Careers at Mitcham

When employment opportunities are available at the City of Mitcham they will be listed below.

Please note the City of Mitcham does not automatically respond to your application. If you have not heard from us within 21 days of application close date, please note that this will mean your application has not progressed through to the next stage.

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Employment Opportunities

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The City of Mitcham is committed to excellent customer service, multi-disciplinary work teams, best practice management and is an equal opportunity employer.

To view the benefits available to employees of the City of Mitcham, please click here Employee Benefits Employee%20Benefits (27 kb).

To obtain a current status report on advertised vacancies at the City of Mitcham, please click here - Recruitment Status

These pages provide information about current employment opportunities at the City of Mitcham including:

  • a brief description of each vacancy; and
  • a full copy of the specification for each position in PDF format that can be viewed online, printed or saved to disk.

Recruitment Acknowledgement

Please note that the City of Mitcham does not automatically respond to your application.  If you have not heard from us within 21 days of application close date, please note that this will mean that your application has not progressed through to the next stage.

Applying for a Job - Application Guide

Information for Prospective Applicants

Thank you for your enquiry regarding a position with the City of Mitcham. The Council is an equal employment opportunity employer and recruits using a merit-based system. Definition of Merit

"Merit" in relation to selection processes for the filling of vacancies means:

  • the extent to which each of the applicants has abilities, aptitude, skills, qualifications, knowledge, experience (including life experience), characteristics and personal qualities relevant to the carrying out of the duties in question, and
  • where relevant:
  1. The manner in which each of the applicants carried out the duties or functions of any position, employment or occupation previously held or engaged in by the applicant; and
  2. The extent to which each of the applicants has potential for development.

The Selection Process

The Advertisement

Every permanent position in Council is advertised in some form or other either internally or externally. From that simple disclosure, you should first obtain the Job Description. Should you believe you meet the Person Specification, you should contact the nominated person and ask any questions that might assist you in your application.

Your Application

Your application is arguably the most important suite of documents involved in the selection process. Accordingly, you need to spend time preparing each of the documents. As there is no right or wrong way to format your application, what is suggested here is meant to be but a guide.

Your application should contain the following:

A covering letter (one page is adequate)

Your letter needs to be so constructed as would entice the selection panel to want to read the remainder of the application, it is your opportunity to sell yourself.

Selection Criteria

This is the heart of your application. A selection panel is going to use this document as the means of short listing applicants.

For each position, there are essential and desirable criteria and these will be stated in the advertisement and in the position description. To be eligible for consideration as a candidate, you must meet all essential criteria. Should you fail to address and meet the essential criteria, your application is unlikely to be considered further.

If you do meet the essential criteria, the next level of consideration is the desired criteria. You should meet most of the desired criteria; it can only enhance your chances for further consideration.

Resume (or Curriculum Vitae)

This document needs to show:

  • Who you are.
  • How you may be contacted.
  • Your academic qualifications.
  • Employment history.
  • Your specific job skills.
  • Employment history.
  • Your dominant interests.
  • The names and telephone numbers of two professional referees.
  • Photocopies (only) of relevant qualifications (including academic transcripts), skills, certificates, licences and other supporting documents. These documents should verify your claims and act as a means of demonstrating your special skills in relation to the position. Do not send originals.

As the selection criteria are so important, the best way to present this statement is to address each criterion by stating the criterion and then offering a clear and concise explanation as to how you meet the criterion.

Sending Your Application

Your application must be addressed as follows:

Confidential
"The Position Applied for" Ref No.
Contact Person stated in the advertisement
City of Mitcham
PO Box 21, Mitcham Shopping Centre
TORRENS PARK SA 5062

You must send your application in plenty of time to reach us by the due date. Late applications will not be accepted if no attempt is made before the due date to obtain an extension of time. A reason will need to be given why an extension is requested.

Acknowledgement

Please note that the City of Mitcham does not automatically respond to your application. If you have not heard from us within 21 days of application close date, please note that this will mean that your application has not progressed through to the next stage.

The Interview Selection Process

After the closing date, all applications will be collated, recorded and sent to the selection panel for short listing. The selection panel will normally consist of the position's immediate supervisor, a technical (or professional) specialist and a staff representative, usually from the work group. Their job is to recommend who shall be interviewed, what the selection process will involve and then who shall be offered the position.

As soon as practicable after the closing date, all short listed candidates will be invited to attend an interview, at which time Council will advise where and when the interview will be conducted. If applicable, you will be informed of any psychological assessments, skills/aptitude tests required to be undertaken. In order that Council can make appropriate arrangements, you need to advise any need for wheelchair access, an interpreter or any other special needs. Those who are not short listed will be advised of the outcome after an offer has been made and accepted.

Reference checks of candidates will be conducted to verify selected statements made in the application and validate performance, attendance etc.

The interview will be structured such that all candidates are asked the same questions. At the end of the interview, you will be given a chance to add other information not previously covered in the interview and ask questions of your own. Remember, you want to convince the panel you are the best person for the position.

The Final Selection and Post Interview Feedback

On completion of the interview process, the selection panel will rank you against other candidates and then make a recommendation about who should be offered the position. That person will be verbally offered the appointment. If you accept, a letter will be sent to you offering you the position and asking for some personal/tax/bank information. If you are not selected for the position, you will receive a letter informing you of the outcome. You can speak to a selection panel member, who will be able to advise you of the selection criteria and give you constructive feedback on how you went in your application and interview. They will not give information regarding the successful applicant.

Thank you and good luck.

Further employment opportunities can be found at the following website:

Skills Portal

Exploring the world of work in Southern Adelaide. The Southern Adelaide Skills Portal provides the latest in training, up-skilling and all the information you need to boost your career.

http://www.southernadelaide.com.au/skills_portal.aspx

Australian Job Search

This site features vacancies listed by Job Network Services around the country, some national newspapers, Commonwealth Public Service Gazette, individual employers and recruiters. Also includes 'improving your resume?'.

http://www.jobsearch.gov.au/

The Jobguide

This site features descriptions and education requirements for 600 occupations, helpful hints for the job search and writing application letters and an overview of other government assistance to help people into work or training or education.

http://www.detya.gov.au/jobguideonline

Fairfax Communications Employment

This site includes employment listings from the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Financial Review as well as South Australian Listings.

http://www.mycareer.com.au

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City of Mitcham -ABN 92 180 069 793
131 Belair Road, Torrens Park SA 5062
T: +61 8 8372 8888 | F: +61 8 83728101
E: mitcham@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au
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