Free Online Course on How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

University of Sheffield Learning Platform: FutureLearn
  Start Date: Available 20th May, next start date 16th July and 17 Sept 2018   Basic

Course Description: 

Experts from The Careers Service here at The University of Sheffield share their top tips to help you write exceptional applications, CVs (or résumés), covering letters and personal statements.
You’ll also hear from employers and admissions tutors to find out what they really look for in a candidate. And once you’ve written that perfect application, prepare for the next stage with our course: How to Succeed at: Interviews.

What will you learn in this course?

What topics will you cover?
Understanding your skills:
Analysing job adverts and course descriptions:
Researching the organisation
Promoting yourself through positive writing
Mastering applicant tracking systems
Creating a personal brand
Dealing with gaps in your application

CVs and covering letters
Making a positive impression
Creating an effective CV
Developing a professional online profile
Selling yourself in your covering letter
Exploring sample CVs and covering letters

Application forms and personal statements
How to approach application forms
Structuring your responses with the STAR technique
Responding to competency-based, strength-based, motivational and situational judgement questions
How to write a brilliant personal statement

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for anyone applying for jobs or courses. It will be of particular interest to those in the early stages of their career, or those who are out of practice and need to update their skills. No prior knowledge or expertise are needed.

Who are the instructors?

The course is taught by:
Pamela Hafekost who manages the Information Team and is responsible for developing the Careers Service website and creating interactive resources. Also responsible for providing an information service to users.

Katie Casserly who is the Careers Adviser at the University of Sheffield Careers Service. Also a qualified Librarian and former Careers Information Officer.

Alison Clay who is s Careers Adviser at the University of Sheffield Careers Service providing advice to help users become more confident when writing applications or approaching interviews.

Subject Area:

Writing, English

Cost of course:


Course Duration:

3 hours per week, Duration of 3 weeks



How to enrol:

Click here to enroll


Free Online Course on How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

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