Applying for a Job

Introduction

Welcome to the Applying for a Job webquest!

 As you further your education in online COMP 2525 Advanced Computers: Issues & Applications and complete your degree in your chosen area of study here at Southeast Technical College, you will find yourself in the position of applying for a job in your field. 

The "Applying for a Job" webquest will take you through what this process may look like for you.  Throughout this quest, you will gain a perspective on how technology may be used in the job application process and in your future workplace.  You will also develop an insight as to the basic job application process.  Finally, you will produce usable documents that may lend to your job application search in your very near future.

Task

Your Tasks

Assume hypothetically or realistically that you are graduating with your degree from Southeast Technical College in your chosen program of study.  You are about to begin the process of seeking employment in your chosen field of interest. 

Complete the following documents as you make your way through this webquest project:

1.  Discussion Forum - Technology in the Workplace

2.  Employment Advertisement

3.  Resume

4.  Cover Letter

5.  Business Card

Learner Objective

The student will be able to create and format word processed documents of a job application nature for a webquest with 80% accuracy and based on a 4-point rubric.


ISTE Student Standards

1.  Creativity and innovation

     b.  Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
     d. 
Identify trends and forecast possibilities

2.  Communication and collaboration

     a.  Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
     b. 
Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats

3.  Research and information fluency

     b.  Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media
     d. 
Process data and report results

4.  Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making

     b.  Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project
     c. 
Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions

5.  Digital citizenship

     a.  Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
     b. 
Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity

6.  Technology operations and concepts

     a.  Understand and use technology systems
     b. 
Select and use applications effectively and productively

Process

The Process

Step 1 - Discussions - Technology in the Workplace

You will write an original response and reply to at least two classmates' postings for this discussion thread located in D2L.

Increasingly, the Web is being used to match up job seekers with employers and recruiters. 

Access Topsite.com and type in Job Search. 

Review the 10 Best Job Search Websites (i.e. Monster.com, Indeed.com, etc.) and investigate exactly how this "match" is done.  Additional online research is expected before responding to the following questions.  Please cite your sources.

1)  What does this online job search/application trend mean to the future of job searching?

2)  If there are jobs that are advertised only on the Web, how do those less computer-literate compete?

3)  What social changes do you predict from this online trend?

4)  Inevitably, you will be inundated by technology in today's workplace.  With regards to your chosen future career, please address the following:

  • Describe what types of data (i.e. client, customer, student, personnel, criminal, inventory, etc.) and how the data will be utilized.
  • Identify various software and web applications (i.e. word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, social networking, cloud computing, digital communications, etc.) that you will use to complete work responsibilities. 
  • Discuss the computer ethics and social responsibilities (regarding technology and information) of employees in the career/organization with which you plan to work (i.e. bank, police station, retail store, or government office, etc.).

 

Step 2 - Employment Advertisement

One of the first steps in the job application process is to research the availability of jobs in your chosen career and in the geographical area you wish to work.  For this project, you will create from scratch and/or locate online an employment advertisement for a career of your choice.  You may assume that you have already graduated from your current program of study here at Southeast Tech. 

A starting place for you may be the job search websites, of which CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com are examples, you have researched for DQ2 - Technology in the Workplace. 

Type your job description in a blank Microsoft Word 2010 file.  Format/spellcheck your document so that it looks professional.  Avoid copying and pasting from the Internet.  Be sure to include the following requirements in your description.     

Job Description Requirements

  • Job Title
  • Company
  • Location
  • Salary/Wage
  • Status (full-time, part-time, seasonal, etc.)
  • Job Category (Law Enforcement, Administrative/Clerical, etc.)
  • General Job Duties
  • Skills/Abilities (Microsoft Office 2010 Suite, computer certifications, employment experience, etc.)
  • Additional Responsibilities
  • Preferences (bilingual, etc.)
  • Education/Degree/Major
  • Other (specific to your career choice)
  • Job Search Website

Additional Requirements

  • D2L Dropbox Folder:  Word Student Project - Employment Advertisement
  • Filename:  LastnameEmployAd.docx

 

Step 3 - Resume

For this project, you will create a resume for yourself using Microsoft Word.  This document is meant to be completed AFTER you have already written and submitted your Employment Advertisement, as your resume should be geared to the type of job described in your ad. 

