How To Get Hired: Writing And Speaking Your Best
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Build your profile, develop your CV, succeed at your interview, and ace your assessment centre examinations
4.5 (2 ratings)
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Created by Craig Anthony
Last updated 6/2014
English
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Includes:
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • To build a personal profile that can be used in job applications
  • To understand strategies for better business writing
  • To build your LInkedIn profile
  • To write your CV / Resume
  • To write cover letters for your job applications
  • To put together essays for graduate schemes
  • To be able to succeed at job interviews
  • To be able to succeed at assessment centres
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Requirements
  • You should be applying for a job
  • You may want to be applying for a graduate scheme
  • You should be able to hold a conversation in English, as you have to interview in English and work in English
Description

Summary

"How to get hired" is a premium course by the Business English HQ team. In this course, our team walks students through the necessary steps to write an application, build a personal profile, construct a CV, write a cover letter, succeed at an interview, and perform well during an assessment centre.

Course Overview

The course is broken into 5 modules:

    1. Before your interview

    2. Business, CV, and cover letter writing style

    3. CV and cover letter

    4. Interview and assessment centre:

    5. After your interview

Each of our 5 modules is broken into 2 or 3 lessons with 4-8 videos. Each video is between 3 and 20 minutes and focuses on one specific strategy or tactic that you’ll need to move towards your dream job.

The videos are broken into two types:

    1. Instructional

    2. Question Box

Our instructional videos involve a powerpoint presentation and a voice over explaining what you need to do to learn the topic we teach.

Our Question Box videos involve a two-way conversation between our lead instructor, Craig, and another member of our team.

Materials

After each lesson you will have a quiz to solidify your understanding.

Each video lesson comes with supplemental information. This material involves templates, links to web resources, and practice assignments that you want you to work on.

Timeline

The course will take at least one week to complete because we ask you to think critically about each lesson and to perform activities, such as cover letter writing, interview preparation, and group exercise preparation.

Because each lesson stands alone, you do not have to follow the order of the course. Instead, you can focus on your unique areas of improvement.


Who is the target audience?
  • Non-native English speakers looking to start a career
  • People who struggle with their CV, applications, interviews, or assessment centres
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Curriculum For This Course
75 Lectures
04:37:07
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Introduction
1 Lecture 07:10

Getting a job for anyone is difficult. If you are about to be a graduate, or if you are a recent graduate, and you are also a non-native English speaker trying to get a job in the US or the UK, getting a job can feel impossible.

Our course teaches you the English necessary to get a fantastic job. This video introduces you to our course. It also presents the teaching style we will use throughout the entire course, so you can become familiar with your instructors and your study structure.

Enjoy.

Preview 07:10

We will quiz you throughout the course. This is a sample of what we will ask, how we will ask it, and what you can do right away to start doing well on your lessons. Let's get that job.

Introduction Quiz
4 questions
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Before your interview
18 Lectures 48:43

The first Section of the course, Know What to Do Before an Interview, is all about you - your special qualities, skills, knowledge, and experience. There are three lessons that help you explore who you are.

  • Lesson 1 has to do with identifying your personal qualities and communication style.
  • Lesson 2 has you describe your special skills and knowledge.
  • Lesson 3 shows you how to put all this information together by writing an effective LinkedIn profile.
Section Introduction
01:36

Lesson 1 has you explore your own attitudes, personal preferences, and communication style. You will begin writing your personal profile. There are three activities.

In activity 1, you are going to write about your personal qualities.

In activity 2, you are going to describe your own communication style.

Finally, in activity 3, a quiz, you will review what you learned in the lesson.

Lesson 1: Introduction
02:18

In applying for the right job that fits you best, it's important to know who you are.

In this lesson, you think about how you felt in important situations, how you acted and reacted in critical moments, and what your colleagues and friends think of you.

You learn about a fascinating Case Study of an effective salesperson, Ino, with whom Dr. Frank worked.

Lesson 1: Personal Qualities Overview
02:29

What are the qualities of a great salesperson? In this lesson, you learn about 16 forceful qualities that Ino demonstrated in his work as a remarkable salesperson.

In addition, there is a list of 15 other personal qualities that a good business person may have. Use some of the adjectives later in your own profile, if they apply to you.

