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By Nikky Rhodes

Master Resume Writer, Certified Selection Criteria Specialist & Interview Coach with over 10 years of public and private sector recruitment experience


Selection Criteria Articles

Steps to take when hiring a professional selection criteria writer - Practical steps to take and questions to ask prospective selection criteria writers BEFORE you engage their services. This article contains essential information for any job-seeker looking for assistance in writing selection criteria.

Selection Criteria FAQs - As a professional selection criteria writer I get asked many questions in relation to writing selection criteria. This article provides answers to a few common selection criteria questions.

Selection Criteria Book Reviews - Overwhelmed by the range of selection criteria resources available? Don't have the time to read everything? In this article, I review some of the best books out there on writing selection criteria.

All you need to know about creating a visually appealing selection criteria application - When writing selection criteria responses it's not ALL about the content. How you present your information and frame your responses can have a significant impact on how your selection criteria responses are received. This is particularly true when you are the hundredth application that the hiring manager or recruiter is reviewing. Remember you want to stand out - for all the RIGHT reasons!

Types of Selection Criteria Questions - Find out more about the types of selection criteria that you may be required to respond to. They are not all the same and require a different approach. In this article, I cover the types of selection criteria questions out there.

Understanding Selection Criteria Competencies/Behaviours - Learn more about key behaviours and performance indicators when addressing selection criteria that relate to Management and Planning, Leadership and Communication and Client Focus.

Understanding Selection Criteria Terminology - Uncover what agencies are really asking for by deciphering key selection criteria terms and ensure that you respond appropriately. Ignoring these descriptors could mean the difference between meeting the criteria and failing to respond to key terms.

How to use a selection criteria model as part of your selection criteria responses - Make sure that you use a selection criteria model as part of your selection criteria response and ensure that you provide all necessary information as part of the selection criteria answers. Failing to do so may mean that you exclude relevant and important information demonstrating evidence of your suitability to perform the role.


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5 Essential Tips for Managing Job-Hunting Stress. Practical steps to take to protect yourself from job-hunting stress. Employing these simple strategies will ensure that you feel in greater control of the job-hunting process and ultimately your life and career.

Writing a Winning Resume for the Australian Public Service Sector. When was the last time you updated your resume? Not sure what information to include and exclude or how to overcome possible objections and barriers to your success? Read this informative article BEFORE you start writing your own resume.

All you need to know about Australian Paid Parental Leave. If you are having a baby or planning to have a baby this is essential information regarding the Australian Paid Parental Leave Scheme. Check information regarding your eligibility, find out what happens if you need to return to work early, clarify whether your partner is entitled to any paid leave and who actually makes payment to you.

The Most Common Selection Criteria Myths Busted. Advice from a credentialed resume and selection criteria writer on: how to overcome and shatter common selection criteria myths including making assumptions about being able to perform the role WITHOUT providing evidence, cutting and pasting from earlier applications, how much to write (when is enough.....enough?), assuming that engaging a selection criteria writer will guarantee an interview and busting that age-old myth that writing selection criteria applications is easy!

Essential Advice from a Professional Selection Criteria Writer. Be better prepared for your next government job application by following these 5 simple steps focused on improving the quality of your selection criteria response.



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Having held a range of diverse and varied roles as Recruiter, Human Resources and Hiring Manager, and selection panel member, having sat on hundreds of selection panels, it seemed only natural that Nikky transition her passion for assisting job-seekers to establish CareerPro, a leading, professional writing business focused on helping job-seekers to effectively market and "sell" themselves to prospective employers. Through her unique writing services (selection criteria, resumes, curriculum vitae, cover/application letters) she assists clients and job-seekers locally, nationally and internationally to achieve their goals of promotion, interview and job success.




"Hi Nikky, This resume is amazing! I think that I had read similar comments to this on your website, but - I can't believe this was describing me when I was reading it! I am so happy that I decided to have you do this for me - the best investment for me for quite a while. I think that it is definitely going to be the secret weapon in obtaining a position. I am just in awe at your ability with words." DF, Bookkeeper

"Oh my goodness Nikky - this is amazing! You are certainly sensational at what you do and are totally worth the money! I would recommend you to anyone. I was a little uncomfortable at first reading this amazing resume that looked like it belonged to someone else, but once I read it in more detail you have described me and what I do to a tee! You are a very clever lady and you make me look very clever too!!!! LOL! The cover letter and selection criteria are so awesome and I'm 100% happy with these." DS, Administration Manager

"Hi Nikky, What you have written is amazing and I certainly could not word this application the way you have!" JJ, Service & Administration, University

"Thank you so much, I have to say I do look good on paper!" KB, Local Government, WA

