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How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Subject Grammar & Writing
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 3 weeks long

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Overview

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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.

Taught by

Hilary Jones and Pamela Hafekost

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Reviews for FutureLearn's How to Succeed at: Writing Applications
4.5 Based on 67 reviews

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  • 3 stars 7%
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Ih S
5.0 7 months ago
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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Richelle H
5.0 4 months ago
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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Anonymous
5.0 6 months ago
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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Promise O
5.0 6 months ago
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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Rosemary C
5.0 4 months ago
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
5.0 2 months ago
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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Zoe A
3.0 3 years ago
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
5.0 3 weeks ago
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
3.0 2 months ago
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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Pc P
4.0 3 months ago
Pc completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The sample CV's, covering letters, and personal statements tailored for different situations were incredibly helpful, as well as the worksheets or tips provided at the end of each lesson. The addition of interviewing recruiters for different stages of the application process was a great insight of what we should and shouldn't do in the application.

What would greatly improve this course would be to encourage more interaction between the audience, such as giving better prompts at the end of the lesson and asking questions.
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Anonymous
4.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Lots of good information on auditing your skills, writing CVs, covering letters, personal statements, applications forms, with tips on how to answer different types of questions. It focused on either applying for university courses, or applying for your first job after university, with many of the examples tied to those situations. Much of the information though is applicable for more mature/experienced applicants.

Very worthwhile course.
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Ramsharan P
5.0 2 weeks ago
Ramsharan completed this course.
The course How to succeed in Writing Application really gave me an insight. I am to the team for offering such a wonderful course for free. It has really helped me get the right ideas from the professional teachers. I know it is very difficult to get such a wonderful idea from normal place, but I did get it from this website.

Very many thank you for the team.

Waiting for doing another course and developing my skills.
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Anonymous
5.0 a week ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I'd really recommend this course to anyone because you learn the professional style of writing a resume and cover letter. In addition, the course provides videos of actual career counselors and job recruiters who shares their professional suggestions to the course attendees. These professionals also provides recommendations and inside tips about what you should, and shouldn't do, before submitting a job application.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course is detailed with a lot of valuable class materials that can be easily downloaded for future reference. Every video has a transcript which is very helpful for Non-native English speakers. The developers of the syllabus did a great job because the course is detailed to the core and helps learners understand what recruiters expect of them.

This is one of the best online courses I have taken so far.
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Neringa J
5.0 7 months ago
Neringa completed this course.
A very useful and enjoyable course that helped my to review my CV and covering letter and to be able to better represent myself to the potential recruiter.

I have been looking for the job for over over 3 months now and the advice given on this course gave me confidence to complete the application forms,

I will now join the course about how to succeed in the interviews.
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Georgie H
5.0 2 months ago
Georgie completed this course.
Excellent course with lots of really helpful tips and advice. I feel much more confident in writing CVs, cover letters and application forms having completed the course. In comparing the CV and Cover Letter I drafted before completing the course to the ones I have produced since, I can really see how much I've been able to improve and strengthen my applications.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Absolutely brilliant. It was very informative with each step significant to the next. The pdf downloads and templates at the end of each section provided an excellent guide to understanding how to recognise and record our skills. The team put in an extraordinary effort to educate learners taking this course. I would highly recommend it. Thank you.
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Anonymous
4.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very useful course. It reminded me of some key bits of information and introduced a few brand new ideas to me. It especiallly helped me think in a more positive way about a few problems I have when applying for jobs and work on solutions to them. I'll definitely use some of the techniques I learnt on this course in the future.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I participated in this course as an initial stage before job hunting, so the true test will be whether I get shortlisted for any posts. The course is interesting, has given me some useful tools (notably, STAR) & helped me update my knowledge, so I can hopefully produce CVs & application forms which are not old-fashioned.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I was really interested in this course because it contains very important and useful information which is collected in one place. In addition to this, I have heard about two vital things that I really wanted to know tips to write them in an effective way. They are cover letter and personal statement.
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