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NCVER: unsuccessful

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A friend of ours recently applied for a job at NCVER (go to The Lowdown on the Even It Up! website for more specific information) and while being successful in being shortlisted, was required to jump through a number of hoops before being asked to attend interview.  We take issue with this for a number of reasons:

  1. Our friend has a Masters degree in the area of specialisation + track record + substantial portfolio – isn’t that evidence of competence and excellence?
  2. The amount of time that would have been needed to actually put all this together
  3. That candidates will  actually comply and do the tasks.  The more that people think it’s ok to do, the more employers/recruiters will say that it needs to be done to “qualify”
  4. Success in these tasks is not specified – how do you know you are successful if there are no measures of success?

Following our recent telephone conversation, I am pleased to advise that you have been successful through the short listing phase for the position of Marketing Officer with NCVER. We now require you to submit a statement of claim against the knowledge, skills and experience criteria in the attached position profile.

We also require you to complete two extra tasks, details are below.

TASK 1 – Article

    Please find attached a link to the NCVER research report ‘Whose responsibility? Employers’ views on developing their workers’ literacy, numeracy and employability skills’ by Ray Townsend and Peter Waterhouse.


    Please write an article, maximum 400 words, based on this report aimed at training provider audience  (for example, for an article that might appear in NCVER’s newsletter Insight  http://www.ncver.edu.au/newsevents/insight.html) . It should be written in plain english.

    TASK 2 – Media release

    Please write a media release based on an NCVER’s statistical release the ‘Student Outcomes Survey’ http://www.ncver.edu.au/statistics/surveys/sos07/sos07.pdf , aimed at the national daily media. Please also provide a few dot points outlining the ways you might ‘sell’ this story to the media to maximise coverage.

    Could you please forward the statement of claim and answers to Task 1 and 2 by 12.00 noon on Monday 24 November 2008.

    Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    HR Advisor
    National Centre for Vocational Education Research
    L11, 33 King William Street, Adelaide, SA 5000

    Written by evenitup

    December 8, 2008 at 4:39 am

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