Free online courses from the Careers Service 

Careers MOOCThe University of Sheffield Careers Service are running two mini-MOOCs to help you succeed in the world of job-hunting. From writing killer CVs to how to conduct yourself in interviews, both of these free online courses are designed to provide you with the skills you need to land your dream job.

“How to Succeed at: Writing Applications”

This course will help you to write successful applications, whether you are applying for jobs or planning to study at university or college.

You’ll have the opportunity look at different parts of the application process, discovering how the skills you have gained through work experience and your studies can be matched to job advertisements or course requirements.

The course leaders will share top tips with you to help you write exceptional applications, CVs (or résumés), covering letters and personal statements. You’ll receive insights from employers and admissions tutors on what they look for in candidates and there’s also the chance to examine your digital footprint and develop a professional profile online.

The course starts on 9 February 2015 and lasts for three weeks.

Sign up for “How to Succeed at: Writing Applications”.

“How to Succeed at: Interviews”

This course will help you to succeed at interviews, whether you are applying for jobs or planning to study. Being offered an interview can be quite daunting, so this course will provide you will a set of materials to help you prepare and be successful on the day.

You’ll be shown how to research the organisation so you can answer that frequently asked question ‘why do you want to work for us?’ with style. You’ll get advice on what to wear (and what not to wear) and go through some common interview questions. You’ll also receive tips from employers and admissions tutors on what they look for in candidates and cover the types of questions you should be asking them.

Finally, the course will talk you through how to prepare for different types of interview, including how to make an impression via telephone or video or within a group setting. It’ll also help you prepare for tests and practical work that may be included as part of the interview process.

The course starts on 9 March 2015 and lasts for three weeks.

Sign up for “How to Succeed at: Interviews”.

Both courses are highly participative and include articles for you to read, videos to watch and interactive material. There will also be discussions where you and other participants can learn from and support each other, as well as self-reflective exercises and quizzes. Throughout each course you’ll be encouraged to collect a portfolio of your work which will help you in the future.

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