Lesson 1: Personal Qualities Case Study
04:54

In this activity, you write down 10 to 15 qualities that best describe you. You use the STAR Method to explain how you showed each of the qualities in a specific situation. This is great practice for later writing and speaking activities.

Look at the external resource for a list of other qualities that may describe you.

Lesson 1: Activity 1 - Writing your own qualities
03:04

Do you know your communication style? In this lesson, you learn about four different communication styles: supporter, thinker, promoter, and controller.

You also find out about some kinds of jobs that are suitable for each of the communication styles.

Lesson 1: Communication Style
04:55

In this activity, you identify your communication style: supporter, thinker, promoter or controller, by completing a questionnaire.

Lesson 1: Activity 2 - Your communication style
01:19

Activity 3 - Review Lesson 1
20 questions

This lecture summarizes what you did in Lesson 1:
a) write notes describing your personal qualities,

b) learn about different communication styles,

c) complete a communication style questionnaire, and

d) take a quiz.

Lesson 1: Wrap-up
02:10

In Lesson 2, you continue building your personal profile. You learn about:

a) some special skills and knowledge in sales in our Case Study, and

b) powerful language to sell yourself.

You conclude the lesson with a quiz.

Lesson 2: Introduction
01:27

In this lecture, you learn about some special skills in selling in our case study. Pay attention to the action words that are used, such as "establish" trust or "develop" a wide knowledge.

Preview 04:14

This lecture shows you more action words, such as "research" and "captivate," that you could use in building your own personal profile later in the lesson.

Lesson 2: Case Study (2)
02:23

This lecture continues to teach you powerful and persuasive language in selling yourself. For example, you learn about using dramatic words and expressive adjectives. You also learn about the importance of telling interesting stories.

Lesson 2: Case Study (3)
03:04

In this activity, you continue building your personal profile. You write about your own skills, knowledge and experience that make you unique.

Lesson 2: Activity
01:21

Lesson 2: Quiz
11 questions

This lecture summarizes what you did in Lesson 2:

a) learn about the skills and knowledge of an effective salesperson,

b) complete your own personal profile,

c) build your vocabulary, and

d) take a quiz. (add Quiz B - matching in a PDF)

Lesson 2: Wrap-up
00:45

Lesson 3 is about creating your own LinkedIn profile.

a) You learn about what to do and not to do in creating a perfect LinkedIn profile in an interview with Craig and Jenny.

b) You write a compelling summary about yourself using keywords that best describe you.

c) You can share your profile with us and we give you feedback.

You conclude the lesson with a quiz.

Lesson 3: Introduction
02:08

In this lecture, you listen to an interview between Craig and Jenny, who asks about LinkedIn.

a) You learn why LinkedIn is so useful for showcasing yourself and finding a job.

b) You see an example of Dr. Frank's LinkedIn profile.

c) You learn some key tips about what not to do in your own LinkedIn profile.

Lesson 3: Build a LinkedIn Profile
07:13

In this lecture, you write a LinkedIn profile using our template. You can also ask us questions, in the course itself or at our website (see external resources).

Lesson 3: LinkedIn Activity
01:55

Lesson 3: LinkedIn Quiz
13 questions

This lecture summarizes what you did in Lesson 3:

a) learn why LinkedIn is such an important business tool,

b) discover what to do and not to do in writing a LinkedIn profile,

c) create your own LinkedIn profile, and

d) take a quiz.

Lesson 3: Wrap-up
01:28
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Business, CV, and Cover Letter Writing Style
17 Lectures 01:05:33

This section is all about writing well in English to get hired.

Writing Section Introduction
00:32

In Lesson 4, you learn to write with correct style and voice in English. You learn about the:

a) elements of good writing.

b) difference between the active voice and passive voice.

You conclude the lesson with a quiz reviewing the main points in the lesson.

Lesson 4: Introduction
01:37

In this lecture, you learn about the importance of being clear and using an appropriate voice as well as exact vocabulary in your English writing.

You learn about the six classic writing rules of George Orwell, a famous English author.

Lesson 4: Elements of writing
07:39

In this lecture, you learn why using the active voice in your English writing is forceful and concise.

Preview 04:25

In this lecture, you get instructions for doing two activities (see the PDF resource documents).

The first activity asks you to identify and correct passive voice errors.

