteria will show the selection committee how you meet the requirements of the position.

Resume pointers

Your resume is not simply a list of your job history. It’s your opportunity to sell your results, achievements and successes. Here are some suggestions for making a great first impression:

  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling – use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling to demonstrate your communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Irrelevant or vague adjectives – rather than saying you are an “experienced researcher” or a “dynamic team-player” (vague references), detail your demonstrated abilities. In other words, be specific.
  • Repetition of words – Ensure you use diverse words, which indicates a strong vocabulary.
  • Be active, not passive – “I joined” is better than “I was a member of”.

A strong resume indicates how you’ve been successful in your career, and relates your skills and experience to the job you’re applying for.

Above all, your resume should be succinct – no more than four pages long. Simplicity is key; be concise, short and specific.

The layout

  • Presentation is vital. Use consistent formatting, clear headers and a footer on every page. Having your name in the header on each page is helpful for the committee.
  • Dot points are helpful for the reader – preferable even. Ensure the points are clear.
  • Do not overuse fonts – although you may wish to use more if you’re applying for a creative role. Recommendations for fonts include Verdana, Calibri or Arial (sans-serif).
  • Highlight the accomplishments that you’re most proud of closer to the start of your resume. You can do this via a career summary before your employment history.
  • Present your employment history with your most recent experience first.
  • It’s helpful for the selection panel to understand your key achievements. Include these for each position, with emphasis on your most recent roles.
  • Include your contact details at the top of your resume. Email and phone numbers are essential.

Cover letters

Your cover letter is your personal marketing tool that highlights your key offering to a prospective employer. It has a beginning, middle and an end – it is your story, your professional narrative, tailored to the job you are applying for.

Here are some guidelines to assist you:


Begin your cover letter with a clear message about what part of the job and organisation you are passionate about. Here is an example:

“I am passionate about quality education and research, and look forward to the opportunity of working with such a high-profile University. I’m committed to delivering research to achieve the impact that will make a visible difference”

You have limited page space, open with a positive message. Wording such as “I wish to apply for the … position as advertised on the Monash University website on June 12” , does not immediately engage the reader.

Body of cover letter

Action – Skill – Example, this is the golden rule. Choose an action word, link it to the relevant skill, and follow with an example.

Here is an example:

“My experience includes the end-to-end strategy management for major events and seminars to enhance and publicise the company employment brand. In planning and executing marketing campaigns and promotional events like the company careers fairs, I’ve been successful in attracting the best talent in the industry; with the right motivational fit and behaviours.”

Final section

Reaffirm your suitability for the position and end with a call-to-action.

“My resume demonstrates that I have the skills and experience to succeed in this position, and I look forward to discussing this exciting opportunity with you further.”

The final recommendation is that your cover letter should not exceed more than one A4 page – be succinct.