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The University of Sheffield

How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn



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.

Taught by

Hilary Jones and Pamela Hafekost

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  • Anonymous
    This course helped to understand basic important point to write application best ways. You can understand what's active style , and brand yourself in a better way on front of any organizations / recruiters /manager . You can also learn basic important principal of writing application . It's very helpful specially for biggner . Must be checked it . learned to write proper application methods . In this way you can build confidence to show yourself on paper form of writing style . I like it . Thanks future learning .
  • Riaz Laghari is taking this course right now.

    It is an effective course to develop your skills.It shares tips ,techniques and ways to write best applications.If you learn it ,your chances of getting a job might increase significantly.Good luck!
  • 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...
  • Hey there, My name is Udeme Ekpe, upon signing up for the course I felt I had had all the idea needed to write an applications, cover letter etc but it has cut off my expectations. All my life, I have always want to earn my masters degree Aboard,...
  • Ih San

    Ih San 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...
  • Lorna Lewis
    This course is really an eye opener for me. By taking this course I realize that the job application process is not a one size fits all game. Time must be spent to put CV and application letter together for each job application after carefully analysing the job advertisement.

    I am grateful for the wealth of information you have provided. I have done so much more work to my CV based on the information you have provided. For me in my role as a senior employee who sits in interviews sometimes , it has also provided much details. Although the Caribbean is different, the information is still relevant. I am looking forward to another course of similar nature.

    Thanks again team Sheffield.
  • Anonymous
    I highly recommend this course for people looking to either learn or refresh their skills in applying for jobs or course applications. The tips included cover all aspects of the process, and are delivered in a clear and logical way. The mixture of text, video clips and quiz questions to re-enforce knowledge keeps the content interesting for the student, and the modular style gives ability to pace for the individual. I also found the student comments useful to emphasize certain aspects from their own experiences, and helped me to reflect further on my own knowledge to improve my job applications in the future.

    Thanks to University of Sheffield / Future Learn for this valuable content.
  • Anonymous
    That's incredible course. I enjoyed learning writing for the first time in my life. Thanks for organizers. From starting to finishing your application you must give relevant information in correct order and size. Giving reference is new to me. Preparing video application can be helpful. All the activities and examples are great. I find participating in this course interesting and amazing opportunity to boost my career goals.
  • Anonymous
    Great opportunity to reflect on and improve your application skills. Using diverse techniques, which make it interesting and fun to do the course. Dialoges give you the opportunity to put your new gained knowledge into practice and memorise it even better. I especially enjoyed the videos with tips from experts and learning about how I can present my skills and experiences in an appealing way. Big Thanks to the team from the University of Sheffield! Especially for making your great work and knowledge also available for free, which unfortunately is a rarity.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed this course, the content was appropriate, well paced and I felt that I was learning something at each stage. I also enjoyed participating in the discussions and commenting with other learners and finally I looked forward to the quizzes to see how much I had learned.
  • Alex Cianca

    Alex Cianca 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.
  • I personally find that this is a short course but informative. The content and guidance are applicable and clear to follow. I am preparing a personal statement but I don't know how to do it. After completing this short course I have an idea how to write my personal statement. After this I am going to prepare my draft copy. Thank you very much to FutureLearn Team and especially my educator from the University of Sheffield. My sincere thanks for the opportunity given. From, Adeline G Khaw AiGuat. Malaysia.
  • Anonymous
    This course is the best investment anyone should make before proceeding to write Applications for a job or to study a course at a dream institution. It has armed me with vital information not easy gleaned from mere Google how to searches. It is simple yet thorough, structured and easy. I would recommend this to anyone going for career and/or academic advancement as it would give a good solid foundation with regards to CV and Application writing. So what are you waiting for? Jump right in?
  • Anonymous
    excellent resource. I have recently decided to pursue a new opportunity having been in the same role for nearly ten years. A lot can change in a decade so I needed some up to date job application tips (to put it in perspective when I applied for my current job I handed in a paper CV to the store manager!). I've learnt loads from this course especially about those computer situational judgement tests, and I find the idea of a video CV really interesting and innovative. Thank you :)
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course offered much more than I had expected. Not only do the activities help you writing effective applications, but also provide insights into interviews and what kind of behaviour should we have.
    The course takes three weeks and lessons are straight to the point. They give us models of CVs and cover letters, as well as some ideas to answer tricky questions.
    As a point of improvement, I would suggest the educators participate in the forums. Although the dialogues between learners are constructive, it would have been more engaging to see the educators interacting with us.
    I definitely recommend this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Outstanding course to learn and put into practice information, tips and thoughts about our resume, cover letter and job's applications into an easy way.

    During this course I could learn and practice, and finally, seeing a remarkable improve on my documents. In my experience, I didn't know many things so I really appreciate to be here and discover new material to reinforce my confidence and redoing my resume and cover letter. In addition, the opportunity to download some files provides a valuable support for the future.

    I highly recommend this course. Thank you so much to all the staff for your time and dedication.
  • Anonymous
    The course is really helpful not only in learning how the application process for a job/ education goes, but also the documents needed, providing adequate resources, samples and tips in how to write a CV, cover letter, personal statement, etc. The comment from other learners are also inspiring me and suggested variety of real-life experiences for me. I really enjoyed the course and I hope the course can help you, too!
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    Radia Benmenni
    The best course about writing applications I found on the internet, very useful tips, the method of presentation is great and the explanation was comprehensive.

    Thank you.
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    Anjola Oladayo
    write a letter to your friend in another school telling him or her about your new english studies teacher giving him at lleast three reasons why you like him or her.
  • Anonymous
    It was a wonderful course and I learned a lot of important information in writing a CV and writing the application, and there are valuable tips for each trainee in the course. Finally, I thank everyone who participated in preparing and presenting this wonderful course and I thank them again for their kind and wonderful efforts in producing and presenting such courses

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