How to Succeed at Writing Applications (MOOC)

How to Succeed at Writing Applications (MOOC)

Writing applications is usually much more challenging than we expect. This free three-week online course will help you produce a perfect CV, application and online profile when applying for a job, an MBA or a Master’s course.


This course offered by the Career Centre at the University of Sheffield will help you to succeed in getting the job you want or in securing a place at the university you have chosen. To put it in fewer words – this course will help you to sell yourself. Also you will learn how to create a fantastic CV and online profile. You will be able afterwards to write the best possible application for the job or course that you want.

About the course

Experts at the Career Centre at the University of Sheffield will show you some of the best practices you can use when applying for jobs, apprenticeships, placements and university courses.  You will be able to take a look at each element of the application process, from preparing to apply to writing CVs and completing application forms.

This course has been designed and developed by experts from the Careers Service at the University of Sheffield to help you to write successful applications, whether you are applying for jobs or planning to study at university or college.

You will learn top tips to help you write exceptional applications, CVs (or résumés in American English), covering letters and personal statements and and the course will provide insight from employers and admissions tutors on what they look for in candidates. We’ll go on to help you examine your digital footprint and develop a professional profile online.

The course is highly participative and includes articles to read, videos to watch and interactive material to help you master the art of application and CV writing. There will also be discussions where you can learn from and support each other, self-reflective exercises and quizzes. During the course you’ll be encouraged to build a portfolio of your work which will help you with future applications.

What you’ll learn:

  • how to build the perfect CV
  • how to write a good application
  • how to write a remarkable cover letter
  • how to be confident at an interview

Starting date: 13 June 2016

Duration: 3 weeks

Language: English

Instructors: Pamela Hafekost, Hilary Jones, Alison Clay, Marcus Zientek, Steve McCarthy

Institution: University of Sheffield

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