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Online Course

How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

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The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate $44 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3 hours a week
  • Duration 3 weeks long
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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.

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.

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Hilary Jones and Pamela Hafekost

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Reviews for FutureLearn's How to Succeed at: Writing Applications Based on 163 reviews

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Ih S
Ih completed this course.
- A wonderful course!

- I liked the pedagogical approach the course used to attract attention from the first till the last step, with various activities (videos, articles, exercises and successful samples with analysis

- I liked the discussions, they was enriching

- What can be improved is the discussion section. It would be better if the instructors and course developers could interact with the learner comments to confirm what is good and give advice for what is wrong, so that other learners take full benefit from the comments.

- Suggestion: some funny (but instructive also) steps can also be added, like asking the recruiters what was the funniest moment in their recruiting experience...

- I hope I've provided beneficial and useful review, just like your course was to me.

Thank you!

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Writng application must be accurate , clear and related to the a job .

First of all write clear info. about youself.

List of education , date ,grade and format specified in the instruction.Then give brief details of each period of employment and work experience including voluntary and unpaid work if you wish.

Give details of leisure interests and activities that demonstrate skills such as leadership, team working, organisation.

Some applications include a section where you are asked to describe your relevant skills and experience and your re…
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Richelle H
Richelle completed this course.
The course is very comprehensive covering writing applications when applying for both jobs and programmes of study (courses). The lessons shared cover all aspects of the writing application process and include feedback from recruiters who review applications submitted to their firms and universities. The course developers did a very thorough job of presenting the material in an easy to learn fashion, with lots of videos, interactive elements and templates to help you record 'the story of you'.
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Alex C
Alex completed this course.
The course was really interesting.

All the given info, examples and clarifications clearly helped me to get a better understanding of how to approach interviews, fill application forms and be visible online.

A big thanks for the included PDF. Their content highlighted step by step what to add when producing CV and Covering letters.

Extremely useful the interviews with the HR Managers.

My only complaint is the absence of the educators in replying to the users query or comments.

It'd have been fantastic have someone who could correct or suggest the right way throughout the course.
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Promise O
by Promise completed this course.
Over the past three weeks, I have learnt key tips, guidelines and techniques that has impacted on me positively, especially in CV writing. I have also learnt practical steps to apply in selling myself (unique selling point) in my resumes and covering letter. Listening to experts/recruiters talk about what they expect from applicants has opened my eyes tremendously. The interactive videos, quizzes and comment sections also makes this course worthwhile and interesting.

Thank you.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
A very useful course for anyone looking to apply for a job. The complementary material is a great way to help us organise our ideas and keep things in focus, and many good examples of the various parts of the application are given, to guarantee that we understand the course content. The main points are also re-enforced throughout the course and the language used is clear and easy to comprehend. I will definitely recommend this course and look forward to completing others through FutureLearn!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Every second spent reviewing this course has been worth it. Personally, the course was well organized with lots of examples and downloadable materials. In particularly, the top tips from a range of recruiters and career professionals were enlightening and very useful. This course teaches participants to prepare well towards "Writing Applications", and I felt likewise, the preparation behind the scenes for the course was meticulously done. Merci.
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Rosemary C
Rosemary completed this course.
This was an enormously helpful course. It provided excellent information and resources which made applying for jobs a much less daunting task. The material was concise, relevant and easily followed. The downloads were very useful to keep and use each time an application is required. The course covered a lot more than I expected (gaming for interviews).

I have renewed confidence in presenting a professional job application in future.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
A lot of detailed information is included in the course and it is divided in a clear and logical way, making everything easy to follow and understand. The PDF downloads with templates and examples are especially useful for working through yourself!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Parts of this course were useful and thought-provoking. Overall, however, I found it too simplistic and was frustrated by conflicting information. I'd recommend it to someone who 's at the start of their career, but I'd hesitate to recommend it to skilled professionals.
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Zoe A
Zoe completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
It was fairly useful if a little basic. Had some good tips and templates for thinking about companies before you make your application.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Am very grateful for the opportunity to learn about marketing oneself and organizations we belong to.The course outlined aspects not previously taught to me but now useful in my endeavor to grow in my career.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course was very helpful. A lot of useful tips I have learned, for example, new methods of writing a CV, letter of application, STAR method, It should be a part of program in employment agencies.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It was well described and in depth. Quizzes helped remember what was learned throughout course and what's important to include.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course is very informative on how to make the right application for a job or a course. In particular, it covers different steps of the application process, advising on how to develop an appropriate CV or resume, cover letter, and personal statement. The teaching materials including videos, downloadable templates, and examples, fulfill the purpose of the course. Although the focus is on making applications suitable for in the UK market, the knowledge learned applies to different countries. Having completed the course, I feel better placed to improve the quality of my applications and hopefully secure a position of interest. I would highly recommend the course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Provided with numerous examples and insightful advice from experienced recruiters, this course has been very helpful for unseasoned applicants such as myself to learn how to write applicants for different purposes. It is not only suited for job seekers who are just graduated and fresh into the job market but also ideal for the students applying to universities. The course has covered each stage of an application, from how to start an application by research for preparation, to how to write required pieces and answer common types of application form questions, it has shown us the complete route of a successful application.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Sensibly structured and presented to give some clarity to the recruitment process and how to take advantage of current recruiter thinking.

There probably isn’t much to be said o how to avoid the groupthink endemic in the process.

Of necessity, examples are always of people who have shown leadership, done all manner of selfless activities, or worked well under stress.

Probably the audience for the course are a self defining group who have these abilities to call on, but what about the other fifty percent of candidates who are just ‘ordinary and a bit dim’. How do they get interviews and jobs?

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Chloe H
Chloe completed this course.
This course is a must for any student/graduate embarking upon the daunting experience of job applications. Everything from the structure of the course, to how it's delivered, and additional materials provided is invaluable. Information is concise and made interactive with videos and graphics throughout.

Before starting this course I felt clueless about the methods and techniques for CV writing, cover letters, LinkedIn and application writing. I now have confidence that I can write a stand out application from what I've learned. I wish I knew about this course sooner!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course has not only fulfilled all my expectations, but has offered me even more than I could dare to expect. It covered in detail all the aspects you need to consider while writing an application and I believe I have gained a proper insight into the recruiting process. Throughout the course I have received a lot of extraordinary tips that I have already started to implement in my applications. I strongly recommend this course to every person struggling at persuading recruiters that they are the right candidates for the position they are applying for.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course gave a very clear, all-round insight into all key elements required for writing CVs, Covering letters and personal statements as well as a small insight into other recruiters' methods such as Gamification. Whilst the course would be excellent for Graduates or employees just starting out on the Career Ladder-I would wonder if there could be an additional section for people who have lots of experience (20years plus) for example, and whose decisions about changing jobs and looking at new positions is just as daunting and even more complex.
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