Applying For A Job: CV And Application Writing Skills

Your CV is an opportunity to demonstrate your English skills, make you stand out from other applicants, and maximise your chance of an interview. This non-accredited 18-hour course, will support you in creating a CV that is professional both in content and layout. You will also learn how to adapt your CV to meet the criteria of an advertised job description and complete a job application form using information in your CV.

Who is this course for

Those enrolling, may be individuals who are producing a CV for the first time, people who have moved to the UK from another country and need to produce an English CV, or those with existing CVs that need reviewing and updating. Students should have as a minimum Entry-3 ESOL or Literacy level and be able to use Word for Windows on a desktop computer.

What does this course cover

After this course there will be the opportunity to enrol on a new course: 'Introduction to Employability: Interview and Workplace Skills'. This is a 10-week (30 hour) course that will develop your personal and professional qualities and skills and better equip you for both the interview process and navigating a new workplace.

The aims of the course include:

' Knowing what makes a good CV and what to avoid
' Creating a CV with a clear and structured layout
' Filling in work history gaps that could be due to raising a family, poor health, being in a caring role, or travelling.
' Producing a personal statement that highlights your skills and qualities.
' Completing a job application form, which many employers now prefer to use rather than requesting individual CVs.

By the end of the course you will have a professional CV that you can upload or print when applying for paid or unpaid (voluntary) work.

What will it be like

The course will include tutor presentations aided by a 'smart' board, individual and group activities and some PC work. Students will receive individual support and be encouraged to contribute to a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students should bring paper, pens, a folder for coursework and class handouts, and a USB memory stick. You will be asked to collate and bring to class any information that is relevant to your CV such as education and work history.

What this course could lead to

Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference.   We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

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