Is it better to use language that shows your skills off, or language that is straightforward and fact-based?

Is it better to use language that shows your skills off, or language that is straightforward and fact-based?

Assessment 3 Details and Instructions

For this assessment, students will submit a competency-based CV and an accompanying annotations section that target a specific psychology-related occupation. Students will need to identify a specific occupation/job position and determine 4-5 competencies required for it that are held by psychology graduates. At least one of these competencies needs to relate to ULO c or d. In the competency-based CV, students will list the identified competencies and briefly outline their attainment of each competency. In the accompanying annotations section, for each of the 4-5 competencies, students will justify their identification of the competency in relation to the targeted occupation. In addition, they will need to demonstrate that psychology graduates possess the competency, and describe their own attainment of the competency using the STAR method

Assessment 3 FAQs
1. Do my competencies have to exclusively draw from skills I have developed as a psychology graduate, or can I draw on other skills I have developed outside of my degree or from previous degrees, like professional work?

For this assessment, aim your CV at a role or course of study that you could do based on your psychology qualification. Identify the competencies that you think are important for that role or course, and then include evidence that you meet those competencies based both on your current studies and any other relevant skills / knowledge that you hold from other outside your psychology qualification.

2. Is it better to use language that shows your skills off, or language that is straightforward and fact-based?

You should use language that is straightforward, but not simplistic. For example, if your role involved talking to other stakeholders or individuals, dont use the simplistic talk to. Try instead the more sophisticated consult or liaise. However, that doesnt mean going to the thesaurus to replace every other word. You should still use everyday language. Pay attention as well to your spelling and grammar and attend to details especially if youre claiming to have those skills! You wouldnt submit a job application with errors in it, so dont submit an assessment with errors in it, either.

3. Do we need to fill in and submit an Assessment Cover Sheet?


4. Do I submit one file or two?

It is up to you whether you submit the CV and annotations as one file or two. You can include the annotations beneath a heading in the same file as the CV (but see the formatting requirements below) or in a separate file.

5. How do I format the assessment?

The CV should be formatted with the audience you intend it for in mind. That is, format it like a CV you would submit with a job application, using templates you find in Microsoft Word or anywhere online, or designing your own. You can use whatever font, colours, heading styles, etc, that you like, and dont need to have a reference list or in-text citations. The annotations, however, should be formatted in APA style, regardless or whether they are submitted in the same file or a separate file from the CV. That means page numbers, Times New Roman or Arial 12pt and double-spaced font, the first line of every paragraph indented, correct heading formatting, and in-text citations and a reference list that adheres to APA guidelines.

6. The Unit Outline says the assessment should be 2000 words. Is there any leeway? How many words should we use for the CV and how many for the annotations?

2000 words is a strict upper limit. There is no leeway on this and you may be penalised for exceeding the word limit. It is recommended that you use 750-1000 words on the CV, and 1000-1250 words on the annotations. If you need to cut something out to reduce words, it is recommended that you cut something out of your CV (like previous employment that isnt relevant to your competencies) rather than the annotations.

7. Do I need to provide referees?

No, there is no need to provide references.

8. Should my CV include images?

Images, including photographs of yourself, are unlikely to be relevant for the role you are writing for, and as a result should not be included.


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