Careers with us
NSW Trade & Investment is a new department and an exciting place to work.
All our vacancies can be viewed on the NSW Government’s Jobs NSW website.
We fill our positions by competitive merit selection; this means we can only accept applications that relate to specific advertised positions.
Applying for a position
All our jobs are advertised on www.jobs.nsw.gov.au.
It is important that you contact the person named in the advertisement, if you have not already done so, to get further information to assist you in deciding whether you want to apply for the position, and to help you in preparing your application.
Preparing your application
The selection panel decides who to interview based on the written application, so prepare it carefully. Your application should include:
- a covering letter (optional);
- your claim for the position, summarising your experience, knowledge and skills relevant to the selection criteria specified in the advertisement; and
- your résumé/curriculum vitae, including details of education, employment, training and referees.
Resources to support the preparation of job applications can also be found on the Jobs NSW website.
Addressing the selection criteria
Your 'Claim for the position' is the most important component of the application. Make sure it is clear, concise and easy to read, and that you address individually, in sufficient detail, each selection criterion listed in the advertisement, bringing together all aspects, including your work history, experience and qualifications, to show how you meet these criteria.
You can apply for positions online via the jobs.nsw website — just follow the instructions provided.
What happens to your application
After the closing date, all applications are forwarded to the convenor who forms a selection panel. This panel looks at each application and assesses how the applicants meet the selection criteria of the position. From this assessment, the decision is made about who will be interviewed.
You will be asked questions that relate to the selection criteria for the position, so make sure you are familiar with the requirements of the job. Think about possible questions and how you would answer them. Be prepared to give examples of your work experience, skills and knowledge and to talk about why you are interested in the job.
As part of your interview preparation, you might want to familiarise yourself with the work of NSW Trade & Investment in general and the work of the division or authority that has the vacancy. Having a look at relevant websites is a good starting point.
The panel will base its final decision on material presented by the applicants and on information provided by their referees. So even if a member of the selection panel knows you and your work, that panel member cannot introduce this information. It is your responsibility to convince the panel that you are the best candidate for the job.
After the interview
When the selection panel has made its decision, it will make a recommendation about who should be offered the position. When the most suitable candidate has accepted the offer of employment, all other applicants will be notified.
If you accept a position with NSW Trade & Investment, you must agree to support core NSW Public Sector principles of cultural diversity, equity and ethical practice, and a healthy, safe and fair workplace. See the NSW Government's Public Service Commission website for information on these principles.
If you are unsuccessful, you are entitled to post-interview feedback from the convenor of the selection panel as to why your application was unsuccessful. This may help you in future job applications.