How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

Online Course

Future Learn
How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

What is the course about?

How to Succeed at: Writing Applications
The course How to Succeed at: Writing Applications is an online class provided by The University of Sheffield through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

Learn how to write a cover letter, build an online profile and how to write a CV that enhances your job or course application.

Course description
  • Get expert CV tips and write applications that make the right impression
  • 3 weeks
  • Writing a CV or application is challenging, as it’s hard to know exactly what will make you stand out and get you the job you deserve.
  • On this course, you’ll learn from experts at the University of Sheffield’s career service as they share their advice on writing exceptional applications, CVs (or résumés), cover letters and personal statements.
  • You’ll learn everything from promoting yourself through writing and analysing job ads to researching an organisation and using the STAR technique.
  • You’ll also hear from employers and admissions tutors to find out what they really look for in a candidate.
  • Analysing job adverts and course descriptions
  • Researching the organisation
  • Promoting yourself through positive writing
  • Mastering applicant tracking systems
  • Creating a personal brand
  • Dealing with gaps in your application
  • Making a positive impression
  • Creating an effective CV
  • Developing a professional online profile
  • Selling yourself in your covering letter
  • Exploring sample CVs and covering letters
  • How to approach application forms
  • Structuring your responses with the STAR technique
  • Responding to competency-based, strength-based, motivational and situational judgement questions
  • How to write a brilliant personal statement
  • Improve your chances of success in getting a job or securing a place on a university course
  • Apply best practice techniques when applying for jobs, apprenticeships, placements and university courses, from preparing to apply, to writing CVs and completing application forms
  • Identify what recruiters are looking for by analysing job adverts and researching employers and institutions, to find out how to adapt your offer to suit their requirements
  • Develop a better understanding of your strengths and skills to tackle applying for your dream job or course with confidence
  • Improve the way you promote yourself effectively through positive writing and a strong personal brand, creating an identity that looks impressive to a recruiter, whether that’s an employer or admissions tutor
  • This course is designed for anyone applying for jobs or courses who wants to learn how to write a cover letter or CV that works.
  • 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.
  • Once you’ve written that perfect application, prepare for the next stage with our course: How to Succeed at: Interviews.
  • The University of Sheffield
  • The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.

Prerequisites & Facts

How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

Course Topic

Business & Management, Professional Development, Study Skills

University, College, Institution

The University of Sheffield

Course Skill Level

Course Language


Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / The University of Sheffield you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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Topic: Business & Management, Professional Development, Study Skills