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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 50 reviews

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  • 3 stars 10%
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Ih S
5.0 5 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 2 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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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.
2 people found
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Anonymous
3.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous partially 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 a month 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
5.0 4 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 4 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 2 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
4.0 3 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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Neringa J
5.0 5 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 a week 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 2 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 3 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
5.0 4 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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Olivia F
5.0 3 weeks ago
Olivia completed this course.
This course is very useful for those who are interesting in getting the skills that will make them succeed when applying for a job. It teaches you not only how to write a CV and a Cover letter but also how to answer the questions an applicant will be asked when filling up an application form.
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Imtiaz A
4.0 3 months ago
by Imtiaz completed this course.
This course covers basic but necessary tips and techniques regarding CV, cover letter, personal statement and gives a better insight into completing Course or any Job application form questions.

This course is best for undergraduate, postgraduate and also for job seekers.
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Anonymous
3.0 5 months ago
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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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It was a nice course, helps me to know what i need to put in my cv, helps me to know how organisate my thoughts in the personal statement, a good tool to give examples of experiences like the STAR tool, and others stuff i think its very usefull for the life.
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Anonymous
4.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was very informative. I learnt a lot and now have a new perspective of how to write my CV. A lot of valuable tips were shared, which enhanced the learning experience. Thanks to the tutors who contributed their knowledge and experience to this course.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very good course for anyone who is on the way of getting the job or study course of the dream and ready to apply for it. The course helps to write impresive CVs and cover letter as the very first and very important step for being enrolled or employed. Thank you.
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