Craft your application

Develop applications that give you the edge

The Career Development team empowers you to craft an application that can boost your chances of being shortlisted by an employer.

Understanding the purpose and strategies behind a successful application is a valuable capability to develop as it will support you well into your career. Whether you have never written a professional application or you are looking to make final adjustments to your tailored application, we can support you on your journey.

 Tailor your application


 Make note of keywords


 Address selection criteria

Resume guide (PDF, 163 KB)

  • Learn the fundamentals of writing an effective resume

Cover Letter (PDF, 105.3 KB)

  • The basics of writing a targeted cover letter

Selection Criteria (PDF, 326.9 KB)

  • Build a professional response to selection criteria

Identify professional phrases (PDF, 58.9 KB)

  • Articulate your experiences and values

Master the elevator pitch (PDF, 53.7 KB)

  • Generate instant interest in your profile

Words to use in your applications (PDF, 88 KB)

  • Diversify your language

Resume review checklist (PDF, 54 KB)

  • Make sure you have included these items

Referees (PDF, 58.4 KB)

  • Identify and contact suitable referees

Your professional identity (PDF, 40.9 KB)

  • Building your professional brand

Attend a workshop

View career development workshops to register for our interactive Written Application sessions

Upcoming Career Development Workshops and Events

  • Career Advancement Masterclass: Articulating your experiences

    Starts: 6 Oct 2021, 2:00 pm
    Finishes: 6 Oct 2021, 4:00 pm
    Venue: Dual Delivery: On Campus and Online
    Remaining places: 31
    Have you recently completed an experience and would like to learn more about how you can use and communicate your capabilities in the workplace? This workshop will enable you to effectively articulate your experiences to prospective employers utilising the STAR approach.
  • Steps for Success: Decoding and Preparing for Job Applications

    Starts: 8 Oct 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 8 Oct 2021, 1:00 pm
    Remaining places: 93
    This workshop will provide you with a broad understanding of common elements of the Australian job application and recruitment process, ranging from resumes, cover letters, interviews and online psychometric testing.
  • Preparing for your next work experience: Upskilling on the job

    Starts: 18 Nov 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 18 Nov 2021, 1:00 pm
    Remaining places: 86
    This workshop will empower you to effectively transition to a workplace and is relevant to all year levels.
Looking to explore your opportunities post graduation? The University of Queensland is participating in a number of online Virtual Careers Fairs in 2021 to help give your career a kickstart!