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You are approaching the end of your PhD or are working as a postdoc. You are thinking about the next step in your career and have a rough idea of your strengths, ambitions and the type of job(s) you would like to apply for, but you do not know how to communicate this effectively to potential future employers.

In this workshop we will help you translate your rough ideas into unique and clear ‘selling points’. These will help you to present yourself in such a way that any future employer understands how you can be of value to their organisation. At the end of the workshop you will have an irresistible CV and LinkedIn profile, and you feel confident on how to communicate your competences and skills during network conversations, interviews and in cover letters. You will be ready to apply for the next step in your career!

Upon completion of this workshop

  • You know how to convincingly present yourself when applying for a job.
  • You will define your Unique Selling Points including your work experience, talents and skills, resulting in an irresistible and impressive profile for potential employers
  • You are (more) comfortable while networking, both face-to face and on social media
  • You know what to expect from an application process
  • You can write a cover letter conveying your motivation for the job, as well as your strengths and skills
  • You know how to structure your CV and LinkedIn profile


This workshop consists of a one-day course, which is followed by a 30 minutes individual coaching session after an interval of 3 weeks.

Workshop – 1 day

  • Define your unique selling points
  • Draft a convincing CV and LinkedIn profile. What do recruiters need to know about you, other than your academic profile?! Which competences are valued outside academia?
  • Networking: both face-to-face and on social media
  • Application procedure: how does it work and how can you prepare yourself?
  • Effective demonstration of your competences in a cover letter and a job interview

Individual coaching session – 30 minutes

  • An opportunity to discuss your revised CV/LinkedIn and receive additional feedback
  • You may also use this session for other personal career related questions

For whom?

  • PhD students & postdocs who have an idea of where they want to go, career-wise, but want support on how to present themselves in a convincing way.
  • There are 10 places available.

When and where?

  • September 3, 2019 - 9:30-16:30 - workshop - room A4, building D, campus Diepenbeek
  • September 24, 2019 - individual coaching session (30 min.): timeslots will be divided during the workshop - room A54, building D, campus Diepenbeek


  • Registration is closed.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you can't make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'career management & personal development' - workshop on career management
  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST:category 'career & personal development' - workshop on career management