"The outcome has far exceeded my expectations and I am over the moon with the result." KG, Executive Assistant

"Brilliant! I'm very happy with what you have written. Thanks so much and I'll let you know how I go." MR, Quality Assistant, Tertiary Education Institute

"You will be pleased to know that I was ranked No. 2 on this job - this is what I expected as the officer that has been acting in the position re-applied. I am actually going to be doing the job for 8 weeks so am pretty pleased with the result!"
DB, Client Services, Federal Government Department

"It sounds pretty damn good, would you employ me? Thanks so much for all of your help and the quickness of getting this done for me. I really appreciate it. Will let you know the outcome."
CM, Administration, Local Council

"Hi Nikky,
Resume is exactly what I wanted! Very professional Nikky, you are great with words. Thank you."
CB, Hair Stylist / Nail Technician

"The first draft looks fantastic!! I'm really happy with the wording and changes you made."
JC, Communications Manager

"Thanks for making my selection criteria so fantastic. I wanted to let you know that I did get interviews for all of the jobs."
JH, Administration, Local Council

"Morning Nikky, you have done a brilliant job with my resume. Thank you very very much."
JR, Executive Assistant

"Just wanted to thank you again for doing up the selection criteria for the Business Administrator position - I was shortlisted and had an interview yesterday. The interview went well I thought, but even if I don't get the job, it was invaluable experience for me. I should find out by the end of the week."
KW, Administrator, Tertiary Education Sector

"WOW, that was fast !!!! Thank you very much, they look fantastic."
LE, Administration

"I wasn't going to tell you until afterwards, but I have been offered and interview. The interview is being held this Tuesday at 11:40am. I didn't ant to jinx myself by telling you but I really wanted to let you know. Thank you so much and I will let you know how the interview goes.."
TS, PA, Private Education Sector

"WOW, thanks. I sound good! I didn't expect to hear back from you so soon."
JK, Environmental Management, State Government

"Hi Nikky,
That's fantastic, thank you so much. I would never have been able to write like that about myself. Funny thing is, a few of the personal type bits you added in, is exactly what I am like (ethics etc), so it was brilliant."
KH, Business Manager, Education Sector

"WOW - awesome. I am off work tomorrow & will scrutinise!! Looks fantastic at first read. Thanks Nikky."
MP, Consultant Change Management, Private Sector

"What great work! That all looks really great, you made it look so easy."
PT, Administration, Defence

"Your first draft is very good. I cannot believe it is my Resume. Thank you so much.."
RR, Entry Level Graduate, Public Sector

"Hi Nikky, it is brilliant, you made me sound perfect for the job. Thank you for your help."
MS, Registered Nurse, Allied Health Professionals, Centrelink

"Nikky, I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the personal attention that you provided as part of the development process we have been through in drafting my resume. The finished product has been a resume that presents my experience and achievements in a way that I would never have considered. You have provided a one-on-one consultancy that was most beneficial in tuning the vocabulary of my resume and skill focus for the industry I am targeting."
JM, General Manager,
Telecommunications, United Kingdom

"Thanks so much for taking me on as a client. I have nothing but praise for the work your business is doing and you have been unreal to deal with. Quick, accurate, pleasant! And yes the resume looks a lot better than before. I couldn’t believe how you managed to fit all that information into a few pages."
ID, QLD Government, Financial Controller

"Well, what can I say …………………..but what a job I am really pleased. I will have a really good read through it all tonite."
BW, Queensland Police, Automotive Engineer

"I just found out that I have been offered an interview for this job at (name removed) in Brisbane. You helped me with the resume and selection criteria. I had thought it was a bit out of my league so obviously your input helped to get me this far!"
KL, Postgraduate Student, Government Application

"Hi Nikky,
You are amazing! What an amazing job! Thanks so much for this so far and for your promptness. I may have a colleague here coming your way. "

AC, Business Specialist, Telecommunications

"Hello Nikky,
Wow and Thank you so much for this! You have done such a tremendous job. Of course you can enter it into the awards also :) I would love my resume to be a part of that as I think it is fantastic. Thanks for your wishes and I'm sure I'll get snapped up with this for sure. Good luck with your awards. Make sure you let me know how you go.”
AC, Business Specialist, Telecommunications

"Ahhhh Nikky!!!!!,
You are absolutely wonderful! Many thanks for ALL your assistance, hard work and guidance! Let me say that I thoroughly enjoy working with you, I’m very lucky to have you as my career CHAMPION!!!! Thank you very much for your encouragement and a warm hug back to you!!! "

IT, Marketing Executive, Tertiary Education Sector



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