Sample of assignment: Career goal setting & Job application process

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1.        My career goal


A career goal provides an anchor and some direction and people should change the career goals as they learns more about themselves and the work situation (Tosi, Mero & Rizzo 2000, p113). As for me, I did not have a clear career goal regarding what kind job and what level the job is before I started my university. Back in the time when I was study in China, we did not need to think of any issues which in our opinion will only be taken into consideration after our degree graduation. And after my first year in Malaysia, many ideas have been going through my mind which help me to form the vision about my future career development as I master more professional knowledge, skills and social experiences through taking part time job and joining various campus interest group in the past one year’s time. And to be honest, at the very beginning, I didn’t even have a plan to work as a staff in a common company and I actually want to start up a business rather than career. As later reminded by my father and my classmates, I have come to realize that it would be good for me to obtain some working experience before I can begin my own business which helps me to better understand the society and master relative business skills needed. Now my career goal is to become a marketing assistant of a medium size company in China that is specializing in fast food service as it is my plan to open a fast food chain business in the future.

2.        Requirements of the job market


After the browsing of the similar marketing assistant positions posted in the job searching website such as and, two of the most popular and largest job searching website in China, I have concluded three major requirements which now I am still not qualified for. The first requirement  is at least two years’ working experience in the marketing function, the second requirement is excellent English skills in term of both spoken and written English; the third requirement is to get a bachelor degree in marketing or management and this requirement would be met if I graduate successfully.


3.        Relevant personal and professional skills


Career competence refers to the skills that contribute to a person’s career maturity. According to Kaser and Oelkers (2008, p424), three skills which are most desired in young employees are math, communications, and interpersonal skills. These three skills are required and preferred by the employers for a general position. Among these three skills, as an optimistic person I do not really worry about communication and interpersonal skills which I have been good at for long but I do worry about my math which I am not good at from my high school. But still I need to practice my math through studying more knowledge about the accounting to make myself more sensitive to digits. Besides these three skills, in my understanding another two skills are also very important: office software skills and financial skills. Office skills such as Office word and excel are generally required and have wide application. I need to practice more office skills. And I also need to master more financial skills which is useful for me to understand the financial statement and prepare the budgeting reports.


4.        Job application process


In term of job application process, this process could be divided into five major steps and people who are following and familiar with these procedures enjoy advantages in the job-seeking process over others less familiar with them (Morton & Schug 2001, p20).


4.1    Step 1 Looking for job openings


As network has been used as a popular though less formal way for employers to release the job opportunities and for employees to get access to the available position information that they are interested, I will keep an eye on the popular job searching website and the official websites of the companies that I am interested to check the updated job information in term of requirements in particular.




4.2    Step 2 The letter of application


A letter of application is usually used as supplementary component to the resume to introduce the applicants to companies in term of expressing interest in the particular job and explains how the applicants could reach for an interview. And this letter of application should be written in a formal business letter format.


4.3    Step 3 The resume


In order to prepare a quality resume, I will need to prepare enough of campus experience and working experience. The resume would present majorly the summary of my personal information and working experiences. Besides these, the resume also will include my contact number, street address, email address  and references and other necessary information. Especially in term of reference information, I will put in two persons’ detail into the resume as reference: one is my lecturer and one will be my manager in the part time job.


4.4    Step 4 The application


Another procedure is the application form which will be provided to applications on the spot and the application usually will require the applicants to fill up some forms regarding applicants’ basic information and sometimes some tests would also be provided. And I will also prepare such tests which are structured and aiming at probing the interest and capability of the applicants.


4.5    Step 5 The interview


If I got the chance to the interview, I will beforehand do some role plays with my friends to prepare myself to the interview and try to get the job through my good performance in the interviews.




Reference list:


Kaser, K. & Oelkers, D. B., 2008, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Mason: Thomson SouthWestern, p424


Morton, J. S. & Schug, M, C. 2001, Financial Fitness for Life – Bringing Home the Gold: 9-12 Student Workouts, New York: National Council on Economic Education, p20


Tosi, H. L., Mero, N. P. & Rizzo, J. R. 2000, Managing organizational behavior, 4th edition, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd, p113