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

Give yourself the edge

Employability Week

15-19 March
 

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Upcoming Career Development Workshops and Events

  • Bloomberg Academy - Sydney 2021

    Starts: 13 Apr 2021, 9:00 am
    Finishes: 16 Apr 2021, 5:00 pm
    Venue: Bloomberg Sydney
    Bloomberg Academy in Sydney is an outstanding 3.5 day personal and professional development program for high potential female University students who are interested in a career in the financial markets.
  • Careers Chats - virtual

    Starts: 15 Apr 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 15 Apr 2021, 11:00 am
    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.
  • Create Your Value Proposition

    Starts: 15 Apr 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 15 Apr 2021, 11:00 am
    A value proposition is a summary of why an employer should hire you and what makes you a unique candidate for that position. This workshop will unpack how to create an appealing value proposition that will help you in your search for work.
  • SSP Feedback Series: Getting started with collecting feedback

    Starts: 15 Apr 2021, 3:00 pm
    Finishes: 15 Apr 2021, 4:00 pm
    This session will focus on finding the best strategy for collecting feedback, help you determine if you need ethics, and will provide some top tips to get you started on designing your action plan to collect feedback.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS): Your Philosophy Careers

    Starts: 15 Apr 2021, 5:00 pm
    Finishes: 15 Apr 2021, 6:00 pm
    Remaining places: 424
    You will have the opportunity to ask questions to leading industry professionals working in traditional and non-traditional roles and hear first hand some of the experiences and advice our panel has to offer.
  • SSP Projects – How to submit an SSP Project idea – Information Session

    Starts: 16 Apr 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 16 Apr 2021, 11:00 am
    Want to know more about Student-Staff Partnership Projects and how you can submit a project idea? Drop-in for this information session to learn how students and staff can submit a proposal for an SSP project.
  • Faculty of Science - Interviews for WIL Placements

    Starts: 16 Apr 2021, 2:00 pm
    Finishes: 16 Apr 2021, 4:00 pm
    Interview workshop for Science Faculty students undertaking industry placement in winter break and Semester 2, 2021.
  • #WorldInnovationDay Hack 2021

    Starts: 16 Apr 2021, 9:30 pm
    Finishes: 19 Apr 2021, 9:30 pm
    Join thousands of hackers competing to showcase their skills, win prizes & certificates in the #WorldInnovationDay Hack 2021.The hackathon will be held globally in celebration of the UN World Innovation and Creativity Day, 2021. The venue with mentors are available at UQ Campus GCI Ventures Spaces.
  • Student-Staff Partnerships Community of Practice (2) - Online

    Starts: 19 Apr 2021, 10:30 am
    Finishes: 19 Apr 2021, 12:00 pm
    You are invited to our second Student-Staff Partnerships Community of Practice meeting in 2021! The topic for this session is "Navigating partnership and representation in an online world".
  • Careers Chats

    Starts: 21 Apr 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 21 Apr 2021, 12:00 pm
    Venue: St Lucia, Duhig Lawns
    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.
  • Herston Hangouts - Pop in for Career Advice and Coffee

    Starts: 21 Apr 2021, 11:30 am
    Finishes: 21 Apr 2021, 1:00 pm
    Venue: Herston, Oral Health Centre (883), Ground level of the Oral Health Centre
    Remaining places: 249
    FREE coffee and career advice at Herston!
  • Careers Chats - virtual

    Starts: 22 Apr 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 22 Apr 2021, 11:00 am
    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 Ventures Activate Information Session

    Starts: 22 Apr 2021, 12:00 pm
    Finishes: 22 Apr 2021, 1:00 pm
    Venue: St Lucia, Global Change Institute Building (20), Ventures GCI Space
    Ventures Activate is a three-week internship program in entrepreneurship where you will work as a team to deliver a business project for an Australian Startup, Business or Non-profit organisation. The internship will occur over the 2021 winter semester break.
  • SSP Feedback Series: Creating surveys, focus groups & other feedback tools

    Starts: 22 Apr 2021, 2:00 pm
    Finishes: 22 Apr 2021, 4:00 pm
    This session will focus on equipping you with strategies to create surveys, write focus group structures and explore other feedback tools. Depending on your needs, you can choose to come to this whole session or part of the session.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS): Your Language Careers

    Starts: 22 Apr 2021, 5:00 pm
    Finishes: 22 Apr 2021, 6:00 pm
    Remaining places: 160
    You will have the opportunity to ask questions to leading industry professionals working in traditional and non-traditional roles and hear first hand some of the experiences and advice our panel has to offer.
  • Virtual BEL Peers & Careers - Job Applications

    Starts: 27 Apr 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 27 Apr 2021, 12:00 pm
    Hear from experienced BEL students about their experiences and suggestions regarding the job application process: resumes, cover letters, assessment centres, interviews and more!
  • Careers Chats

    Starts: 28 Apr 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 28 Apr 2021, 11:00 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Duhig Lawns
    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: 29 Apr 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 29 Apr 2021, 11:00 am
    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 submit an SSP Project idea – Information Session

    Starts: 29 Apr 2021, 12:00 pm
    Finishes: 29 Apr 2021, 1:00 pm
    Want to know more about Student-Staff Partnership Projects and how you can submit a project idea? Drop-in for this information session to learn how students and staff can submit a proposal for an SSP project.
  • SSP Feedback Series: Analysing your data

    Starts: 30 Apr 2021, 9:00 am
    Finishes: 30 Apr 2021, 11:00 am
    This session will focus on learning strategies and platforms for analysing your quantitative and qualitative data. Depending on your needs, you can choose to come to this whole session or part of the session.
  • Careers Chats

