What is the course about?
In the first part of this one-day session, we will analyse the principles of CV writing by looking at job applications from an employers' perspective. In the second part, you will apply these principles to your own CV and we will look at how to draft a covering letter. This course is aimed at fluent/native speakers of English.
Anne Wilson is a careers counsellor and mentor. Her work as a corporate writer, communication consultant and trainer means she sees inside many organisations, both public and private. She understands how organisations work and knows how to help job seekers find creative routes to open up opportunities.
What will we cover?
• Identifying skills / gathering evidence for your CV
• CV format conventions
• Your CV – first ideas, first draft
• Be aware of what makes a persuasive cover letter.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
•Decide on the best evidence to demonstrate the skills you have
• Workshop ideas for your CV / write a first draft
• Write a cover letter / supporting statement.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is an introductory business writing course. You will benefit more from the course if you can bring a draft of your CV with you. The course is not designed to improve your general writing skills. You should have a GCSE grade C or above level of English (or equivalent) and be a fluent/native English speaker.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The session will consist of presentations from your tutor, pair and group work, and class discussion.
All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Handouts will be provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build provide a range of business-orientated writing courses. Search 'business writing' to find the perfect course to support and enhance your career.
All students are invited to join us at Build Talks Back, our monthly performance night for Build writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details