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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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  • 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
    Good. At first I thought it wasn't going to be for more because it seemed more suitable for school/college leavers or first job after graduating from university, but I'm glad I took with it because there was also information for people who are mid-career,...
  • Anonymous
    Going through this course has helped fashion my view about writing and applying to various organisations and institutions. Everything is spread out in a clear and concise manner from skill recogntion to positive writing, to CV building and even effective...
  • 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 .
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Anonymous
    I've enjoyed this course tremendously. It's pretty clear to me that the team responsible for developing this course really took the time to consider all the challenging situations one goes through when applying for a job. The third week, in which we cover all the most relevant types of questions we usually find in job applications, was truly helpful. I do think that the course could have presented more information for the ones who are taking it in order to apply for a university. However, I understand that the main focus of the course was giving vital information for everyone whos is looking for doing well at writing their CVs and such successfully.
  • 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 :)
  • I enjoyed taking this course, How to Succeed at Writing Applications. From the Cv and Covering section to the Personal Statements and Application Form, there was always something new to learn each week. The course design and interface are user-friendly and appealing to the eyes.

    Listening to the videos, reading the articles reflects the expertise of the course moderators. Also, I love the samples and tasks given at the end of a course topic. All topics in this course were relevant.
  • 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
    This course is very useful for me because I am going to apply for my postgraduate in UK, so I am preparing for this and my education and language background is not well as required for admission but I am trying my best and I am learning that how can I get success to get a scholarship and admission in UK. The course gives a perspective about CVs and writing application, it will defiantly help me.

    Thanks for this wonderful course.
  • Anonymous
    Very informative and insightful. The video interviews with employers spells out clearly what is required in order to be selected for a job or course. The examples and templates provided are a very useful guide in creating your own CV, Covering letter and personal statements. The course covered both applications for job and course efficiently. I have learnt a lot, created and improved my application documents.
  • Anonymous
    Before joining the course I was a bit confused on how to approach the job hunting process, particularly with application forms and cover letters but at the end of the three weeks, I got the confidence to write better applications and avoid common mistakes that could affect me during the shortlisting process. I would recommend the course as a resource to build the skills to succeed in writing applications.
  • Anonymous
    This course is very easy to follow and has great examples of what is expected for a job application, a CV and covering letter. It provided me more confidence with the skills and experience I have and how I can word them in a way that is more enticing for prospective employers. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs help or who needs more confidence.
  • Anonymous
    The course is really helpful for those who are going to apply for jobs or courses, or even scholarships. There’s a couple of things I like most: an organized list of materials and end quiz. I’ve got useful tips to be a successful applicant. It will make you understand better if you do the course of How to succeed at: Interviews at the same time.
  • Anonymous
    The course is great and it exceed more than I expected. In this course, you will realize what common candidate mistakes, how to prepare for the job description, CV, resume, and cover letter. You also know what employers truly think about candidates when they looking for talents for the company. I love this course, and it is worth your time.
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    Vanessa Gudiño
    Super Well Structured Course! I definitely made a good choice. It really helped me to polish my resume and covering letter besides learning about some new strategies and tips on how to successfully apply for a job or postgraduate studies. Highly recommended to gain confidence when applying. Thanks!!!

    Vanessa, Vzla
  • Anonymous
    Rich course.

    It covers all the required steps to apply on any international company in Egypt. Actually I have tried it in one of my applications and they get back to me for an interview, but unfortunately, I couldn't pass for some reason. That's why I'm interested in the next course: How to succeed at interviews.
  • Anonymous
    This course has been interesting and informative .I have enjoyed the course and learned and aquired new skills and knowledge that I wouldnt have learnt anywhereles. The resources videos, and articles was so helpful in understadning and deepeneing the knowledge. I would reccomend this course to other people.

    Thanks alot!

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