Assignment 2: Mock Job Application Value: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Due date: 13-Sep-2017 Return date: 06-Oct-2017 Length: Variable Submission method options Alternative submission method Task The following task enables you the opportunity to simulate the job application process. You should submit (via Turnitin) a mock job application that includes the elements discussed below. Firstly you need to select an accounting related ‘job’ you would like to apply for that has been advertised within the last six months. This should match your current career phase and the conclusions you reached in Assignment 1 and/or are working towards in your placement. (Please note for this assignment you can assume you have completed your degree). You need to find a job that is reasonably current and for which there is sufficient information, including job specifications or stated selection criteria, to enable you to discuss your suitability for the position (to simulate a real job application scenario). There is no requirement that you consider or provide a job that you actually wish or intend to apply for. Your submission should include: A copy of the job you are applying for as part of your submission. (This cannot be a link to the advertisement) Cover letter: A covering letter introducing yourself to the potential employer. Resume: Your resume tailored to the position (as you would submit it for this job). Job selection criteria: A statement showing how you meet the job selection criteria (essential and desired). Referees: A short statement explaining who your referees are and why you have chosen them for this position. While you would not usually do this for a job application it is required in this assignment as an assessment of your consideration of referee selection. Rationale This assessment task covers topics 2 and 5 and has been designed to give you the opportunity to simulate a real job application process and to enable you to prepare a resume and supporting material for a job application. More specifically it seeks to assess your ability to: identify relevant work opportunities and prepare effective job applications. Marking criteria In order to achieve a Satisfactory grade for this assessment task, all criteria must be rated as satisfactory. If you have made a genuine attempt at the assessment task, you will be allowed one (1) resubmission to address any unsatisfactory components of this task. Resubmissions must be completed within one (1) week of notification. CRITERION SATISFACTORY UNSATISFACTORY COVER LETTER Ability to express an overview and engender interest in your cover letter. (Learning Outcome 1) The letter was of a high quality that identified the applicant's unique qualities, skills and knowledge. Would have a good chance of securing the applicant an interview. The letter is tailored to the specific job applied for. The letter 'sold' the applicant effectively. The letter provided some (relevant and objective) information about why the applicant is suitable for the job. Provided clear links between the job and the applicant's is suitability for the role. Contains all the necessary information. Letter is not tailored to the specific job applied for. Does not contain all the necessary information. RESUME Ability to tailor your resume to the position. (Learning Outcome 1) Effective / appropriate headings used. The resume sells the applicant well. Skills/experience etc. clearly linked to the job requirements. Evidence of ability to reflect upon job requirements and own skills. Structure and presentation looks professional (concise and well customised to the job). Applicant's details are easy to find. The structure is logical and easy to follow. Resume tailored to the specific job to some degree. Has a chance to secure the applicant an interview. Minimal / no headings used. Resume was not tailored to the specific job. Is not structured logically. Resume length not appropriate. JOB SELECTION CRITERIA Ability to provide evidence that supports your claims about your experience, abilities etc in addressing particular job selection criteria or specifications. (Learning Outcome 1) Appropriate headings used that align with the selection criteria. Structure and presentation appears professional. The information provided (under each criterion) provides evidence that the applicant meets the criteria. Evidence of ability to reflect upon job requirements and own skills. Elements of the Situation, Task, Action, Result (S.T.A.R.) technique were illustrated. Minimal / no headings used. Statements were not tailored to the specific job. Structure was not logical. Some criteria not addressed or addressed inadequately. Minimal / no elements of the Situation, Task, Action, Result (S.T.A.R.) technique were illustrated. REFEREES Ability to identify suitable referees. (Learning Outcome 1) Clearly identifies three suitable referees for the position you are applying for. Indicates how they enhance your application. Identifies referees but does not express the suitability of referees for the position you are applying for. Or, does not identify referees or their suitability for the position you are applying for. PRESENTATION Professionally presented ‘mock job’ application. (Learning Outcome 1) Professional presentation with all sections clearly identified and addressed. Is not professionally presented and not all sections are identified or addressed. Presentation Your assignment should consist of the following elements: Title page A copy the job you are applying for Cover letter Resume Job selection criteria Referees There is no Word document template for this task. Requirements A copy of the job you are applying for MUST be submitted as part of your assignment. (This cannot be a link to the advertisement). If you do not include a copy of the job advertisement your assessment will not be reviwed and you receive an Unsatisfactory for this task. All submissions must be in Word format. As a CSU student you are entitled to a free copy of Microsoft Office 2013 Suite. Details to find out further information can be found below under 'Online Submission'.