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, 178.5 KB)

  • Learn the fundamentals of writing an effective resume

Cover Letter (PDF, 92 KB)

  • The basics of writing a targeted cover letter

Selection Criteria (PDF, 1.2 MB)

  • Build a professional response to selection criteria

Identify professional phrases (PDF, 57.1 KB)

  • Articulate your experiences and values

Master the elevator pitch (PDF, 88.6 KB)

  • Generate instant interest in your profile

Action verbs (PDF, 51.5 KB)

  • Diversify your language

Resume review checklist (PDF, 54 KB)

  • Make sure you have included these items

Referees (PDF, 63.6 KB)

  • Identify and contact suitable referees

Resume & cover letter examples (PDF, 193.2 KB)

  • Stuck for ideas? Check out these examples

Attend a workshop

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

Upcoming Career Development Workshops and Events

  • EAIT Meet a Mentor Program

    Starts: 14 Jun 2021, 9:00 am
    Finishes: 21 Jul 2021, 11:00 pm
    If you're in your penultimate or final year of study, it's important to start building meaningful connections with industry and prepare to enter the workforce. Join the 2021 Meet a Mentor Program today.
  • Career Chats - Virtual

    Starts: 22 Jun 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 22 Jun 2021, 12:00 pm
    Remaining places: 0
    Are you developing your Career from scratch, changing Industries, or preparing to make that next leap? At Careers Chats get tips and strategies that suit your career journey.
  • KPMG & CA Virtual Event for Accounting Students

    Starts: 23 Jun 2021, 11:30 am
    Finishes: 23 Jun 2021, 12:30 pm
    Are you interested in a future Commerce & Accounting? Not sure where to start? Let's chat!
  • Career Chats - virtual

    Starts: 24 Jun 2021, 11:30 am
    Finishes: 24 Jun 2021, 12:30 pm
    Remaining places: 9
    Are you developing your Career from scratch, changing Industries, or preparing to make that next leap? At Careers Chats get tips and strategies that suit your career journey.
  • UQIES x UQBA Innovation Challenge

    Starts: 28 Jun 2021, 9:00 am
    Finishes: 1 Jul 2021, 5:00 pm
    Venue: St Lucia, Advanced Engineering Building (49), TBC
    ​The UQIES ‘Winter Hackathon’ is BACK, BIGGER and BETTER than ever! In partnership with UQBA and UQ Ventures.
    100+ students with the support of alumni and interested members of the entrepreneurial and business communities will spend 4 days formulating, refining, and pitching a new business idea.
  • Careers Chats - virtual

    Starts: 29 Jun 2021, 9:00 am
    Finishes: 29 Jun 2021, 10:00 am
    Remaining places: 12
    Are you developing your Career from scratch, changing Industries, or preparing to make that next leap? At Careers Chats get tips and strategies that suit your career journey.
  • Careers Chats - virtual

    Starts: 1 Jul 2021, 9:00 am
    Finishes: 1 Jul 2021, 10:00 am
    Remaining places: 12
    Are you developing your Career from scratch, changing Industries, or preparing to make that next leap? At Careers Chats get tips and strategies that suit your career journey.
  • ​UQ International Student Careers Boot Camp [on-campus event]

    Starts: 5 Jul 2021, 9:00 am
    Finishes: 6 Jul 2021, 5:00 pm
    Venue: St Lucia, ModWest (11A), 120/121
    Join us for an exclusive intensive program of interactive and hands-on workshops and industry panel events specially designed to increase your employability within Australia. Make connections with other students and practice the skills required to give you a competitive edge in the job market.
  • Careers Chats - virtual

    Starts: 7 Jul 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 7 Jul 2021, 11:00 am
    Remaining places: 12
    Are you developing your Career from scratch, changing Industries, or preparing to make that next leap? At Careers Chats get tips and strategies that suit your career journey.
  • The Big Law Tour

    Starts: 8 Jul 2021, 9:00 am
    Finishes: 8 Jul 2021, 3:00 pm
    Venue: Eagle Street, CBD.
    Remaining places: 10
    Ever wondered what it is really like inside some of Australia's largest law firms? Join us for a tour of Jones Day, Clayton Utz and Minter Ellison.
  • SSP Projects – How to apply to become a Student Partner – Information Session

    Starts: 12 Jul 2021, 12:00 pm
    Finishes: 12 Jul 2021, 1:00 pm
    Want to know more about Student-Staff Partnerships and how you can become a Student Partner? Drop-in for an Information Session on how students can apply for SSP projects, the process of partnership, and what is involved.
  • Careers Chats - virtual

    Starts: 13 Jul 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 13 Jul 2021, 12:00 pm
    Remaining places: 11
    Are you developing your Career from scratch, changing Industries, or preparing to make that next leap? At Careers Chats get tips and strategies that suit your career journey.
  • CV Day - Session 1

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 10:20 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 1
    Do you have a CV (Resume) and you're not sure where to start? Or do you want some feedback on how to refine your existing CV? Come to CV Day to receive advice from UQ Employability staff on how to create and refine an excellent CV.
  • FREE professional headshot for LinkedIn

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 10:15 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 0
    Developing your personal brand is crucial, especially when kick-starting your career. The importance of having a professional profile picture on platforms such as LinkedIn, can’t be understated. Get your FREE professional headshot!
  • FREE professional headshot for LinkedIn

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 10:15 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 10:30 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 3
    Developing your personal brand is crucial, especially when kick-starting your career. The importance of having a professional profile picture on platforms such as LinkedIn, can’t be understated. Get your FREE professional headshot!
  • CV Day - Session 2

