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Key Foundations of a Job Application

Explore CVs, cover letters and how to create a good job application.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

Discover the dos and don’ts of writing a job application

During this course, you’ll have the chance to explore different types of CVs, their structures, and the formats of CV writing. We’ll also cover key tips for writing personals statements and tailoring cover letters to your chosen job.

You’ll also have the opportunity to consider recommendation letters and how these can add value and further enhance the credibility of a job application.

What topics will you cover?

  • CVs
  • Cover letters
  • Personal statements and tips for recommendation letters/references

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...

  • Reflect on the types of CVs, the do’s and don’ts of CV writing and the importance of tailoring CVs for specific job roles
  • Discuss the importance of a good cover letter and personal statement and the differences between the two
  • Reflect on tips of writing cover letters and personal statements, exploring examples and forming good writing habits

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone wanting to improve their employability skills for pursuing an international career.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Mahda is a lecturer in business strategy at Coventry University’s School of Strategy and Leadership. Mahda's research interests are BDA capability, digital transformation and organizational capability

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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