The second activity asks you to choose between jargon and every day language.

Lesson 4: Activity
01:04

Lesson 4: Quiz
8 questions

This lecture summarizes what you did in Lesson 4:

a) learn to use familiar language in order to communicate simply,

b) use the active voice to add clarity to your writing,

c) distinguish between jargon and every day language, and

d) take a quiz.

Lesson 4: Wrap-up
01:47

In Lesson 5, you continue to learn to use appropriate style in writing in English.

a) You learn 10 strategies for improving your writing style.

b) You do two activities to help you improve your vocabulary.

You conclude the lesson with a quiz reviewing the key ideas in the lesson.

Lesson 5: Introduction
01:42

In this lecture, you learn 10 strategies to get your point across quickly in anything you write. They are based on Rudolf Flesch's suggestions for concise, forceful writing (see external resource).

Lesson 5: 10 Recommendations
08:27

In this lecture, you complete a vocabulary activity in which you fill in the blanks with the correct word.

Activity
00:34

Lesson 5: Quiz
8 questions

This lecture summarizes what you did in Lesson 5:

a) learn 10 tips for successful business writing,

b) complete a text about good business writing practices, and

c) take a quiz.

If you needed writing help, you sent us a comment or question and made a recommendation for other teaching points In an email or on our website (http://www.businessenglishhq.com/help).

Lesson 5: Wrap up
03:22

Lesson 6 shows you how to write an effective application letter.

a) You learn ways to enrich your vocabulary by using power verbs.

b) You hear about, in an interview, what to do and not to do in writing an application letter.

c) You distinguish between good and bad letter writing by using a 20 point checklist.

d) You write an application letter based on an actual job posting.

You conclude the lesson with a quiz.

Lesson 6: Introduction
01:57

In lecture 31, you learn 10 basic principles of good application letter writing. This is an important writing task for finding an ideal job.

You discover ways to make your unique personality, energy, and dynamism impress a hiring professional.

Lesson 6: Principles of writing
10:02

In this lecture - an interview, you learn

a) important techniques for good application letter writing, and

b) what to avoid in your writing.

Pay careful attention to Richard Maun's four paragraph approach.

Lesson 6: Do's & Don'ts of Letter Writing
05:55

In lecture 33, you learn to use powerful verbs and expressions to describe your personal qualities, skills, knowledge, and experience in describing yourself.

Lesson 6: Power Verbs
11:20

In this lecture, you have instructions to do two activities.

First, you use a 20 point checklist to indicate whether a letter writing practice is good or bad.

Second, in a role-playing situation, you write an application letter using a template.

See the resource documents. ( 20 point checklist / application letter template)

Lesson 6: Activity
03:29

Lesson 6: Quiz
13 questions

This lecture summarizes what you did in Lesson:

a) learn to use power verbs in an application letter,

b) use a 20 point checklist to review an application letter,

c) distinguish between examples of good and bad letter writing,

d) practice writing an application letter, and

e) take a quiz to review the key ideas in the lesson.

Lesson 6: Wrap-up
01:19

CV, Resume, & Cover Letter Editing Services
00:22
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CV and Cover letter writing
14 Lectures 49:11

Section 4, Lessons 7 and 8, shows you how to write a fantastic CV and cover letter for maximum impact on the hiring professional reading them.

Session Introduction
00:17

Lesson 7 shows you how to write a professionally-looking CV.

a) You hear about, in an interview, what's good and bad in a real CV.

b) You learn how to use high-power expressions in your CV.

c) You use a 20 point checklist to improve a CV.

d) You write your own CV.

You conclude the lesson with a quiz.

Preview 01:57

In lecture 39, you learn what's good and bad about a real CV in an interview with a new graduate seeking a job.

Lesson 7: CV Improvement
14:31

In lecture 40, you walk through Tony's revised CV, showing all the revisions mentioned in the previous lecture. Be sure to download the PDF.

Lesson 7: More CV help
05:14

In lecture 41, you see a short list of skills and abilities that most employers value. They can be in such areas as, attitude and communication.

Think of real examples of skills and abilities you have.

Lesson 7: Phrases activity
04:51

In this lecture, you receive a useful 20-point checklist - for reviewing your CV - that you can download.

Lesson 7: CV Checklist
00:34

In this lecture, you have instructions to do two activities.

