• University of Glasgow

Net That Job: How to Write a CV Online

Find out how to write a CV online that will help you stand out and net your dream job, with this free online CV writing course.

39,925 enrolled on this course

Writing a CV online: a laptop, notebook and pen on a desk
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Writing a CV is a very personal thing – it’s a story about your past that employers will use to decide if you have a future with them. This free online course will guide you through the CV writing process, helping you create a CV online that will help you net your dream job.

Find out how to write a CV online

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to improve your existing CV, not only by making it more digital and putting your CV online, but also through being more aware of what makes a good CV and what makes a bad one.

In Weeks 1 and 2, we’ll be looking at all of the key skills you’ll need to perfect your CV – the idea is that you’ll build up these key skills so that you’ll be able to see a clear improvement in your CV writing.

In Week 2, we’ll consider how digital you want your CV to be, so that, by the end of the course, you’ll be in a great position to put your CV online and net that job.

Get CV writing advice from experts and learners around the world

Throughout the course, you’ll get cv writing advice from Willie McGuire, Rille Raaper and Viktoria Nikolova – a team of CV experts from the University of Glasgow.

You’ll also be able to connect with a huge number of other job hunters around the world, who are all bursting with ideas – ideas that you can use in your own CV writing.

You can follow the team behind this course on Twitter: @FLNetThatJob.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Hello, and a warm welcome to this course on netting a job with a digital CV. My name is Willie McGuire and I’m also known as a lead educator on this course. And together with Rille Raaper and Viktoria Nikolova, the other educators, we’ll help you to create a 21st century CV that’ll help you to net that dream job. Creating a CV is a personal thing. It’s partly a story of your past that employers use to decide if you have a future with them. When we begin a course, we’re entering new territory, and a guide is always helpful for that.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds So I’m going to give you an overview of two main things– your experiences and the key outcome of the course at the end of the third week. The main outcome from this course is that you’ll be able to improve your existing CV not only by making more digital, but also through being more aware of what makes a good CV and what makes a bad one. What’s unique about our course? Well, you have to put yourself in the position of the employer. And you have to determine how digital you want your CV to be, to match the job for what you applied.

Skip to 1 minute and 19 seconds Now, we’ll support you to achieve the key outcome as this free online course allows you to connect with huge, even massive, numbers of people who are all bursting with ideas, ideas that you can use to help you. As well as making use of the skills of other course members and using exciting ways of getting you think yourself into a job, we’ll also be encouraging you to be creative by experiencing new models of CV using video, LinkedIn, and QR codes. What’s QR code? Well, sign up for week 1 and find out. We can’t wait to start working with you.

What topics will you cover?

  • Defining CVs;
  • The main components of a CV: photographs, personal profiles, video profiles, education, work experience, volunteering, and future plans;
  • Making effective use of the experience of real employers by putting yourself in the position of the employer;
  • Examining the top five personality types sought by employers;
  • Developing transferable skills;
  • Learning how to communicate enthusiasm through a CV and through the deployment of words that convey energy;
  • Developing powers of discrimination to identify good and bad CVs;
  • Matching the CV to the job using job outlines, job advert analysis skills, and refining company research skills;
  • Matching the CV to the job by determining how much technology is appropriate for specific jobs;
  • Adding technology successfully to your CV;
  • Creating the finished CV online;
  • Evaluating the work of others.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the different forms of CV
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of a range of CV formats
  • Assess the degree of technology to be used in the CV
  • Debate the issues involved in the construction of CVs online
  • Match CVs to job specifications
  • Assess the degree of technology to be used in the CV
  • Create a CV online

Who is the course for?

There are no prior requirements for this course.

Who will you learn with?

I've been at Glasgow University, as a Senior Lecturer, for 12 years now and I love it!
Right now, my main aim is to help you to write better cvs so that you get an interview and net that job

Who developed the course?

The University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

  • Established

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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