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The University of Sheffield

How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

Overview

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

Reviews

4.7 rating, based on 420 Class Central reviews

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  • I've taken a lot of writing courses in my life, but I must confess that "How to Succeed at: Writing Applications" organised by the University of Sheffield via FutureLearn is exceptional. The course teaches modern approaches to preparing applications that guarantee employment at workplaces and admission at institutions. We, the course-takers, are provided with real-time materials to assist us to gain insights into the world of applications and sell ourselves to recruiters. If anyone is looking forward to "upping" their application writing skills, the course is a must.
  • 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!
  • Martha Njoki Muthoni
    I have enjoyed every bit of the course. I have tried most of the tasks and loved the results. This is a rich course that I would highly recommend to students and even adults and everyone who wants to stand out in their career. It is well organised, has...
  • 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
    This course has been wonderful as it has added a lot of knowledge and understanding about writing applications. So many tips that I had not known before I can confidently portray them now and I'm so grateful indeed. The resources provided were very rich in information and very clear for everybody to understand. This is a very wonderful course that you cannot afford to miss as it accelerates your energy to have confidence while doing your applications. I recommend this course to anybody willing to learn more on writing applications and thank all the organizers for the success of this course, I can't thank you enough.
  • 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 .
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    Rahela Akter Khanum
    By doing " How to succeed at: writing Application" I have learned many new formula of writing CV, Cover letter overall writing a perfect application.I think this will help me a lot to get a suitable job easily.Here I have learned a new STAR formula which enhance my ability a lot.I recommend everyone to do this course for their betterment of career.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thank you this was a very helpful course. Most of the time we just use cv templates without grasping the the way we can personally draft our own cv and cover letter. This course equipped me with the different ways that i can be marketable on a cv and an application letter. I am definitely now knowledgeable on how to update and write a cv.
  • Anonymous
    This is an excellent course organised in a step-by-step way to guide learners along. The video presentions have 100% relevant contents with good audio quality. The quizzes are interesting and relevant to recoup learners' learning. All the transcripts are useful and can be downloaded for future use.
  • Anonymous
    A great course especially for those who are making their first steps in a difficult process of job-hunting. I liked how the course was structured and organized. Besides, the information in each step was clear, concise and not too long. The additional material for downloading was very helpful.
  • Anonymous
    A great course especially for those who are making their first steps in a difficult process of job-hunting. I liked how the course was structured and organized. Besides, the information in each step was clear, concise and not too long. The additional material for downloading was very helpful.
  • Anonymous
    A great course especially for those who are making their first steps in a difficult process of job-hunting. I liked how the course was structured and organized. Besides, the information in each step was clear, concise and not too long. The additional material for downloading was very helpful.
  • 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
    It's a great course, with step-by-step guidance from the tutors and members of careers service at Sheffield Uni on how to successfully write and deliver on applications (job or academic). The tips are great and highly recommended to anyone who might need them.
  • Anonymous
    This short, concise and expertly presented course has helped me attend to the weaker areas in my job application process. I am delighted with the information, and I will use this practical advice to help me find employment in my chosen field. Thank you
  • Anonymous
    It was a well structured course with useful inormation. The videos were very interesting and provided an insight to what a job seeker would face during his journey toward securing his dream job.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    An excellent course. I have learned a lot through out the course. In particular how to present an example of your skills and also how to develop a CV that presents my unique skills.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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