Assignment 3: Job Application and SFIA Self-Assessment
By now you should have refreshed your LinkedIn profile; undertaken your second skills/competencies evaluation using the mySFIA assessment tool and made some conclusions about how things have changed since your first evaluation back in Module 1. This last assignment brings these various elements together and draws on your learning and internship experiences challenging you to use these tools to deliver your best pitch for the job you really want right now. Assignment 3 is broken into two parts. You will submit both parts of the assignment to this submission area, meaning you will upload two files for Assignment 3.
Part 1 - Job Vacancy Assessment Task
Assignment 3, Part 1 is driven by a MS WORD template. This template is broken into three separate sections (see link below). To get started:
1. Read Topic 9 (9.1-9.7) (please see attached pdf in the email) before attempting this assignment
2. Download the “Assignment 3 – LinkedIn, Job Advertisement and Analysis Template”
3. Refer to the information below and Assignment 3 Instructions and Student FAQs for more details.
4. Once you have completed the template, you should save the template as a separate file “Student_Name_Assignment 3”.
Section 1 - Update LinkedIn Summary
Update the ‘Summary’ section of your LinkedIn profile by listing your generic business skills and current professional skills, and the level of responsibility as defined by the SFIA framework. Your claims towards skills should be supported through the description of previous work, life experience or other references relevant to claims. ‘Copy’ and ‘Paste’ your updated LinkedIn Summary in the table provided.
Section 2 - Job Advertisement
Copy a job advertisement of your choosing directly into the template. The advertisement should be copied directly and entirely from an open source such as SEEK.COM, INDEED.COM, or JORA etc. and must be current (no more than three months old). The date, publication source, and website URL must be specified and clearly verifiable. Do not screen out or edit any of the details in the job advertisement.
Section 3 - Job Analysis
The next step is to match this job position analysis with your own SFIA self-assessment. Remember that where you believe you exceed the skill requirement level you should talk about how you can contribute added value. And where you don’t meet the skill level, how you would address the training or development requirement. You may use the four-letter codes from SFIA as shorthand in the table you submit. Your analysis of the job position advertised needs to include SFIA terminology, classifications, and descriptors as appropriate, as well as some analysis of the company offering the position vacancy.
This analysis will provide the basis of evidence for a real job application that you will prepare and submit in Part 2 of this assignment. Your research on the company and job role will be critical in setting the context of your application and the approach you take to the video script and presentation style of your video. Refer to Assignment 3 Instructions for more details.
Part 2 - Video Application
In Topic 10, you will have begun preparing an application for the ‘real’ job that you found in your ‘job search’ (Seek.com, INDEED.com, JORA, etc.). In Assessment 3: Part 2 you will make a short video (60 to 90 seconds) that presents your best case for your selected job position. You should use resources that are immediately available to you (mobile phone camera, camcorder, or laptop camera) to record and edit your video as you feel appropriate. You can add text, graphics and sound effects if you believe it is appropriate, but these additions are not required. This is an opportunity to present your personal style and cultural fit with the organisation, not a test of your video making skills.
You must customise this ‘Job Application’ (i.e. your video script and style of presentation) to reflect your skills and most importantly, what you believe are the requirements and skills relevant to the job advertisement in Part 1. That means you will have to write a script and then record a video that presents your case persuasively and your unique claims to the position advertised. Remember the video is only 60 to 90 seconds long. So, you need to be clear, succinct and appropriate in style and tone. That means you need to dress appropriately, speak in the appropriate register/tone, and record the video in an appropriate location. You will also need to customise your presentation to provide the best evidence of the claims you are about to make for your chosen ‘applied-for’ job position in your video. That means you can include text slides, photos, and subtext, if relevant. Remember, a ‘native’ video submission in LinkedIn or any other social media platform will appear as a visual of the first frame of your video. So, including a title text or introduction slide creates the best impression. Lastly, this is an opportunity to showcase your creativity and communication skills, but it does not require a ‘Hollywood’ production.
Upon concluding Topic 11,
1. Finalise your video and name the file: ‘Student_Name Assignment 3 – Part 2 Video’
2. Submit your video as an .AVI, .MP4, .WMV or .MOV file in the Assignments area
3. Refer to Assignment 3 Instructions and Student FAQs for more details.
You should not submit the final version before completion both Module 3 Discussion questions and the activities in Topic 11. In Topic 11, you will be given the opportunity to peer review at least two job applications videos of your fellow students via the Discussion Forum (as part of Discussion Question 2).
Submitting Your Assignment
1. Click on the “Submit Assignment” button + “Choose File.-
2. Upload your saved file:
Part 1 File Name = -Student_Name_Assignment 3”
Part 2 File Name = -Student_Name Assignment 3 – Part 2 Video-
3. Review the Similarity Pledge and check the box indicating that you understand and agree to the pledge.
4. Click the “Submit Assignment” button.
5. Repeat Steps 1-4 to submit Part 1 and 2