Course Title: Participate in job seeking activities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: EMPL5911

Course Title: Participate in job seeking activities

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C1071 - Certificate I in Work Education

Course Contact : Elizabeth-Anne Cotter

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4870

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will develop skills necessary for the job seeking process.  You will learn how to research and evaluate job opportunities and how to apply for suitable employment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20009 Participate in job seeking activities


1. Gather and evaluate
information on

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Collect information on employment opportunities from a
variety of sources.
1.2 Evaluate the information collected according to employment
1.3 Make enquiries to follow up information using appropriate
communication strategies.


2. Access the hidden job

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Access a range of internet sites to identify job vacancies.
2.2 Identify and access personal networks for job opportunities.
2.3 Cold call a range of enterprises using appropriate techniques


3. Prepare a resume

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Compile a personal profile of work and education history.

3.2 Select relevant information and determine appropriate format.
3.3 Compile information in chosen resumé format.
3.4 Review effectiveness and accuracy of final version.


5. Prepare the application

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Prepare a letter of application in response to an advertised
5.2 Prepare a letter of application for cold canvassing.
5.3 Address key selection criteria in a written application.
5.4 Identify and document referee details.
5.5 Draft the application and seek feedback from an appropriate
support person.
5.5 Develop final application.


6. Participate in a job

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Confirm interview details and requirements.
6.2 Anticipate possible questions and a range of suitable answers.
6.3 Demonstrate a range of strategies for different types of
6.4 Demonstrate appropriate communication techniques.


7. Evaluate personal
performance in the job
seeking process.

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Identify and seek feedback on strengths and areas of
7.2 Propose strategies for improvement.


4. Apply for a job

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify an appropriate position according to own skills and
4.2 Identify job requirements for the position.
4.3 Obtain information on the enterprise or business.
4.4 Gather supporting documentation according to application

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will explore the following topics:

language and literacy skills to read, interpret and evaluate information from a range of
employment sources and to write a job application using conventional language and spelling

· communication skills to make inquiries concisely, clearly and at the appropriate time. make
timely and appropriate telephone contact using clear and concise language and participate in a
job interview using appropriate communication techniques to answer questions, clarify
information and seek information

· problem solving skills to select and apply personal presentation style appropriate to the position,
evaluate information on job opportunities and select relevant information to match strengths and
organisational needs and to write an application to match selection criteria

· planning and organising skills to follow up work information through a variety of means and to
access and organise documentation required to support a job application

· self management skills to seek and respond to feedback on job application and to evaluate own
performance in order to make improvements

· technology skills to access information about job opportunities on the internet and to use
computer applications to prepare a resumé and job application.

Details of Learning Activities

This is a very practical hands on course. You will be exploring the world of work and aligning your preferences with job opportunities.
The following tasks provide some idea about what the course is about:

• Exploring the hidden job market by accessing personal networks, internet sites and cold calling

• Preparing a personal profile of work and education history in order to prepare and update your resume

 How to :

  • Apply for a job
  • Prepare a job application
  • Participate in practice job interviews
  • Reviewing and evaluating your performance in the job seeking process by seeking feedback from others and thinking about how you can improve for the future.

Teaching Schedule

You will be provided with a comprehensive workshop schedule at your first class in February that will highlight the different days of the week and the classes that are scheduled for this course.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be provided with the resources and tools for learning in this course. You will also have access to the resources in the library.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include:

- observation

- research project

- short answer questions

- mock interview

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Requirements
To gain competency in this course, you are required to participate in and complete activities/tasks that are given during class time. Occasionally you will be asked to complete an unfinished project as homework or collect information in your own time to be used in class.


You will be assessed in a variety of ways, which may include:

• Practical demonstration of task
• Verbal questioning
• Short answer written work
• Project work
• Verbal presentation
• Self assessment
• Professional conversations

Assessment Matrix

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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