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Hong Kong Polytechnic University

English at Work: Job Applications

Hong Kong Polytechnic University via edX

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Based on interviews with industry professionals and recruitment specialists, this course helps you create a compelling CV / résumé and job application that will get your foot in the door.

Be the last they have to read - Be the first they want to call!

Once you have your professional knowledge and gained your experience, how you persuade others to believe that you are as good as you say you are is the challenge. Our instructors have had a 100% success rate in getting interviews and landing a job, and we hope to share that experience with you.

How will this course change your job application process?
  • No more generic CVs! Our recruitment specialists will tell you exactly what they are looking for in applicants.
    • As a verified user, you get step by step language guides on how to highlight why you are the person they are looking for!
  • Forget Google samples! Put together job applications based on practical tips from experienced professionals.
    • As a verified user, you get personalised feedback on your CVs, Cover Letters or your LinkedIn profile!
  • Stop asking Google! Exchange ideas with a global community of learners.
    • As a verified user, you get face-to-face online sessions with our team. 
Don’t forget to join our English@Work: Job Interviews course, which includes practical tips and a variety of practice tasks to help you tell your story so well, interviewers can’t ignore you.


Week 1: Excelling at Leadership and Creativity
Find out what industry professionals think are the qualities and attributes of a leader, and why creativity is important in job applications; learn what you should do before applying for a job, plus vocabulary related to ambition and how to modify your level of formality.
Week 2: Getting your CV / Résumé  Noticed
Know what you should put in a CV, and what should be left out. Learn different ways of ordering information in a CV, who you could use as a referee, plus vocabulary related to action verbs and HR buzz words.
Week 3: Selling Yourself in the Cover Letter
Learn how a cover letter can effectively complement a CV and give you the edge. Get tips from recruiters, as well as language input about parallel structures, verb forms, tone and style.
Week 4: Creating a Compelling Online Presence
Study the importance of an online presence when applying for jobs. Create your own online profile and expand your digital vocabulary.
Week 5: Completion of Peer Assessment

Taught by

Bee Dy and Jessica Xia


4.3 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

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  • Do you know about creativity and leadership skills? What makes an effective CV? What should you put in a cover letter? What are action verbs? What does it take to get a new and better job? these questions and many more were answered in this course. I loved it, and will probably take it again when it re-runs!
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  • Charlie Charles
    Great course! wonderful videos - I learned how to improve my CV and enhance my online presence. The workload was around 2 hours per week.

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