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How to apply for a job at Council

To be successfully considered for a position at Council, here is some important information that will assist you when applying for a position.   

The advertisement

The job advertisement will provide the details of the position. Please ensure you read the advertisement carefully and contact the nominated person if you have any questions relating to the position.


The position description and selection criteria

A position description for the vacancy can be found on the relevant advertisement page on Council’s website. The position description details the primary purpose of the position and its key accountabilities. Developed from the position requirements is selection criteria based on essential and desirable criteria. The selection criteria details the key qualifications, training, experience, skills, abilities and knowledge required to successfully undertake the position.

Merit Based Selection principles mean council can only progress the applicants who meet all essential criteria to the required level. This means that although you provide an appropriate response to majority of the criteria, if you do not meet one of the essential criteria to the required level, council will be unable to progress your application. Where a recruitment is highly competitive, Council may also require an applicant to meet all highly desirable criteria to the expected level.


How to Apply

Cessnock City Council receives applications by the online recruitment system.

To apply for a position, click on the job you wish to apply for, this will take you to a new window which outlines the job and will also have a link to the position description.  It will also have the online application form where you will be required to enter your personal details and have the opportunity to provide a response to each of the selection criteria.

It is essential to respond to each criterion, writing at least one to two paragraphs explaining how you have demonstrated the particular skill or quality. Your response should describe your qualifications, skills, experience and abilities to meet the requirements of the specific role.

Be clear and to the point and edit your responses for grammar, spelling and punctuation. It is important to provide evidence to back up your claims. Where possible use actual examples of what you have done, how well you did it, what you achieved, and how it relates to the requirements of the job. The STAR model can help you form your answer.

What is the STAR model?

The STAR model is one way of presenting information against selection criteria. For each criterion think about the following and use these points to form sentences:

  • Situation - Set the context by describing the circumstance where you used your skills or qualities and gained the experience
  • Task - What was your role and what did you need to do
  • Action – Outline what did you do and how did you it
  • Result – What was the outcome and what did you achieve 

You will also be required upload your resume and a cover letter before submitting your application. 


What if I don’t have access to a computer?

Computers are available at both Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries for free public use. All computers provide access to standard Microsoft Office applications and the internet. Computers can be booked for a one hour session per day. Library members should have their library card for PC access and printing. You may use your own USB memory sticks. However, you do so at your own risk. We cannot guarantee security from viruses or accidental damage.

Cessnock City Council has two library locations:

  • Cessnock Library - 65-67 Vincent Street, CESSNOCK  Phone: 02 49934399
  • Kurri Library – Corner of Lang & Allworth Streets, KURRI KURRI Phone: 02 49371638   

Further Information

For further assistance please contact Council’s Human Resource Section on (02) 4993 4308 or recruitment@cessnock.nsw.gov.au