Applying for a position

Applying for a position

Get prepared

To apply for a job within City of Sydney, please prepare your application using the following guide and submit your application via our online system.

What to include

Your application should include the following 2 documents:

  • your resume
  • your responses to the selection criteria.

These documents will need to be saved as separate documents in either Word or PDF format.

Resume and referees

Your resume should include your employment history, experience and education.

As part of your application, we also need the name and contact details of 2 referees. The referees should be people who have supervised you or have a working knowledge of your previous roles.

The City will not contact these referees without getting your permission to do so.

Response to selection criteria

Each position at the City has a number of specific criteria that is necessary for employees to be able to perform the role. These criteria are contained in the essential criteria section of the position description.

Your application needs to include a response to each of the essential criteria, clearly demonstrating how your qualifications or experience help you to meet the requirements of the role.

Addressing the selection criteria is a crucial component of your job application, so it is vital you do not rely on your resume alone to demonstrate your skills and experience.

As a general guide, at least 2 to 3 paragraphs are sufficient, although you may choose to provide more.

Other documents may be included as part of your application and can include the following:

  • cover letter
  • copy of your qualifications
  • work samples – these may be included but due to size limitations it is best to bring these with you to the interview instead.

Submitting your application

Step 1: Sign up to our recruitment system

By signing up to our online recruitment system you will be able to submit your application electronically, and also receive job notifications via email when positions are advertised.

Step 2: Apply for the job

1. Click on the job you wish to apply for and enter your login and password.

Forgotten your password? Click the ‘Forgot Password’ link and an automatic email with instructions will be sent to you. This will allow you to change your password.

2. A copy of the advertisement and details of the position you are interested in will appear.

Note: a copy of the position description can be downloaded as a PDF along with the Application Guide at the bottom of the advertisement.

3. To begin submitting your application, click the ‘Apply Now’ link and follow the prompts to start completing your application.

Step 3: Attach documents

Documents can be attached as a Word or a PDF document. The best way to upload these to the system is to make sure you save them to your computer prior to applying. Please ensure that the document is closed when you try to attach it or our system will not recognise it.

If you have previously submitted an application for a position with us, your documents will still be available within your profile when you log in, and therefore may be uploaded from there by simply clicking the circle to the left and clicking ‘upload’.

If you wish to upload a new document as part of your application, please ensure that it is saved as a different file name from any previous document you uploaded as our system will not recognise it as a new file. For example, if you named your previous resume ‘resume’ and are uploading a newer version, you may want to name it ‘resume2’.

Step 4: Successfully submitting applications

If your application has been successfully uploaded to our online system you will receive an email notification confirming receipt of your application.

Trouble submitting your application? If no email is received after completing and submitting your application or you are experiencing other issues when applying, please contact the recruitment team on 02 9265 9333 or email recruitment@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au to confirm your application has been received.

Last updated: Friday, 30 November 2012