Before beginning your resume from scratch or updating/revising a resume you may have recently completed for a class, such as Job Seeking Skills, take some time to research resume formats.  Again, you may wish to begin your resume research by accessing the website, TopSite.com

Be sure to include the following required resume sections.  You will submit a rough draft early in the unit for instructor and classmate critiques [within D2L Resume discussion thread] and a final draft of your resume [within D2L Resume dropbox folder] by the end of the unit. 

Resume Section Requirements

  • Your Name/Contact Information
  • Job Objective
  • Education/Degree/Major
  • Work Experience
  • Special Skills/Certifications
  • Activities/Interests
  • References
  • Other (specific to your career choice)

Microsoft Word 2010 Requirements

While your resume should be completed within Microsoft Word 2010, you may choose to create your resume file from scratch OR use a resume template within Microsoft Word or Microsoft Office Online.  Your primary objective is to make decisions that will lead to an accurate, concise, complete, and well-written resume.  In addition, your word processing decisions should be geared towards creating an easy-to-read/follow, visually-appealing, professionally-formatted, and well-balanced document. 

Additional Requirements

  • D2L Discussion Thread & Dropbox Folder:  Word Student Project - Resume
  • Rough Draft Filename: LastnameResumeRD.docx
  • Final Draft Filename:  LastnameResumeFD.docx

 

Step 4 - Cover Letter

For this project, you will create a cover letter for yourself using Microsoft Word.  This document is meant to be completed AFTER you have already written and submitted your employment ad AND your resume (rough draft), as your cover letter should be geared toward the type of job described in those documents. 

Before beginning your cover letter from scratch or updating/revising a cover letter you may have recently completed for a class, such as Job Seeking Skills, take some time to research cover letter examples.  Again, you may wish to conduct your research by accessing the website, TopSite.com

In addition to following appropriate personal-business letter format, be sure to include the following requirements in your cover letter.  You will submit a rough draft early in the unit for instructor and classmate critiques [within D2L Cover Letter discussion thread] and a final draft of your cover letter [within D2L Cover Letter dropbox folder] by the end of the unit. 

Cover Letter Requirements

  • Your Name/Return Address
  • Current Date
  • Letter/Inside Address
  • Salutation
  • Introductory Paragraph
    • Job Title
    • Ad Details (how and when you learned of the job)
  • Additional Paragraphs
    • Outline how your job qualifications "match" the job description
    • Demonstrate the skills/education/experience you outlined in your resume
  • Closing Paragraph
    • Restate your interest in the job and interview
    • Provide contact information as to how/when you may be reached
    • Include a "thank you for your consideration" statement
  • Closing
  • Attachment Notation

Microsoft Word 2010 Requirements

While your cover letter should be completed within Microsoft Word 2010, you may choose to create your letter file from scratch OR use a letter template within Microsoft Word or Microsoft Office Online.  Your primary objective is to make decisions that will lead to an accurate, concise, complete, and well-written cover letter.  In addition, your word processing decisions should be geared towards creating an easy-to-read/follow, visually-appealing, professionally-formatted, and well-balanced document. 

Additional Requirements

  • D2L Discussion Thread & Dropbox Folder:  Word Student Project - Cover Letter
  • Rough Draft Filename: LastnameLetterRD.docx
  • Final Draft Filename: LastnameLetterFD.docx

 

Step 5 - Business Card

After you secure your desired career, you will need a business card.  As the final step in your series of student projects for the Word unit, you are required to design a business card for yourself. 

You will create your card file from scratch OR choose to use a Microsoft Word OR Microsoft Publisher template (recommended) for your business card.  Some business card templates may also be found on Microsoft Office Online

Your card should be designed with your chosen career in mind.  You may assume that you have already graduated from your current program of study here at Southeast Tech AND are gainfully employed in the job you wrote about in your employment ad. 

Again, you may wish to research examples of business cards for inspiration before you start.  Your card layout and accuracy should be professional.  Be sure to include the following requirements in your business card.     

