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    1. The Best 5 Tips for a Quality Tender Application

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      The tender writing process can be complex and take up a lot of your resources, time and energy.  And it can be frustrating when you do all that work and then are not successful.

      At first glance the following five points may look obvious, but if you understand and address these points you will be elevating yourself above most of your competition and giving yourself the best possible chance of being awarded the tender.

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    2. How Resume Writing Has Changed

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      The best approach to resume writing in 2020 is certainly not the best approach to job application writing from 20 years ago. Resume writing has changed! Perhaps you are one of the lucky people who has been in the same job for a long time but, for some reason, the time has come to move on. The old way of writing a resume simply won’t cut it anymore. Here are our tips for modernizing your resume to make it stand out today: Continue reading

    3. Grant writing- 9 tips to successful application

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      Grants generate a tremendous opportunity by providing funding for companies and organisations to assist and support them in changing the world for the better, however grant writing is not easy and a great grant writer just doesn’t grow on a tree. Unfortunately, grants can be a challenge to win, and can involve a great deal of work. Funding body grant managers receive countless applications for each grant, so the way a grant is presented can make or break an application. The following 9 tips will assist a grant writer to submit the best possible application for their company or organisation. Continue reading

    4. How to Lodge a Successful Tender

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      Submitting a tender, or a competitive bid for your company or organisation to supply goods and/or services, can initially seem like a long and confusing process. There could be multiple companies all competing for the same job. There are steps to make the road easier to navigate, that every tender writer needs to know before they start writing a tender application. To help increase the chances of the tender application success the steps are: Continue reading

    5. Tender Writing – Is Price the sole consideration in the Tender Writing process?

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      It doesn’t seem to matter if the tender is a Government, Council or commercial tender everyone seems to have the misconception that tender writing is all about price price price. Tender writing is a complex process with many considerations and variabilities but price is just one important focus for the skilled tender writer. Today we will discuss the other important considerations in the tender writing process and challenge the concept that it is all about price price price. Continue reading

    6. Grant Writing – A Reality Check

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      Many non profit organisations, businesses and individuals somehow think grant writing is an easy process and you just fill out a form and then hey presto funding is given out to basically anyone who applies. The skilled grant writer including our granter writer Melbourne, grant writer Sydney and grant writer Brisbane all understand that this is far far from reality. In this article we will give you some tips on how to be a successful grant writer and to give you that reality check to give your funding submissions a better chance of success. Continue reading

    7. Successes GCBF Feb 2012 round

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      Grow National Office – Upgrade facilities and train staff – $25,569.89

      Grow Qld Residential Facility – Upgrade facility -$14,295.45

      Hervey Bay Historical Society Museum – Solar Panels – $4,128.00

      Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Association – Purchase Inflatable Safety Boat – $29,450.00

      Sunshine Coast and South Burnett District Golf Association – Conduct Coaching Programs and Competitions for Juniors – $10,181.82

      Tamborine Mountain Golf Club – Purchase Tractor and Top Dresser – $30,204.54

    8. Tender writing tips

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      Successful tender writing requires a strategic approach from the tender writer to achieve success. There are many aspects to consider in applying for tenders and even before you do apply. It is vital before a company or non profit entity charges in and lodges a response to a request for tenderers that they carefully analyse the requirements of the tender plus their ability to prepare a robust response AND most importantly their ability/capacity to deliver if they in fact their response is successful. Preparing a tender can be very costly in staff time, hiring a specialist tender writer like Red Tape Busters or in costs incurred in having the response prepared, printed and collated etc.

      Before deciding to prepare a response you should consider when it closes. Do you have the time, resources, skills required to prepare a comprehensive response? You should also obviously consider the Selection Criteria and if you can prepare detailed responses to these and include past examples of your experience or capacity to handle this type of contract previously. This is really important – where possible you need to refer to existing or past contracts which are similar to the scope of this tender in order to provide proof that you can deliver on contracts of the specifications and extent of the tender you are thinking of applying for. So it is essential that you spend preparation time in putting together initial thoughts on how you will respond to the Criteria and what examples you can bring to the “argument”.

      You also need to consider your pricing – can you make a profit and win the tender or do you want to take a “loss” on price to essentially to get a foot in the door and win the contract with a view to proving your value and experience to set you up for other opportunities? Remember if your pricing structure is not highly competitive, you simply won’t be much chance of winning the tender.

      The key issues to be considered in determining if you should apply for a tender is your ability to deliver and does it fit within your organisations strategic goals and drivers. This requires you to critically analyse the business to identify if you have the staff, resources and capacity to deliver an outstanding result if you were awarded the tender. The reputation of your organisation will be badly damaged if you win a tender and can’t complete same or fail to deliver. Further this could open you up to litigation as well – obviously to be avoided at all costs. As identified it is vital that pursuing a tender opportunity or indeed opportunities is considered in light of your overall Business Plan and strategic imperatives. Does it fit with your overall business objectives and support the outcomes you have identified for your long term growth?

      Only once you have undertaken these pre-tender considerations can you make an appropriate decision to pursue tender opportunities.

      Should you need assistance with tenders or grants contact Red Tape Busters via our website – www.redtapebusters.com or telephone 07 38822055.

       

    9. Job Application Writer – Fonts/Formatting

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      It us funny sometimes but as highly skilled job application writers sometimes we stumble on clients who simply have no idea when it comes to job application writing, preparing quality Resumes or even in preparing for interviews.

      Many clients believe that their Resume should be fancy or pretty, have flowers and bows on it and basically jump out at the reader. Maybe if you were applying for an artistic related job or a job in graphic design then there is good reason to have a very fancy and arty Resume. However when I was working in the public service I was chairperson of hundreds of interview panels and my first impressions of the applicant’s Resume or their covering letter really laid the foundation for whether I would bother to read the whole application. A fancy Resume generally suggested to me that the person was all fluff and bubble and short on substance and that the fancy artwork on the document was a subconscious attempt to cover up their shortcomings in their application. Obviously this not a hard and fast finding based on research but it generally proved relevant in my public sector days at least.

      So in preparing Resumes and job applications/cover letters I rarely venture outside a very standard and professional format and font style. I have a preference for Times New Roman 12 point as the font style and this is purely because it looks professional plus I was told many years ago in a training course that font with “little feet” under the letters like Times New Roman are better remembered than other font styles and therefore this is the font I basically use unless a Government job specifically asks for a specific font and type size such as Arial 11 point. Plus in my public sector days Times New Roman 12 point was the standard font and size used in the public service at the time. So I always use to think – you do what the Romans do – if they write in Times New Roman 12 point then if you are corresponding with a Government Department then you correspond with them on their terms. So if an applicant knows that a specific Department has a preference for a font style and type size then that is what you should use in your application unless the job guidelines/requirements specify a different font/size.

      Also sometimes in applying a Department might specify that they require applications to be fully justified or left hand justified. Again it is essential that you comply with the application requirements. If no formatting is specified, I normally fully justify my documents. Again this is a personal preference and I just believe the documents look much more professional being fully justified.

      Obviously headings should stand out and here is where you can maybe add some creativity with a different font and larger type size and certainly you should use bolding, underlining or Italics in order to draw attention to your headings. So think carefully when preparing documents in applying for jobs. Get the little things right and this will go a long way to winning that job.

      If anyone needs a specialist job application writer or needs to hire a business highly experienced in job application writing across virtually all industries then please contact us at Red Tape Busters – www.redtapebusters.com or on 07 38822055.

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