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 10:20 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 10:40 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 5
    Do you have a CV (Resume) and you're not sure where to start? Or do you want some feedback on how to refine your existing CV? Come to CV Day to receive advice from UQ Employability staff on how to create and refine an excellent CV.
  • FREE professional headshot for LinkedIn

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 10:30 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 10:45 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 4
    Developing your personal brand is crucial, especially when kick-starting your career. The importance of having a professional profile picture on platforms such as LinkedIn, can’t be understated. Get your FREE professional headshot!
  • CV Day - Session 3

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 10:40 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 11:00 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 12
    Do you have a CV (Resume) and you're not sure where to start? Or do you want some feedback on how to refine your existing CV? Come to CV Day to receive advice from UQ Employability staff on how to create and refine an excellent CV.
  • FREE professional headshot for LinkedIn

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 10:45 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 11:00 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 7
    Developing your personal brand is crucial, especially when kick-starting your career. The importance of having a professional profile picture on platforms such as LinkedIn, can’t be understated. Get your FREE professional headshot!
  • FREE professional headshot for LinkedIn

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 11:15 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 6
    Developing your personal brand is crucial, especially when kick-starting your career. The importance of having a professional profile picture on platforms such as LinkedIn, can’t be understated. Get your FREE professional headshot!
  • CV Day - Session 4

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 11:20 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 9
    Do you have a CV (Resume) and you're not sure where to start? Or do you want some feedback on how to refine your existing CV? Come to CV Day to receive advice from UQ Employability staff on how to create and refine an excellent CV.
  • FREE professional headshot for LinkedIn

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 11:15 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 11:30 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 6
    Developing your personal brand is crucial, especially when kick-starting your career. The importance of having a professional profile picture on platforms such as LinkedIn, can’t be understated. Get your FREE professional headshot!
  • CV Day - Session 5

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 11:20 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 11:40 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 10
    Do you have a CV (Resume) and you're not sure where to start? Or do you want some feedback on how to refine your existing CV? Come to CV Day to receive advice from UQ Employability staff on how to create and refine an excellent CV.
  • FREE professional headshot for LinkedIn

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 11:30 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 11:45 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 1
    Developing your personal brand is crucial, especially when kick-starting your career. The importance of having a professional profile picture on platforms such as LinkedIn, can’t be understated. Get your FREE professional headshot!
  • CV Day - Session 6

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 11:40 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 12:00 pm
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 6
    Do you have a CV (Resume) and you're not sure where to start? Or do you want some feedback on how to refine your existing CV? Come to CV Day to receive advice from UQ Employability staff on how to create and refine an excellent CV.
  • FREE professional headshot for LinkedIn

    Starts: 14 Jul 2021, 11:45 am
    Finishes: 14 Jul 2021, 12:00 pm
    Venue: St Lucia, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 217
    Remaining places: 0
    Developing your personal brand is crucial, especially when kick-starting your career. The importance of having a professional profile picture on platforms such as LinkedIn, can’t be understated. Get your FREE professional headshot!
  • Career Chats - virtual

    Starts: 15 Jul 2021, 1:00 pm
    Finishes: 15 Jul 2021, 2:00 pm
    Remaining places: 12
    Are you developing your Career from scratch, changing Industries, or preparing to make that next leap? At Careers Chats get tips and strategies that suit your career journey.
  • Career Chats - virtual

    Starts: 20 Jul 2021, 2:00 pm
    Finishes: 20 Jul 2021, 2:30 pm
    Remaining places: 8
    Are you developing your Career from scratch, changing Industries, or preparing to make that next leap? At Careers Chats get tips and strategies that suit your career journey.
  • SSP Projects – How to apply to become a Student Partner – Information Session

    Starts: 20 Jul 2021, 2:00 pm
    Finishes: 20 Jul 2021, 3:00 pm
    Want to know more about Student-Staff Partnerships and how you can become a Student Partner? Drop-in for an Information Session on how students can apply for SSP projects, the process of partnership, and what is involved.
  • Career Chats - virtual

    Starts: 22 Jul 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 22 Jul 2021, 10:30 am
    Remaining places: 8
    Are you developing your Career from scratch, changing Industries, or preparing to make that next leap? At Careers Chats get tips and strategies that suit your career journey.
  • SSP Projects – How to apply to become a Student Partner – Information Session

    Starts: 26 Jul 2021, 1:00 pm
    Finishes: 26 Jul 2021, 2:00 pm
    Want to know more about Student-Staff Partnerships and how you can become a Student Partner? Drop-in for an Information Session on how students can apply for SSP projects, the process of partnership, and what is involved.
  • UQ BEL International Student Careers Induction [online]

    Starts: 27 Jul 2021, 1:00 pm
    Finishes: 27 Jul 2021, 6:00 pm
    Your career journey starts here! It is never too early to start thinking about your employability and where your career can take you!
  • Create Your Value Proposition: Student Volunteer Week

    Starts: 10 Aug 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 10 Aug 2021, 12:00 pm
    Venue: zoom - a link to the session will be sent prior to the event
    In aid of student volunteer week, we are running this session on how you can use your volunteer experience to develop you value proposition. This workshop will unpack how to create an appealing value proposition that will help you in your search for work.
  • From Volunteer to Career: Student Volunteer Week

    Starts: 12 Aug 2021, 1:00 pm
    Finishes: 12 Aug 2021, 2:00 pm
    Venue: Zoom - link will be sent to registered students the day of the event
    Remaining places: 96
    Learn how your volunteer experience can kick-start your career in this virtual one hour workshop.
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!