Business Card Requirements

  • Job Title
  • Company
  • Location (street address, city, state, zip)
  • Contact Information (email address, phone, etc.)
  • Other text (specific to your career choice)
  • Company Logo (optional)
  • Applicable design for your career choice

Additional Requirements

  • D2L Dropbox Folder:  Word Student Project - Business Card
  • Filename:  LastnameCard.docx
Evaluation

Applying for a Job WebQuest   Rubric

 

4 pts.

3 pts.

2 pts.

1 pt.

Discussion   & Critiques

Content

Each discussion (trends,   computer-literacy, social changes, today’s workplace, etc.) and critique element   (function, form, effectiveness, grammar, technology use, etc.) is thoroughly   addressed and justified.

Each discussion (trends,   computer-literacy, social changes, today’s workplace, etc.) and critique   element (function, form, effectiveness, grammar, technology use, etc.) is addressed   and adequately justified.

Some discussion (trends,   computer-literacy, social changes, today’s workplace, etc.) or critique elements   (function, form, effectiveness, grammar, technology use, etc.) are not   addressed or explained.

Major discussion responses (trends,   computer-literacy, social changes, today’s workplace, etc.) or critique   elements (function, form, effectiveness, grammar, technology use, etc.) are   missing information.

Level of communication

Writer exceeds participation and   research expectations in original response and by replying with more than the   required two posts; posts exceed the substantive post requirements.

Writer meets participation and research   expectations in original response and/or replies with the required two posts   of a substantive nature.

Writer meets some of the participation   and research requirements in original response and/or does not meet the   minimum number of two replies; posts are not of a substantive nature.

Writer does not meet the participation   and research requirements in original response nor meets the minimum number   of replies; posts fail to meet the substantive nature.

Grammar & mechanics

Writer follows all guidelines for   spelling, grammar, usage, mechanics, etc.    Sentences are strong and have a varied structure.

Writer follows most guidelines, but   some sentences are unclear, uneven, or contain errors.

Writer follows some guidelines, but   sentences contain multiple errors and are difficult to understand.

Writer has difficulty following   guidelines; most sentences contain numerous errors and cannot be understood.

Use of technology

Student’s use of technology exceeds   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology meets   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology meets some   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology does not   meet expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

 

 

4 pts.

3 pts.

2 pts.

1 pt.

Employment Ad

Content

All major job description requirements   are thoroughly presented, including job title, duties, required education and   experience, etc.

Ad contains the required information   (job title, duties, required education and experience, etc.).

Ad is missing some information (job title,   duties, required education and experience, etc.).

Ad is incomplete and missing most information   (job title, duties, required education and experience, etc.).

Overall design

Ad exceeds expectations with regards to   overall design, layout, and effectiveness.

Ad meets expectations with regards to   overall design, layout, and effectiveness.

Ad meets some expectations with regards   to overall design, layout, and effectiveness.

Ad does not meet expectations with   regards to overall design, layout, and effectiveness.

Grammar & mechanics

Writer follows all guidelines for   spelling, grammar, usage, mechanics, etc.    Sentences are strong and have a varied structure.

Writer follows most guidelines, but   some sentences are unclear, uneven, or contain errors

Writer follows some guidelines, but   sentences contain multiple errors and are difficult to understand.

Writer has difficulty following   guidelines; most sentences contain numerous errors and cannot be understood.

Use of technology

Student’s use of technology exceeds   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology meets   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology meets some   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology does not   meet expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

 

 

4 pts.

3 pts.

2 pts.

1 pt.

Resume

Function

Audience and purpose of the resume are   strong and clear.

Audience and purpose are present but   could be stronger.

Audience and purpose are less clear,   and weak parts remain.

Audience and purpose are not clear.

Form & content

Format of the resume is clear.  Each major section includes required   information (objective statement, names, dates, locations, etc.).

Format is mostly clear.  Each major section includes most of the   required information (objective statement, names, dates, locations, etc.).

Format is confusing.  Major sections are missing information   (objective statement, names, dates, locations, etc.).

Format is hard to see.  Major sections are missing information   (objective statement, names, dates, locations, etc.).