First, you improve a CV from a recent university graduate who does not have much job experience.

Second, in a role-playing situation, you write a CV for a specific job posting. See the resource documents.

Lesson 7: Activities
01:49

Lesson 7
10 questions

This lecture summarizes what you did in Lesson 7:

a) learn how to write an amazing CV,

b) know what to do and not to do in writing your own CV,

c) use high-power expressions to describe your skills and abilities,

d) practice ways of improving a CV,

e) write a fictional CV, and

f) take a quiz to review the key ideas in the lesson.

Lesson 7: Wrap-up
00:54

Lesson 8 shows you how to write an amazing common letter that you send accompanying your CV.

  1. You get advice on what to do and not to do in writing a cover letter.
  2. You see a sample of an excellent cover letter.
  3. You review power words and expressions.
  4. You role-play play a response to an advertised job by writing a cover letter.
  5. You take a short quiz.
Lesson 8: Introduction
02:43

In lecture 46, Question Box, Craig gives Katie six tips for writing an outstanding cover letter.

You want to write a memorable cover letter that gets a hiring manager to remember you and call you.

Lesson 8: Cover letter
09:15

In this lecture, you learn the elements of a good cover letter. You learn how to:

  • - state your contact information
  • - address the letter to a specific person
  • - phrase the opening paragraph
  • - describe yourself and your unique selling proposition
  • - make a call to action
  • - leave a final message
Lesson 8: A cover letter example
04:30

In lecture 48, you role-play an experienced salesperson looking for an advertised sales position.

You respond to a fictitious job posting using a cover letter template. Be sure to download the PDF in the supplementary material.

Lesson 8: Activity
01:05

Lesson 8
10 questions

This lecture summarizes what you did in Lesson 8:

a) learn how to write an eye-catching cover letter,

b) know what to do and not to do in writing a cover letter,

c) review power words and expressions for selling yourself,

d) practice writing an actual cover letter for an advertised job,

e) take a quiz to review the main ideas in the lesson.

Lesson 8: Wrap-up
01:09

CV & Cover Letter Consulting
00:22
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Interview and Assessment Center
15 Lectures 01:17:20

Lesson 9 introduces you to the interview and Assessment Center.

  1. You learn about interview preparation..
  2. You find out about the STAR method and answer template.
  3. You practice sample questions.
  4. You see an interview example.
  5. You do an activity and take a short quiz.
Preview 03:32

In lecture 52, you learn about the interview process revolving around the three C's:

1) Capability or competency

2) Commitment or motivation

3) Compatibility or being able to relate to others

Lesson 9: Interview prep
15:33

In this lesson, you learn how to know the company you're applying to.

1) You walk through a real company annual report to learn a) who the company is, b) what it does, c) what its goals are, and d) where it is going.

2) You look at a series of typical questions related to the three C's: capability, commitment, and compatibility.

Lesson 9: Interview prep part 2
14:02

In lecture 54, you learn how to respond to a competency-based question using the STAR technique.

1. Situation: context in which you found yourself

2. Task: problem you had

3. Action: steps you took

4. Result: positive outcome you achieved.

Lesson 9: STAR Method
05:26

In this brief, but important lecture, you learn about the structure of an interview.

1. Opening

2. Setting the scene

3. Exploration

4. Selling

5. Closure

Etiquette
01:25

In this lecture, you have instructions to do two activities.

1. You write answers to interview questions.

2. You read and analyze an annual report. See the resource documents.

Lesson 9: Activities
01:14

This lecture summarizes what you did in Lesson 9:

a) know how to perform well in an interview situation,

b) practice interview questions,

c) learn the structure for responding in interviews,

You also received more do's and don'ts in an interview situation.

Lesson 9: Wrap-up
01:32

Lesson 10 introduces you to an overview of assessment day.

1. Psychometric tests

2. Group projects

3. Writing assignments

4. Technical interview

5. Presentations

Preview 01:43

In lecture 60, you learn strategies and tips to answer three different kinds of test questions.

1. Verbal

2. Math

3. Logical reasoning

Lesson 10: Psychometric tests
12:40

In this lecture, you learn strategies for working in two different kinds of group projects.

1. Creative projects

2. Business cases

You learn some important keys to doing well. Be sure to consult the supplementary materials.

