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Applying for a job

How to apply

All available positions are advertised on our Current Vacancies page.

The job advertisement will provide you with information on the requirements of applying for the role. Please fill out an application using our online recruitment system. You will be required to upload your resume, and a cover letter outlining your relevant skills and experience. You do not need to respond to the individual Key Selection Criteria outside of our standard application questions. Please also upload any other relevant documents such as your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.

Cover letter

Your cover letter should summarise your key skills and experience in no more than one page and provide a valuable snapshot of what you have to offer.

Your letter should be structured in a logical way.

  1. Date
  2. Contact details
    Include your name, and contact number and e-mail address as a minimum
  3. Job details
    Include the employer's name, job title and position number.
  4. Introduction
    Write about why you are interested in the role. In a sentence or two, explain why you are the best candidate for the job - you need to grab your audience at the beginning of your cover letter. Explaining why you are the best person for the advertising job.
  5. Body
    Demonstrate how you meet the experience and skill requirements of the position. Identify your strengths and accomplishments and highlight some key points from your resume and provide supporting evidence.
  6. Conclusion
    Thank the reader for their time and consideration and indicate your availability for an interview.
  7. Pay attention to writing style, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
    A clear writing style will ensure your letter is easily understood by the reader. It is important to be concise while still giving enough detail. To do this, cut out unnecessary words, avoid jargon and avoid overly complex sentences. Be positive in content, tone and word choice.


A resume or curriculum vitae provides a summary of your skills, employment history, experience, knowledge and abilities relevant to the position you are applying for.

In a resume it is important to demonstrate your achievements, what you have learned and the commitment level involved.

By describing your achievements, we will get a clearer picture of what you did to develop the skills and whether you have the qualities and experience we are looking for.

Your resume should include your:

  1. Name
  2. contact details - phone number(s), email as a minimum
  3. Employment history – start with your most recent job and work backwards, include all relevant work history, including volunteering and work experience
  4. Education and qualifications - a brief summary of your education and qualifications, including the name of the institution where you studied, the course title and the date completed. Also include any short training courses you have completed. Ensure you are able to produce documentary evidence of any formal qualifications required for the job.
  5. Demonstrated skills - this may include information about your ability to use relevant software programs - indicate if your skills are basic, intermediate or advanced.
  6. Special achievements - highlight any special achievements, such as community work, volunteering, prizes or awards
  7. Referees – contact details of at least two referees who can support your claims in relation to the position. Your referees could include a previous employer, manager or supervisor; a teacher or trainer; and a coordinator of voluntary work. Make sure your referees know they may be contacted and have details about the job you are applying for.


Use dot points to separate the individual skills you have gained through previous positions and past experience.

Use headings and sub-headings to clearly separate different areas such as employment history (including month and year of employment), skills, knowledge and abilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Merri-bek City Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are committed to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly regardless of their background or personal characteristics.

Visit Victorian Human Rights Commission for more information about discrimination and workplace rights.