Effectiveness

Resume shows a very professional   appearance, tone, and style.

Resume shows an appropriate appearance,   tone, and style.  Some inconsistencies   remain.

Resume shows a less professional   appearance, tone, and style.  Several   weaknesses need attention or revision.

Resume does not have a professional   appearance, tone, or style.  Much   revision is needed.

Grammar & mechanics

Writer follows all guidelines for   spelling, grammar, usage, mechanics, etc.    Sentences are strong and have a varied structure.

Writer follows most guidelines, but   some sentences are unclear, uneven, or contain errors.

Writer follows some guidelines, but   sentences contain multiple errors and are difficult to understand.

Writer has difficulty following   guidelines; most sentences contain numerous errors and cannot be understood.

Use of technology

Student’s use of technology exceeds   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology meets   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology meets some   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology does not   meet expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

 

 

4 pts.

3 pts.

2 pts.

1 pt.

Cover Letter

Function

Audience and purpose of the cover   letter are strong and clear.

Audience and purpose are present but   could be stronger.

Audience and purpose are less clear,   and weak parts remain.

Audience and purpose are not clear.

Form & content

Format of the letter is clear.  Each major section includes all required   information (address, date, salutation, body, closing, signature).

Format is mostly clear.  Each major section includes most required   information (address, date, salutation, body, closing, signature).

Format is confusing.  Major sections are missing information   (address, date, salutation, body, closing, signature).

Format is hard to see.  Major sections are missing information   (address, date, salutation, body, closing, signature).

Effectiveness

Letter shows a very professional   appearance, tone, and style.

Letter shows an appropriate appearance,   tone, and style.  Some inconsistencies   remain.

Letter shows a less professional   appearance, tone, and style.  Several   weaknesses need attention or revision.

Letter does not have a professional   appearance, tone, or style.  Much   revision is needed.

Grammar & mechanics

Writer follows all guidelines for   spelling, grammar, usage, mechanics, etc.    Sentences are strong and varied.

Writer follows most guidelines, but   some sentences are unclear, uneven, or contain errors.

Writer follows some guidelines, but   sentences contain multiple errors and are difficult to understand.

Writer has difficulty following   guidelines; most sentences contain numerous errors and cannot be understood.

Use of technology

Student’s use of technology exceeds   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology meets   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology meets some   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology does not   meet expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

 

 

4 pts.

3 pts.

2 pts.

1 pt.

Business Card

Content

Card contains all required and optional   information (job title, company, location, contact information, logo, etc.).

Card contains all required information   (job title, company, location, contact information, etc.), yet no optional   information.

Card is missing some required   information (job title, company, location, contact information, etc.); no   optional information.

Card is incomplete and missing much   required information (job title, company, location, contact information,   etc.); no optional information.

Overall design

Card exceeds expectations with regards   to overall design, layout, and effectiveness.

Card meets expectations with regards to   overall design, layout, and effectiveness.

Card meets some expectations with   regards to overall design, layout, and effectiveness.

Card does not meet expectations with   regards to overall design, layout, and effectiveness.

Grammar & mechanics

Writer follows all guidelines for   spelling, grammar, usage, mechanics, etc.    Sentences are strong and have a varied structure.

Writer follows most guidelines, but   some sentences are unclear, uneven, or contain errors.

Writer follows some guidelines, but   sentences contain multiple errors and are difficult to understand.

Writer has difficulty following   guidelines; most sentences contain numerous errors and cannot be understood.

Use of technology

Student’s use of technology exceeds   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology meets   expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology meets some expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills, initiative, and resourcefulness.

Student’s use of technology does not   meet expectations in terms of netiquette, knowledge, applications, skills,   initiative, and resourcefulness.

 

Total Number of Points:  88

90-100% A = 79-88 points
80-89%   B = 70-78 points
70-79%   C = 62-69 points
60-69%   D = 53-61 points

Conclusion

Congratulations!

 

You have completed the job application process and have secured employment in your chosen career field! 

The next time you find yourself in the market for new employment, be sure to review/update your job application documents. 

Remember that looking for a job online is only a click away!

Credits