Lesson 10: Group projects
12:51

In lecture 62, you look at an example of a case study. You learn strategies and ideas to come up with a good written solution.

Be sure to consult the supplementary materials for writing practice.

Lesson 10: Writing assignments
05:22

This lecture discusses briefly what is a prepared wriiten presentation.

Lesson 10: Presentations
00:39

Lesson 10: Activity
00:05

This lecture summarizes what you did in Lesson 10:

a) learn how to answer psychometric tests,

b) participate in group projects,

c) practice writing projects,

d) take a quiz to review the key ideas in the lesson.

Lesson 10: Wrap-up
00:56

Interview & Assessment Centre Consulting
00:20
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After your interview/ac ... writing thank yous and all that
10 Lectures 28:55

Lesson 11 shows you how to improve your CV after you have had an interview.

  1. You find out 10 reasons why CVs get rejected.
  2. You decide what is good and bad about CV writing.
  3. You revise a CV.
  4. You take a short quiz.
Preview 01:39

In lecture 68, you learn 10 reasons why a CV can get rejected. It's critical to know what not to do in writing your CV

Lesson 11: Rejected CV
07:46

In this lecture, you have instructions to do two activities.

First, you decide what's good and bad about CV writing.

Second, you revise a CV choosing the correct word from a word bank.

Be sure to download the PDFs in the supplementary materials.

Lesson 11: Activites
01:29

Lesson 11
10 questions

This lecture summarizes what you did in Lesson 11:

a) learn about 10 reasons why CVs get rejected,

b) review some good and bad CV writing techniques,

c) complete a model CV,

d) take a quiz to review the key ideas in the lesson.

Lesson 11: Wrap-up
01:18

Lesson 12 shows you what to do and not to do after you have had an interview.

  1. You learn about the kinds of follow-up letter or email you can send.
  2. You find out what a JIST card is.
  3. You do a role playing activity in which you write a follow-up thank you letter.
  4. You take a short quiz.
Lesson 12 Intro
01:19

In lecture 72, Question Box, Craig gives Katie six pieces of advice on how to follow up an interview.

For example, you learn about a very important tool called a JIST card.

Lesson 12: Interview Follow up
08:15

In lecture 73, you see an excellent example of a real follow-up email. You also have an example of a JIST card that accompanied the thank you message.

Lesson 12: Email Follow up
03:02

In this lecture, you have instructions to do two activities.

First, in a role-playing activity, you write a follow-up thank-you letter after an interview.

Second, you write your own personal JIST card.

Be sure to download the PDFs in the supplementary materials.

Lesson 12: Activities
00:37

Lesson 12
9 questions

This lecture summarizes what you did in Lesson 12:

a) learn what to do and not to do after an interview,

b) write a follow-up thank-you letter or email,

c) create a JIST card,

d) take a quiz to review the main points in the lesson.

Lesson 12: Wrap up
03:08

Thank you
00:22
About the Instructor
Craig Anthony
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5 Courses
Test Prep and Cyber Security

I've been a test prep and admissions tutors since 2003. I have also been a cyber security consultant since 2014. I started as an SAT and GMAT tutor with Princeton Review. Whilst in uni, I tutored students. I then became director of operations for the Princeton Review in Texas and Thailand. After Princeton Review, I was senior course director for Prep Zone Singapore, wherein I developed a system of instruction that guarantees non-native English speakers excellent SAT marks.

Over the last 5 years I've developed my own tutoring curriculum throughout SE Asia, Europe, and the US. I developed in-person and online courses. In the same time, I've travelled the world as a cyber security technical consultant, helping enterprise and governments build cyber security platforms.

My Udemy class will include both test preparation and admissions courses, and information security and privacy courses.

Pricing

All of my courses are affordable. That is NOT because they are weak, poor quality, or ineffective. On the contrary. Because of my experience, I'd argue that my courses are amongst the best in the world.

They are also affordable. Why? Because test preparation is inherently unfair. If you have thousands of dollars, you can hire someone like me to sit in your living room and walk you through the lessons. That will always be true. But the information... the strategies, tactics, and knowledge... those should NOT be super expensive.

These courses teach you all you need and afford you the opportunity to ask questions. Take advantage of these in your training and you will do exceptionally well on your exams.