Originally Posted by Artkansas
Boy, it's so different in the U.S.. 2 Page resume max, 1 page cover letter.
For me, then there is also my portfolio website to show what I have done. I make a different landing page for each job application
A good application requires about 8 hours to do well even with a giant 14 page master resume to narrow things down from. That way I don't have to rewrite points and won't forget anything. Then sentences get modified and the modified text gets included back into the master resume.
I know ... in Canada, it's recommended that you don't go over 4 pages + cover letter + references.
Here, you've got that ... and then you have to address all the selection criteria.
So, just as an example ... here's a job on offer in Victoria (the State that contains Melbourne):
HR Systems Manager | Melbourne - CBD | Vacancies - Careers.vic.gov.au
This is the PD for that position
Scroll down to near the bottom of the PD, and you'll see Key Selection Criteria you need to address. Scroll down a little further and you'll see the Other Relevant Information section. Point 2 in that list provides you with a link to a page with advice on how to address the Key Selection Criteria.
Tips for Applying - Careers
Now, not all Key Selection Criteria are as challenging as these ones, some are fairly basic, but the more advanced the position, the more detailed the selection criteria. In this case, you're probably looking at 3 to 5 pages per criteria.
It can take days to put together a good application, but if you're applying for similar jobs it does get a bit easier because there is some repetition. And each application gives you the chance to refine things.
And the whole process can take a very long time. For the job I got, it was 3 months from when I sent in the application until everything was complete and I was officially offered the job.
You just can't give up ... you've got to keep at it. I went to a job hunting class about a year ago to learn how to apply for work Australian style, and one of the things the instructor said was to count on the job hunting process taking 6 months.