Digital Skills to apply for work: CVs, covering letters and use of social media

Course Dates: 27/09/21 - 25/10/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Do you want to maximise your chances of gaining the work you want? How you present yourself via you CV, covering letters and social media can make a big difference the impression you make and in gaining potential employers' attention. On this course you will learn all the skills you need to create an online CV, how to make sure its layout is impacting and visually appropriate, and how to use different templates and software such as Word and Sway. You will also learn the key elements of ensuring your covering letter or person specification is well-presented and easy to read. Finally, the course will show you how to make the most of an online presence such as LinkedIn to ensure you are noticed by employers.
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) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £8.00

Course Code: CDL04

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Mon, eve, 27 Sep - 25 Oct '21

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will help ensure that you have the digital skills to create a well-presented CV that can be used as an attachment or as a shared online document. You will learn how to create and use different types of layouts or use templates from Word so that the information you present is clear and impactful. You will also practise using SWAY to create a resume which allows you to present your skills and work in a visually dynamic way that tells a story about your work experience and skills and which can be shared via an online link. You will also develop your skills in formatting and presenting covering letters or person specifications. Finally, we will focus on how to integrate your CVs into social media platforms such as LinkedIn to maximise your exposure.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• what should a good and effective CV look like?
• how to layout a CV and covering letter using key features of Word
• how to use different templates on Word to match your skillset and the types of jobs you are applying for
• how to use SWAY and the templates on it to create a dynamic storytelling CV that you can continually update
• how to set up and develop a LinkedIn profile
• how to add your CV to LinkedIn
• how to use LinkedIn effectively to network and keep your profile up-to-date.

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

• identify what a good and effective CV looks like?
•layout a CV and covering letter using key features of Word
• use different templates on Word that match your skillset and the types of jobs you are applying for
•use SWAY and the templates on it to create a dynamic storytelling CV that you can continually update and share
•set up and develop a LinkedIn profile
• add your CV to your LinkedIn profile
• use LinkedIn effectively to network and keep your profile up-to-date.

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

This course is for anyone who already has some digital skills but wants to develop these skills specifically for CV creation, covering letters and social media use. If you need more general help on your beginner digital skills, then call 020 7492 2511?

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

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment. You will work on your own and with other students on different tasks so you are always practising important in-demand life and work skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, prioritising, negotiating, collaborating and independence. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. 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?

There are a number of courses you can do before, at the same time or after this course. The most closely related courses for finding and applying for work are:
•Workplace skills: how to write an impacting CV and covering letter
This course will help you with the actual content of your job applications and how to use the right language.
•Getting job ready: identifying the most in-demand work skills and how you can develop them
This course will help you identify the skills you have and how to develop them so you are well-placed in the job market.

However, we many other work-oriented courses to help you with communication skills, decision-making, digital skills, organisational skills and much more. For example:
• Workplace skills: getting your point across (level 2)
• Workplace skills: how to work effectively with other people and be a team person
• 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
• Digital skills for the workplace: analysing, handling and presenting data with Excel (intermediate)
• Digital Skills for the virtual and face-to-face office (intermediate)
• Workplace skills: how to be organised, focused and efficient using MS Outlook (intermediate)
Ask your tutor or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 for more details.

There also many English, maths and office skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 for more details.

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