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Assessment 1: Employment Application

1. Professional email
• Present your email in a Word document that contains the following parts:
     â—¦ Email address/to
     â—¦ Subject line: Your name, MNG03236 Application
     â—¦ Body
     â—¦ Signature.
• Each part of your email should be grammatically correct and have no spelling errors or inappropriate abbreviations. It should contain a brief message explaining the purpose of the email and list the attached documents (i.e. your cover letter and CV and a response to the selection criteria).
• Your ‘signature’ field must contain your name and contact details. Ensure these are professionally presented and clearly shown. This will allow a potential employer to quickly contact you if they have difficulties opening the attachments.
• Note: Although you will be uploading the text of your email as a Word document you should address the email to the person and organisation that you are applying for a position with and include.

2. Application letter and CV

Application letter

• This should be an application letter written in response to an advertised position. You should choose a position which will be similar to one that you wish to gain for your future internship or graduate position.
• The letter should be a maximum of one (1) page, typed, single-spaced, A4.
• The letter should follow correct five paragraph, business letter format as per the template available in the Unit Content section of the MySCU/Blackboard site.
• Insert a section break (not page break) at the bottom of your cover letter to ensure that your layout stays as it should when transferred across different computers. This will also assist you in setting up footers on your résumé.
• Do not use a footer or page number at the bottom of your letter.
• Your application letter always comes before your résumé.

Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
• A résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) is the standard and accepted way of setting out in an ordered and factual format, the key aspects of your professional background or working history.
•  his should be part of the same Word document as your application letter and start on the page directly after your application letter.
• You must include a footer with your name and page number on pages two and three of your CV (i.e. not on the first page).
• You must include page breaks at the end of each page to preserve formatting and page layouts.
• Your CV content should be appropriate for the type of position you are targeting.
• It must include personal contact details, previous education, work history, skills, achievements, and contact details for three referees.
• Your CV should be no more than three (3) pages, typed, single-spaced.
• See guidelines for the format contained in CV guides and templates in the Unit Content.

Assessment 2: Portfolio

Part A – Written Report

1.0 Introduction
Ensure that you write an introduction for this assignment. The Academic Skills Quick Guides (https://www.scu.edu.au/staff/teaching-and-learning/academic-skills/quick-guides/) will provide you with a reminder on what should be contained in an introduction.

2.0 My Career
• Describe how you visualise your perfect graduate position and broader career in 1–2 paragraphs. Then critically evaluate how your descriptions compare and contrast with the literature covered in this unit relating to definitions of careers, career management and career success (Topic 1). Do not use dictionary or Wikipedia definitions in this discussion. Instead, you should be evaluating the descriptions contained in academic writings such as your Readings.
• Name the industry sector that you wish to pursue for your internship and/or graduate role and refer to Appendix A which will contain your database of potential employers.

3.0 Goal Setting
• Setting goals (both short and long term) is important in career planning. Challenging, but realistic, goals can have powerful positive influence on career success. Identify a goal-setting theory (model) or motivation theory and discuss how it may be useful to assist you in achieving your career goals.
• In this section summarise the five most important learning/career goals that you wish to achieve within the next 10 years. Refer to Appendix B which will contain detailed information about these five goals.

Part B – Video

This component of the assessment requires you to prepare a video in which you present an academic quality, industry sector analysis. You will need to be succinct as the video should be no more than three minutes in length.

Graduate Careers Australia  provides some details about what an industry sector analysis should include. These include:
• a detailed description of the industry sector that you want to be working in after you complete your current degree;
• information on the career opportunities within this industry sector;
• information on the career challenges within this industry sector; and
• an evaluation of the most appealing aspects of this industry sector for YOU personally.

You must use information gained from discussions with industry insiders, academic journals and from your observations and general research but be sure to note the source of your information. For example, you might say: 'Timeshare is a growing sector of the hotel industry. According to an article published in Perspective Timeshare Magazine on 3 May, total revenues for this sector are up by 3% compared to the same time last year.' Before going on to discuss in your own words what this means for the industry and your career.

You can also cite information that was shared with you on the field trip but again be sure to cite the source. E.g., 'In a presentation on 12 July 2018 Mr. Brown, Vice President of A Very Good Hotel Group said key challenges for the sector included ...'

Assessment 3: Report

1.0 Introduction

Ensure that you write an introduction for this assignment. The Academic Skills Quick Guides (https://www.scu.edu.au/staff/teaching-and-learning/academic-skills/quick-guides/) will provide you with a reminder on what should be contained in an introduction.

2.0 Self-awareness
For each sub-section below you should discuss the literature, provide evidence of your own approach or level of competency, then discuss this in the context of your chosen career/career choices.
• 2.1 Personality
• 2.2 Values and Motivators
• 2.3 Emotional Intelligence
• 2.4 Leadership
• 2.5 Power and Politics.

3.0 Decision making and planning
Refer to the literature on Problem Solving and Decision Making and critically evaluate how an understanding of these theories can be of assistance to the decision-making and problem-solving processes you will be using when seeking your internship/graduate employment. You must compare and contrast at least two approaches/theories.

Your discussion should identify and elaborate upon factors that will be important in your internship/graduate position decision such as the geographic location, paid/unpaid nature, opportunity for training and development, opportunity for ongoing employment, and so forth.

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