    Starts: 5 May 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 5 May 2021, 12:00 pm
    Venue: St Lucia, Duhig Lawns
    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 Feedback Series: Reporting and presenting your results in an interesting way

    Starts: 5 May 2021, 1:00 pm
    Finishes: 5 May 2021, 2:30 pm
    This session will focus on learning how to report and present your results in a way that captures attention and meets the needs of your audience.
  • Careers Chats - virtual

    Starts: 6 May 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 6 May 2021, 11:00 am
    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 Planning - Shape Your Career and Plan Your Direction

    Starts: 6 May 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 6 May 2021, 11:00 am
    Venue: Registered students will be sent a Zoom link on the day of the event
    Are you unsure about your career? Come along to this workshop to explore the aspects that determine your career and start to plan your future!
  • Securing Scholarships: The impact of personal narrative.

    Starts: 11 May 2021, 2:00 pm
    Finishes: 11 May 2021, 3:00 pm
    Learn how to tell your story by taking your past achievements and connecting it with how you want to develop in the future.
  • Interviewing for Scholarships

    Starts: 12 May 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 12 May 2021, 11:00 am
    Interview is your opportunity to put your personal touch on why you are the best candidate!
  • Careers Chats

    Starts: 12 May 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 12 May 2021, 12:00 pm
    Venue: St Lucia, Duhig Lawns
    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: 13 May 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 13 May 2021, 11:00 am
    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.
  • Unpacking your SSP Project: Articulating your experiences for your future career

    Starts: 13 May 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 13 May 2021, 12:00 pm
    Join this workshop to learn how to translate your student partner experience so that future employers will notice!
  • Career Planning for international students

    Starts: 13 May 2021, 1:00 pm
    Finishes: 13 May 2021, 2:30 pm
    Venue: Registered students will be sent a Zoom link on the day of the event
    Come along to this workshop to explore aspects that determine your career!
  • Reflecting on your scholarship experience

    Starts: 14 May 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 14 May 2021, 11:00 am
    Take a moment to reflect on the reputation and distinction of your scholarship and how to leverage this in your future career.
  • SSP Projects – How to submit an SSP Project idea – Information Session

    Starts: 18 May 2021, 12:00 pm
    Finishes: 18 May 2021, 1:00 pm
    Want to know more about Student-Staff Partnership Projects and how you can submit a project idea? Drop-in for this information session to learn how students and staff can submit a proposal for an SSP project.
  • Virtual BEL Peers & Careers - Volunteering

    Starts: 18 May 2021, 3:00 pm
    Finishes: 18 May 2021, 4:00 pm
    Hear from experienced BEL students about how they took their first steps in volunteering, the skills they developed and how volunteering has impacted their career.
  • Careers Chats

    Starts: 19 May 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 19 May 2021, 12:00 pm
    Venue: St Lucia, Duhig Lawns
    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.
  • Herston Hangouts - Pop in for Career Advice and Coffee

    Starts: 19 May 2021, 11:30 am
    Finishes: 19 May 2021, 1:00 pm
    Venue: Herston, Oral Health Centre (883), Ground level of the Oral Health Centre
    Remaining places: 250
    FREE coffee and career advice at Herston!
  • Careers Chats - virtual

    Starts: 20 May 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 20 May 2021, 11:00 am
    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

    Starts: 26 May 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 26 May 2021, 11:00 am
    Venue: St Lucia, Duhig Lawns
    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 submit an SSP Project idea – Information Session

    Starts: 26 May 2021, 1:00 pm
    Finishes: 26 May 2021, 2:00 pm
    Want to know more about Student-Staff Partnership Projects and how you can submit a project idea? Drop-in for this information session to learn how students and staff can submit a proposal for an SSP project.
  • Careers Chats - virtual

    Starts: 27 May 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 27 May 2021, 11:00 am
    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 Planning - Shape Your Career and Plan Your Direction

    Starts: 27 May 2021, 1:00 pm
    Finishes: 27 May 2021, 2:30 pm
    Venue: Registered students will be sent a Zoom link on the day of the event
    Are you unsure about your career? Come along to this workshop to explore the aspects that determine your career and start to plan your future!
  • SSP Projects – How to apply to become a Student Partner – Information Session

    Starts: 1 Jun 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 1 Jun 2021, 12:00 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.
  • SSP Projects – How to submit an SSP Project idea – Information Session

    Starts: 3 Jun 2021, 10:00 am
    Finishes: 3 Jun 2021, 11:00 am
    Want to know more about Student-Staff Partnership Projects and how you can submit a project idea? Drop-in for this information session to learn how students and staff can submit a proposal for an SSP project.
  • SSP Projects – How to apply to become a Student Partner – Information Session

    Starts: 9 Jun 2021, 2:00 pm
    Finishes: 9 Jun 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.
  • SSP Projects – How to submit an SSP Project idea – Information Session

    Starts: 11 Jun 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 11 Jun 2021, 12:00 pm
    Want to know more about Student-Staff Partnership Projects and how you can submit a project idea? Drop-in for this information session to learn how students and staff can submit a proposal for an SSP project.
  • SSP Projects – How to apply to become a Student Partner – Information Session

    Starts: 14 Jun 2021, 12:00 pm
    Finishes: 14 Jun 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.
  • SSP Projects – How to apply to become a Student Partner – Information Session

    Starts: 7 Jul 2021, 11:00 am
    Finishes: 7 Jul 2021, 12:00 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.
  • 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.
  • SSP Projects – How to apply to become a Student Partner – Information Session

    Starts: 26 Jul 2021, 12:00 pm
    Finishes: 26 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.
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!