Workplace skills: how to write an impacting CV and covering letter

Course Dates: 20/01/22 - 03/02/22
Time: 09:55 - 12:25
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Are you sure your CV is influencing employers in the way you want? Is it enticing them to know more about you? Does it contain the right content and is it written to maximise its impact? Do you know how to write and structure a covering letter? The vast majority of applicants write ineffective poorly worded CVs, person specifications and covering letters. Don't be one of them. Join this course and improve your chances of finding the work you want.
This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
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Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £4.00

Course Code: AECV02

Thu, day, 20 Jan - 03 Feb '22

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will develop your CV, person specifications and covering letters so you know what to include, what to miss out, what type of language to use, how to structure them and how to make sure you avoid typical mistakes while getting yourself noticed, maximising your experience, skills and chances of impressing employers. The emphasis on this course will be very much on the content and language you should use.

What will we cover?

We will look at CV writing, person specifications and covering letters. Topics covered include:
• identifying what content should be in these types of applications
•matching your application to the job requirements
• how to present the information e.g. when to use prose or bullet points
• how to order the information to maintain the interest of the employer
• what type of language should be used
• how to make the employer take notice
• how to write to the point
• how to edit your writing.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• confidently write impacting CVs, person specifications and covering letters matched to the jobs you are applying for
• identify appropriate content for these different types of applications
•present the information to show yourself in the best way
• order the information to maintain the interest of the employer
• use language effectively to keep the attention of the employer and make them take notice of you
•write to the point and edit your writing so your text reads well.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all those who want to improve their chances of finding work but who are unsure of how to approach CV writing, person specifications and covering letters. You might be looking for administration work, customer services or middle management posts.Your level of English should be at least level 1 or above (pre-GCSE). For those who need more general help with their English, please contact

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment. The tutor will help you discover rules and features of writing CVs, person specifications and covering lettes. You will work on your own and with other students on different tasks so you are always practising important in-demand work skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, prioritising, collaborating and independence. You will learn in a step by step manner. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve and how to work in a way that improves your learning. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a pen, some lined A4 paper and a file to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and a code for Google classroom so you can communicate with classmates and access materials, videos etc. online.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

In addition to this course, you might find the following courses helpful:
• Getting job ready: identifying the most in-demand work skills and how you can develop them
• Digital skills to apply for work: CVs, covering letters and use of social media

In addition, we have many courses which will help you with your general workplace skills, as well as more specifically your English, maths and digital skills. These include:

• Develop your confidence in writing: sentence formation, grammar and punctuation in everyday writing (level 1-2)
• Develop your confidence in writing: finding the right tone and improving your style (level 1-2)
• Develop your writing for inside and outside the workplace: how to make your writing organised, clear and to the point (level 2)
• Develop your reading and writing for inside and outside the workplace: read well, write well - analysing, evaluating and making decisions about what you read (level 2)
• Workplace skills: getting your point across (level 2)
• Workplace skills: how to work effectively with other people and be a team person
• Workplace skills: communicating, negotiating and influencing (level 2)
• Workplace skills: how to collaborate, coordinate and build relationships through the Cloud using One Drive and SharePoint
• Workplace skills: how to collaborate, coordinate and build relationships with Microsoft Teams

There also many English, maths, digital skills and data literacy courses at different levels you can do. Ask your tutor or contact / 020 7492 2511 for more details.

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