Your future at the University of Tasmania starts here
Thank you for your interest in applying for a position at the University of Tasmania.
To assist you through the application process, we've provided further information on registering, preparing and submitting your application and the process to appoint the most suitable candidate. We've also included some troubleshooting tips if you need.
"We can only ever be as good as the people who choose to work with us; our staff and students are our most important asset."
- If this is your first time applying for a position with the University of Tasmania since August 2016, you need to register as a new user. To do this, click ‘Apply’ at the bottom of the vacancy listing you are interested in, and then click ‘Register Now’ when prompted to login. Alternatively you can click 'New User' in the top right of the Job Search page.
- Enter your personal details into the form.
- Please carefully read all instructions as they contain important information about the application process.
- Read and agree to the terms and conditions then click 'next'. From here, follow the steps as directed to complete the application process.
The first step in the selection process is to prepare and submit a written application. The written application is an important first stage in demonstrating your skills, past experience and claims against the Selection Criteria. The following documents are required as part of your written application:
You should include a covering letter with your written application as it allows you to introduce yourself and to highlight the reasons you are seeking this position with the University of Tasmania.
A cover letter and CV should be designed to complement each other. While a CV should include detailed information about your experiences, a cover letter is shorter and sharper and lets you introduce yourself and summarise who you are, where you’ve come from and what your interest is in the job you’re applying for. This is your ‘sales pitch.’
When writing your cover letter, have the role you’re applying for in mind. Specifically, have the position description and selection criteria at hand and continually ask yourself, ‘am I providing the reader with enough relevant information, in a persuasive enough manner, to convince them that I am the right person for this particular job?’
Current resumé or curriculum vitae
A resumé is a history of your employment and work experience and should cover the following areas:
- your employment history in chronological order, starting with your current employment;
- details of the positions you have held including dates of employment, capacity in which you were employed, where you were employed and a brief outline of the main duties, responsibilities and major achievements; and
- your educational qualifications and professional affiliations that detail the full title of the qualification, the year awarded and the full title of the institution attended. The Job Application Package for academic appointments includes an Academic Resumé Information Sheet detailing specific requirements.
Your CV should not be unnecessarily long - 4 pages is a good guide but don’t be concerned if you have more. Just try to be concise and to the point in your resumé.
Claims against the selection criteria
The University requires that you submit an application that addresses each of the selection criteria. This document will assist the Selection Committee to establish whether you have the relevant knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience to meet the specified criteria. In addressing the selection criteria, please provide information in relation to your work history, qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience which is directly related to each selection criterion, as it is not sufficient simply to claim that you meet the criteria.
Preparing your responses to selection criteria:
- Start a new document and use the exact wording of the selection criteria as headings.
- Don’t be tempted to combine criteria which sound similar.
- Respond to both ‘essential’ and ‘desirable’ criteria.
- It is important to respond to all criteria even if you don’t feel you have much to say. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t give a strong response to every criterion.
- While there is no strict guide to length, perhaps consider a 1/3 to 1/2 a page.
It is advisable that you provide a copy of any academic qualifications you hold with your application, especially if a specific qualification is listed as a key selection criteria for the role on the position description. If you’re unable to provide this at application, you may be requested to do so at a later stage in the recruitment process.
If you are not an Australian citizen, it is advisable that you provide a copy of any working visa that you hold with your application, especially if it is listed as a requirement on the position description. If you’re unable to provide this at application, you may be requested to do so at a later stage in the recruitment process. The University of Tasmania does from time to time provide sponsorship to individuals that do not currently have the tight to work in Australia and the contact person listed on the vacancy should be able to advise you of this.
Shortly after the closing date, the applications will be forwarded to the Selection Committee for shortlisting. To shortlist applicants for interview, the Selection Committee must be satisfied that the applicants meet all of the essential selection criteria. Not all applicants who appear to meet the selection criteria will be selected for interview, given that for many positions there may be a large number of applicants in this category.
The Selection Committee will select for interview those applicants who appear to meet the criteria at the highest level. Applicants who clearly do not meet the selection criteria will be advised at this stage of the selection process that their application has been unsuccessful.
Attending the interview
The interviews are conducted by a Selection Committee consisting of at least three people and includes both men and women in its membership. If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will be advised of the date, time and venue by telephone or by email.
Please note that for some positions, interviews may be conducted by teleconference in the first instance. The interview provides an opportunity for the Selection Committee to obtain further information from you in relation to your application.
The interview will be structured so that a standard line of questioning will be used for all applicants, but supplementary questions may be asked of each applicant to obtain additional information in relation to the selection criteria.
Following the interview process, the Selection Committee will rank the applicants in relation to the selection criteria and will agree upon a preferred candidate. The Selection Committee may then agree to seek referee reports, if these have not previously been sought, prior to the decision to make an offer of appointment to the preferred candidate.
Referee report checks
The purpose of referee checks is to obtain, in confidence, factual information about your past work history, as well as opinions regarding the quality of your work and suitability for the position. Referee reports may be sought verbally or in writing. Referees usually include current supervisors and/or managers and can include supervisors/managers from voluntary or unpaid work.
A referee must be able to comment on your work experience and skills specifically relating to the selection criteria. You will be required to provide a minimum of two referees.
Pre-employment Health Report
The University is committed to continually improving the management and standards of occupational health and safety and strives to minimise the risk of injury in the workplace. If you are the preferred applicant you will be required to complete a Pre-employment Health Report form providing relevant information as to your capacity to undertake the duties of the position taking into consideration the risk factors identified in Part A of the form.
You will be required to complete and return the report for assessment by the University’s WH&S Unit. Where there are concerns as to the capacity to fulfil the inherent requirements of the position, you will be assessed by a medical practitioner. You will only be denied employment where the medical practitioner determines that you are unable to fulfil the inherent requirements of the position.
A written offer of appointment to the position will then be provided. The seeking of referee reports and the Pre-employment Health Report process may delay the notification to the preferred candidate and other interviewees.
Who do I contact regarding a vacant position?
The job advertisement contains useful information about the position. If you wish to speak to someone further about the job opportunity, you will find contact details in the body of the advertisement.
The Vacancy Document itself is in PDF format. Adobe Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe website.
I can't open the position description
- If you are trying to access the position using a mobile or tablet device you may encounter some difficulty, we are aware of this issue and are working on rectifying it.
- Sometimes a position description may not open due to "pop ups" being blocked.
For Chrome on Windows > Settings > Show Advanced Settings > Privacy > Content Settings > Popups > Manage Exceptions and Add the webpage address you are trying to view
In Safari,go to the Safari Menu > Preferences > Security (tab) and then uncheck "Block pop-up windows".
- Select Tools from the Mozilla Firefox taskbar
- Select Options from the drop-down menu
- Select Content from the Options dialog box
- To disable all pop-ups, uncheck the Block pop-up windows radio button
- Select Close
- Click Firefox
- Click Preferences
- Select Content
- Un-check Block pop-up windows